What is Hatched Academy?
Established in 2014 to support two exceptional young Australian performers and composers, Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy program was expanded in 2018 to include three streams – a Composer Summer School (six composers mentored by composer mentors with Ensemble Offspring in residence for a week), an Associate Artist position (a single elite instrumentalist who performs alongside Ensemble Offspring in a professional setting for the year) and Hatched Open Mic. In 2020, Hatched Home Academy (online mentorship for young artists all over Australia) was added. To learn more about Hatched Summer School, watch this short video and to get a feel for the experience, read participant testimonials here.
Just announced! 2022 Hatched Associate Artist – Eliza Shephard (flute, Melbourne)
In 2021 Hatched Academy is assisted by Musica Viva Australia.
Hatched Associate Artist
Each year an elite instrumentalist who demonstrates a true passion for art music is selected to join Ensemble Offspring for solo and chamber music performances throughout our annual concert season. Applications open each year in July and are announced in early September of the year prior. The experience of being Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Associate Artist provides a unique opportunity to build a successful performance career specialising in living new music and sculpting ones own musical pathway. Our Hatched Associate Artist is paid professional performance fees, travel costs are covered
for interstate artists. Creative and business mentorship is provided by our core musicians, as well as external mentors selected by the Associate Artist. Watch this short video to get a feel for the experience.
“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
Hatched 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 occurs in July each year and is open to participants of all ages from metropolitan and regional Australia, with numerous mentorships available. Read the testimonials here.
Hatched Summer School
Our Hatched Summer School brings together six emerging composers from around Australia for an intensive week of workshops with Ensemble Offspring’s core musicians, industry specialists and a guest mentor composer, culminating in a professionally documented public concert of the composers’ new works. Hatched 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 composers of all ages. Feedback is delivered in a warm, honest and constructive manner and composers are supported in their plight to create the most idiomatic and effective chamber work possible.
Throughout the week the participants are also given the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with mentorship in programming, funding, marketing, audience engagement, First Nations protocols and provided with important industry contacts. Open to emerging composers of all ages. Hatched Summer School has traditionally been held in Sydney in December and in 2022 the residency will be held at The Corridor Project (Cowra) in November. Watch this short video and read the testimonials to get a feel for the experience.Apply now!
Hatched 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
2018 Mentors: Matthew Shlomowitz, Cathy Milliken & Amanda Cole
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), Cayn Borthwick (VIC) and William Gardiner (NSW). The 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)
Hatched Home 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)
Open Mic: JACHLO: Jacques Emery (double bass) & Chloe Kim (drum kit)
2019 Hatched Academy Participants
2018 Hatched Academy Participants
Associate Artist: Georgina Oakes (clarinet, NSW)
2017 Hatched Academy Participants
Participants featured in our Hatched Academy 2017 concerts at Sizzle, BackStage Music and The Red Rattler.
2016 Hatched Academy Participants
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.