Nurturing Australian Artists

Hatched Academy

What is Hatched Academy?

Hatched Academy is Ensemble Offspring’s emerging artist development program, providing practical, hands-on experience to a new wave of elite young Australian performers and composers. The program draws on the skills and expertise of our Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes, our core instrumentalists and guest composer mentors from around Australia and the world. It offers invaluable in-roads to the vast and exciting world of new music creation and performance by providing its young participants with the opportunity to gain practical skills and insights in the areas of compositional and performance techniques, artistic planning and programming, production, funding, marketing, audience engagement and important industry contacts.

Hatched Academy Composers Summer School applications are NOW OPEN to Australian residents over 18. Emerging is a broad term and defined here as an artist in the early stages of their career or someone who has yet to be significantly recognised.
Applications close midnight Monday 12 October 2020. Successful Hatched Academy applicants will be notified by 26 October 2020. Applications are reviewed by Artistic Director Claire Edwardes and the Ensemble Offspring team.


About: Associate Artist

One performer is selected annually to join the ensemble for a number of performances throughout the year. The Associate Artist is paid professional performance fees and is mentored by our core musicians, providing a unique insight into, and training for, a professional performance career in Australia and abroad.

About: Open Mic

Hatched Open Mic provides a platform for a handful of emerging performers/ensembles from around Australia to present their music to a wide audience in a concert presented by Ensemble Offspring at 107 Redfern, with programming, production, marketing and documentation support by Ensemble Offspring. 

About: Composer Summer School

Hatched 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. Our 2021 Hatched Summer School Composition Mentor is Melbourne composer, Melody Eötvös.

About: Home Academy

Home Academy was created in 2020 during COVID-19 to support composers and performers through this unusual and challenging time as an artist in Australia. One on one mentor sessions with our core musicians offering advice, instrumental lessons, composition lessons, mini one-on-one composition workshops, industry advice and more. One-on-one mentor sessions to occur in 2021. Applications open early 2021.

2021 Mentor: Melody Eötvös

Melody Eötvös (1984) was born in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. Her work draws on both multi-media and traditional instrumental contexts, as well substantial extra-musical references to a broad range of philosophical, biological, and ancient topics as well as a sustained interest in late 19th-century life and literature.  Commissions in 2020 include The Philadelphia Orchestra (USA), The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (USA). Melody is a Lecturer in Composition and Aural Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.  Melody holds a Doctor of Music (2014) from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music USA, and a Master of Music (2008) from the Royal Academy of Music, London UK.


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)

2019 Hatched Academy Participants

Associate Artist: Henry Justo (VIC)
Open Mic Artists: Niki Johnson (NSW), Will Hansen (NSW), Bianca Gannon, 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 (NSW)
Open Mic Artists: Naomi Johnston (NSW), Henry Liang (NSW), Freya Schack-Arnott (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). Guest Mentors Cathy Milliken (composer/mentor) and Jessica Aszodi (vocalist/mentor).

Participants joined the ensemble in concert at Sizzle, BackStage Music and Hatched at The Red Rat.

2016 Hatched Academy Participants

Participants Mary Rapp (cellist NSW), Julia Reidy (composer/guitarist NSW), James Bradbury (composer WA) and David Moran (cellist 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

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)