HATCH 2022 Call for Applications!


Continuum is excited to announce a call for applications for the fourth edition of HATCH, our annual summer mentorship program for early-career performers and composers supported by the Azrieli Foundation.

This program is designed for self-identified EARLY-CAREER COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS

Free to apply. The program does not have a tuition fee.

DEADLINE: May 16th, 2022 at 5pm EST


HATCH returns in-person, bringing together early-career performers and composers for artistic and professional development with a focus on contemporary chamber music. This summer, performer participants will work with the Continuum core ensemble, and composers with mentors Linda Catlin Smith and Anthony Tan. Rehearsals at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto will be followed by a tour of of Toronto Summer Music, BIGLAKE Festival and Ottawa CHAMBERFEST.

The conductor position for the HATCH ensemble will be filled by a participant of the Women In Musical Leadership program (WIML).

Applicants should be based in the Toronto area or able to provide their own transportation to and accommodation in Toronto for the duration of the program.

While we plan for the program to be held in person, the program may need to be delivered online or with a combination of in-person and online engagement, depending on public health conditions. Selected participants will receive details on the format of the program prior to acceptance. 


Participants must be available for all rehearsal and tour dates.

May 20:     Notification of acceptance

May 30:     Composer mentorship begins

July 2:        Performer mentorship begins

July 10:     Deadline for completed works

July 21-26:     Rehearsals and meetings at the Canadian Music Centre 

July 27-Aug.1:    Tour to Toronto Summer Music, BIGLAKE Festival, Ottawa CHAMBERFEST

Transportation to and from Wellington, ON in Prince Edward County on July 29 will be provided by private chartered bus, plus per diem.

Transportation to and from Ottawa, ON on July 31 and August 1 will be provided by Via Rail Train along with overnight hotel accommodation and per diem.


The six selected performers will:

  1. Receive mentorship in their instrument from Continuum’s core ensemble throughout the process. Mentors: Leslie Newman (fl), Anthony Thompson (cl), Carol Fujino (vn), Paul Widner (vcl), Gregory Oh (pno), and Ryan Scott (perc);
  2. Prepare and rehearse 3 new ensemble works by the participating composers and a work by each of the two composer mentors;
  3. Perform the works listed above on the HATCH Ontario tour;
  4. Receive a $750 honorarium.


Composers should plan the majority of activity to happen between May 30 – July 6 (composition), with interaction with performers July 21 – August 1.

The three selected composers will:

  1. Write a maximum 8-minute piece for Continuum’s HATCH ensemble  (fl, cl, pno, perc, vn, vc, conductor)
  2. Receive mentorship from Linda Catlin Smith and Anthony Tan
  3. Participate in rehearsals and the HATCH Ontario tour; and
  4. receive a $750 honorarium. 

Decisions will be arrived at by juries consisting of selected mentors and Continuum staff.

COVID Protocols

Continuum staff continue to monitor public health conditions and will adapt the program as necessary. Participating artists agree to abide by the policies and procedures set forth by Continuum and the rehearsal/performance venues throughout the program.

A condition of engagement is proof of vaccination, unless documentation of a medical exemption is provided. Participating artists should expect to wear a mask when possible and participate in regular COVID testing (KF94 masks and rapid tests to be provided by Continuum). 

Continuum shares responsibility in fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive contemporary music community. We encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity. Please be in touch if you wish to discuss possible program adaptations that would remove barriers to participation.

All participants must agree to a Code of Conduct that requires all participants and mentors to work respectfully and constructively.
Should you have questions related to the program, please email Operations Manager Christina Volpini at christina@continuummusic.ca


Funding Partner: The Azrieli Foundation

Project Partner: The Canadian Music Centre, Tapestry Opera (WIML)

Festival Partners:

Toronto Summer Music

    Jonathan Crow, Artistic Director

    Vanessa J Goymour, Executive Director

BIGLAKE Festival

    Johannes Debus, Artistic Director

    Elissa Lee, Executive Director

Ottawa Chamberfest

    Carissa Klopoushak, Artistic Director

    Mhiran Faraday, Executive Director

    Jenna Richards, Director, Artistic Planning & Community Engagement