HATCH 2021 Call for Applications!


HATCH 2021 – Continuum’s Summer Music Mentorship Program

We are delighted to announce that with the ongoing support of The Azrieli Foundation, we are able to continue our annual HATCH mentorship program for early-career performers and composers this summer, now in its third year.


Free to apply and the program does not have a tuition fee. 

DEADLINE: April 30th, 2021

Application form below.

Applicants should be based in the Toronto area, or can provide their own transportation to and accommodation in Toronto for the duration of the program – this may include a quarantine period in Toronto in accordance with Provincial health and safety protocols prior to the program. 

Because of the ever shifting nature of the global pandemic, we are planning for the program to be held in person. However, do be prepared that the program may need to be delivered online or within a combination of in person and online engagement. We will let participants know what format the program will take by May 15th, 2021.

The three selected composers will:

  1. Write a maximum 10 minute acoustic piece for Continuum’s HATCH ensemble or subset (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and conductor). Be prepared that this may be a work that can only be realized by editing together individual performance for a video should we not be allowed to gather in person or that you may be asked to write a for a subset should limited in person rehearsing be possible;
  2. Receive mentorship from Hope Lee and Martin Arnold; and
  3. Receive a $600 honorarium. 

The six selected performers (one for each instrument of the ensemble) will:

  1. Receive mentorship on their instrument from Continuum’s core ensemble throughout the process as well as in private lessons. Mentors: Leslie Newman (flute), Anthony Thompson (clarinet), Carol Fujino (violin), Paul Widner (cello), Gregory Oh (piano), Ryan Scott (percussion); 
  2. Perform selected repertoire and three new works created by participant composers; and 
  3. Receive a $600 honorarium.

In the event Continuum can hold the program in person, rehearsals will take place in Toronto July 24-30th and an Ontario mini-tour of summer music festivals will be completed by August 8th. All participants will need to be available from July 24 – August 8th 2021. Composer participant works will need to be completed and delivered to participant performers by July 6th, 2021. 

Should the program be held online, performers should be prepared to attend rehearsal and potentially recording sessions in Toronto between July 24th-30th and composers be prepared to be connected with the recording session video video chat. There is also a potential that performers may need to record from home. If this is the case, Continuum will provide you with equipment to do so.  

Decisions will be arrived at by juries consisting of selected mentors and Continuum staff. Results will be announced May 15th, 2021.

Please feel free to reach out with and questions to: jason@continuummusic.ca