HATCH 2024 Call for Applications!

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

This program is designed for self-identified EARLY-CAREER PERFORMERS AND COMPOSERS. It is free to apply and the program does not have a tuition fee.

Applications are now closed

HATCH brings 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 rebecca bruton and Fjóla Evans. Rehearsals at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto will be followed by a tour of Toronto, Prince Edward County, and Ottawa.

rebecca bruton photo credit: Alexander Slobodian, courtesy of Dancers’ Studio West

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

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.

Composers will be notified of acceptance by March 11, 2024.

Performers will be notified of acceptance by April 29, 2024.


Participants must be available for all rehearsal and tour dates.

March 18: Composer mentorship begins

June 16: Deadline for completed works

June 16: Performer mentorship begins

July 17-23: Rehearsals and meetings at the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto, ON)

July 24: HATCH Tour, Toronto Summer Music performance

July 27: HATCH Tour, Biglake Arts performance (Prince Edward County, ON)

August 3-5: HATCH Tour, travel, rehearsal, and Ottawa Chamberfest performance (August 5)

NOTE the gap week between Biglake Arts and Ottawa Chamberfest dates (July 28-August 2). There are no HATCH activities during this week.

Transportation between Toronto and Prince Edward County on July 27th will be provided, plus per diem.

Transportation to and from Ottawa, ON will be provided along with overnight hotel accommodation on August 3-4 (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;
  3. Perform the works listed above on the HATCH Ontario tour;
  4. Receive a $750 honorarium.


Composers should plan to write their work between March 18-June 16 (composition and lessons), with interaction with performers from July 17-23.

The three selected composers will:

  1. Write a maximum 8-minute piece for Continuum’s HATCH ensemble of fl, cl, pno, perc, vn, vc, conductor (please note that electronics/amplification will not be available);
  2. Receive mentorship from rebecca bruton and Fjóla Evans
  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.

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 (Women in Musical Leadership Program)

Festival Partners:

Toronto Summer Music

    Jonathan Crow, Artistic Director

    Vanessa J Goymour, Executive Director

Biglake Arts

    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