Nurturing Australian Artists

Hatched Academy

What is Hatched Academy?

Hatched Academy offers a unique opportunity to be mentored by Australia’s finest instrumentalists, composers and key industry stakeholders in the creation and performance of living new music. In 2022 there are three streams: Hatched Academy Composer Summer School, Hatched HOME Academy, and Hatched Associate Artist. Assisted by Musica Viva Australia.

2022 Associate Artist applications are due midnight Friday 6 August 2021. APPLY NOW

2022 Summer School applications will open in October 2021.

“It was so wonderful to be welcomed into the EO family and to have the opportunity to perform with them.” Georgina Oakes (clarinet), 2018 Hatched Associate Artist

Hatched Academy was a great opportunity to experience a comprehensive overview of what it’s like to be a freelance artist in an ensemble setting – basically synthesising that knowledge into a package to take back with me when I pursue my own things.” Jacob Abela (piano), 2015 Hatched Associate Artist


Associate Artist

Applications are now open for Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy Associate Artist. We are looking for a passionate and innovative Australian performer who is interested in specialising in new music as part of their portfolio career, to join the ensemble for a number of performances during 2022. Our chosen Associate Artist will be paid professional performance fees and is mentored by our core musicians as well as selected external mentors throughout the year. Travel costs will be covered for the chosen interstate participant.

The experience of being Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy Associate Artist provides a unique opportunity to build a successful performance career specialising in living new music and sculpting ones own musical path. “It was so wonderful to be welcomed into the EO family and to have the opportunity to perform with them. I definitely felt a sense of belonging, over and above any feeling that I would have had by just being called in for a concert.” – Georgina Oakes (clarinet), 2018 Hatched Associate Artist.

Applications close midnight Friday 6th August 2021.

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Home Academy

Initiated in 2020 with the outbreak of Covid-19 and ensuing lockdowns around the country, Hatched Home Academy consists of one-on-one mentoring sessions with Ensemble Offspring’s core musicians (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, conducting) who generously share their advice and experience in instrumental or composition lessons, industry advice, grant writing advice and more in person or via Zoom. Hatched Home Academy 2021 will occur during July with participants of all ages from all around metropolitan and regional Australia.

Composer Summer School

Hatched Academy Summer School brings together six emerging composers from around Australia for a week of workshops with Ensemble Offspring core musicians, industry specialists and a guest mentor composer, culminating in a professionally documented public concert of the composers’ new works. The Summer School offers composers the opportunity to have their music workshopped by some of Australia’s finest chamber musicians with years of experience working with emerging composers. Feedback is delivered in a warm, honest and constructive manner and composers are supported in their plight

to create the most idiomatic and effective work possible. Throughout the week the participants are also given the opportunity to share ideas with their colleagues and are mentored in programming, funding, marketing, audience engagement and introduced to important industry contacts.

“The overall Hatched Experience was really amazing, fun and challenging at times! Finally seeing everyone’s pieces coming together was a real treat.” – Christine Pan, Hatched Composer Summer School 2020

2022 Summer School applications will open in October 2021.

Open Mic

Currently on hold, Hatched Open Mic ran from 2018-2020, providing an important platform for local emerging performers and ensembles to present their music to Ensemble Offspring’s audience base. Chosen musicians were mentored by Artistic Director Claire Edwardes in programming and encouraged to collaborate with other Hatched participants. The Open Mic concerts, presented at 107 Redfern and ESCAC, leveraged Ensemble Offspring’s production and marketing resources and the event was professionally documented for portfolio use by the musicians.


2021 Mentor: Tristan Coelho

Tristan Coelho is an award-winning Sydney-based composer who specialises in concert music and film projects. His music draws inspiration largely from either nature, especially the idea of amplifying otherwise soft and delicate sounds, or our digital, data-driven world.

Project highlights include Rhythm City toured by Zubin Kanga in 2019; Smell of the Earth performed by Tambuco Percussion; read/write error commissioned by Ensemble Offspring and finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards; A line is a dot premiered by Claire Edwardes; and an interactive music soundscape walk inspired by the local surrounds of Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains.

As an active music educator, Tristan has written numerous works for student ensembles and runs creative music workshops around Sydney. He has recently completed a new music education project in collaboration with flautist Lamorna Nightingale titled Other Voices, designed to enhance students’ composition, songwriting and music technology skills.

2019-20 Mentor: Kate Neal

Kate Neal is an artist with over 20 years experience as a composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and collaborator. Her artistic practice has earned scholarships from the Dutch Government (1998), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (2005), and the Hephzibah Tintner Fellowship (2006), among others, and Neal has enjoyed working as an orchestrator and arranger for many pop and rock bands, feature and independent films, and choreographers and dance companies.

From 2004-2007 she worked as a sessional composition teacher and also lectured in Music and Image at the Victorian College of the Arts, and since 2006 she has been incorporating extra-musical parameters within the notation of a musical score, such as physical gesture, design, light and choreography. In many cases, these works provide a variety of unprecedented collisions of unlikely visual and musical cues. From 2009-2013 Neal was a Graduate Fellow at Princeton University in the USA. In 2013 Neal returned from the US to take a one-year position as Composer in Residence for the Four Winds Festival. In 2015/16 Neal was the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship, allowing her to compose six substantial new works over two years.

2019 Mentor: Ken Thomson

Embracing the combination of complexity in harmony, rhythm, and form while adding a punk-rock aesthetic, Brooklyn-based Ken Thomson stands alone in his unique corner of today’s multifaceted musical world.

Ken plays clarinet for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, one of the world’s preeminent new music ensembles. He is the musical director for the Asphalt Orchestra, an 8-piece next-generation avant-garde street band. He plays saxophone and is one of the 4 composers in the punk/chamber/jazz band Gutbucket, with whom he toured internationally.

As a composer, Ken has been commissioned by such ensembles as the American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can, the True/False Film Festival, Doug PerkinsMariel Roberts, and others, and has received awards from New Music USA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, ASCAP and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.  His arrangement of Meredith Monk’s “Downfall” was called one of the “Top 25 Classical Tracks of 2020” by The New York Times.

2018 Mentors: Matthew Shlomowitz, Cathy Milliken & Amanda Cole

Matthew Shlomowitz teaches at University of Southampton, co-directs Plus Minus Ensemble with Mark Knoop and Vicky Wright; and runs the podcast Soundmaking with Håkon Stene.

Cathy Milliken won international recognition as a leading composer, creative director, performer and educational program consultant. Cathy has devised and composed works for theatre, opera, choir, orchestra, chamber ensembles radio and film, and created installations, and was Composer in Association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2018-2020.

Amanda Cole is a composer of instrumental and electronic New Music. Her compositions feature microtonal structures, overtones, interference beats and fusions of electronic and acoustic timbres. Amanda has a Bachelor of Music (Hons.1) and a PhD in Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she is now a sessional lecturer in composition.


2021 Hatched Academy Participants

Associate Artist: Will Hansen (NSW – double bass)

Summer School Composers: Ben Robinson (NSW), Gabrielle Cadenhead (NSW), Julia Potter (NSW), Azariah Felton (WA) and Cayn Borthwick (VIC). 2021 mentor is Tristan Coelho (NSW).

HOME Academy Mentorships: Ceridwen McCooey (composer/cello, VIC), Matthew Kneale (bassoon, VIC), Michael Grebla (composer, WA/USA), Sean Quinn (composer, VIC) Sophia Mackson (viola, QLD), Wesley Stormer (composer, NSW), Bianca Gannon (composer, QLD), Alexei Caulfield (recorder, NSW), Bryn Wood (percussion, NSW), Chloe Chung (flute, NSW), Kayla Ludlow (flute, NSW) and Mikaela Thomsen (percussion, QLD).

2020 Hatched Academy Participants

Associate Artist: Will Hansen (NSW – double bass)
Summer School Composers: Christine Pan (NSW), Rhys Little (NSW), Connor D’Netto (QLD), Andrew Chen (VIC), James Hazel (NSW), Monica Lim VIC). Guest Summer School mentor Kate Neal
Open Mic: JACHLO: Jacques Emery (double bass) & Chloe Kim (drum kit)
HOME Academy Commission: Simon Charles (WA)

HOME Academy Mentorships: Eduardo Ruiz (VIC), Liam Wooding (VIC), Nick Ashwood (NSW), Phoebe Bognàr (NSW), Katherine Howarth (NSW), Nadia Burgess (NSW), Gabrielle Cadenhead (NSW), Lily Bryant (ACT), Christopher Healey (VIC), Anna Rabinowicz (VIC), Liam Mulligan (NSW), Marlene Radice (ACT), Robert McIntyre (VIC), Ellie Harrison (QLD), Abigail Sutherland (SA), Tim Newhouse (WA)

Hatched Summer School 2020 on Soundcloud

2019 Hatched Academy Participants

Associate Artist: Henry Justo (viola, VIC)
Open Mic Artists: Niki Johnson (NSW), Will Hansen (NSW), Bianca Gannon (VIC), Elliott Hughes (VIC)
Summer School Composers: Lisa Cheney (VIC), Thomas Misson (VIC), Sarah Elise Thompson (NSW), Lewis Ingham (VIC), Angus Davison (NSW), Dr Steve Barry (NSW)

2018 Hatched Academy Participants

Associate Artist: Georgina Oakes (clarinet, NSW)
Open Mic Artists: Naomi Johnson (flute, NSW), Henry Liang (flute, NSW), Freya Schack-Arnott (cello, NSW), Ensemble Onsombl (NSW)
Summer School Composers: Solomon Frank (NSW), Kirsten Milenko (NSW/NL), Joseph O’Connor (NSW), Jakob Bragg (VIC), Josten Myburgh (WA), Samantha Wolf (VIC)

2017 Hatched Academy Participants

Participants: Ciaran Frame (composer, NSW), Jasmin Leung (composer, QLD), Kieran Welch (viola, QLD) and Luke Carbon (clarinet, VIC).
Mentors: Cathy Milliken (composer/mentor) and Jessica Aszodi (vocalist/mentor).

Participants featured in our Hatched Academy 2017 concerts at Sizzle, BackStage Music and The Red Rattler.

2016 Hatched Academy Participants

Mary Rapp (cello, NSW), Julia Reidy (composer/guitar, NSW), James Bradbury (composer, WA) and David Moran (cello, SA).

In November we held a week-long intensive creative development and rehearsal session at the beautiful Bundanon Estate in Riversdale, in preparation for our new music micro-festival Kontiki Racket.

2015 Hatched Academy Participants

Dan Thorpe (composer SA), Samuel Smith (composer VIC), Jodie Rottle (flute QLD), Jacob Abela (piano, VIC).

2014 Hatched Academy Participants

Callum G’Froerer (trumpet), Jeremy Rose (composer/saxophone)