HATCH 2023 Call for Applications!


Continuum is excited to announce a call for applications for the fifth 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 PERFORMERS AND COMPOSERS

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

DEADLINE: February 20, 2023 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 Carolyn Chen and Jason Doell. Rehearsals at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto will be followed by a tour of Toronto, Prince Edward County, and Ottawa. 

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

Please note: The piano position will be filled by last year’s accepted candidate who was unable to participate in the program at the last minute due to force majeure.

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.


Participants must be available for all rehearsal and tour dates.

March 1: Notification of acceptance

March 6: Composer mentorship begins

June 16: Deadline for completed works

June 16: Performer mentorship begins

July 12-17: Rehearsals and meetings at the Canadian Music Centre 

July 18: HATCH Tour – Toronto Summer Music performance

July 20: HATCH Tour – BIGLAKE Festival performance

July 22: HATCH Tour – Ottawa Chamberfest performance

Transportation to and from Wellington, ON in Prince Edward County will be provided, plus per diem.

Transportation to and from Ottawa, ON will be provided along with overnight hotel accommodation (shared, two per room), plus 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 (up to) 3 new ensemble works by the participating composers and a work by each composer mentor (Note: the work by composer mentor Jason Doell will be a premiere written for the HATCH ensemble);
  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 March 10 – June 16 (composition), with interaction with performers from July 12-23.

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 Carolyn Chen and Jason Doell
  3. Participate in rehearsals and the HATCH Ontario tour;
  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. This may include wearing a mask and participating in regular COVID testing. In this event, KF94 masks and rapid tests would 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

This project is funded with the support of The Azrieli Foundation


Project Partners: The Canadian Music Centre, Tapestry Opera (WML)

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