HATCH 2020

Participants Announced!

We are delighted to announce our exceptional mentee participants for HATCH 2020! 

Performance, composer and conductor mentorship begins this week with Continuum mentors from the core ensemble and composers Anna Höstman and Emilie LeBel.


Our work this summer will culminate in three online concerts August 28th-30th, each of which will feature two solo performances and a world premiere by one of our mentee composers for the HATCH ensemble. Please stay tuned for more details!

We would like to thank the Azrieli Foundation for making this program possible.

And, we would like to thank the 125 plus next generation musicians for their applications we received between May 19th and June 8th specific to our reinvented online version of HATCH for this season. We plan on returning next summer to work together in person, and to tour and perform at summer music festivals in Southern Ontario.

Mentee Composers:


David Foley is a composer currently based in Winnipeg. The recipient of a special mention for the 2014 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music and a winner of the Turning Point Ensemble’s 2015 What’s the Score! Competition, his works have been performed by Polycoro Chamber Choir, Quatuor Bozzini, and FAWN Opera; at the Laurier New Music Festival, the UVic New Music & Digital Media Festival, and the Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria (MMus. in Composition, Christopher Butterfield) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Honours BMus. in Composition, Linda Catlin Smith).

Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer, composer and educator who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has toured Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, and her piano and harp duo The Giving Shapes. Her writing explores unusual ensembles, as well as collaborations with visual artists and instrument makers. In 2019 she was commissioned by Grammy winning Third Coast Percussion as part of their Emerging Composer Project. Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary arts collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver.

Holly Winter is a clarinetist, improvisor, composer and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University where she studied under Dr Clark Ross and Dr Andrew Staniland. She is working towards a Masters in Music in Composition at the UBC. Holly’s work has been performed at the 21st Century Guitar Conference (2019) and the Newfound New Music Festival (2020). Holly is known for drawing from her diverse background in her compositions. Whether it be writing, drawing, philosophy, theatre or improvisation, Holly is most comfortable at the intersection of many different artistic practices.


Mentee Performers:


Violin: Roxanne Sicard (Montréal)

Passionate about music,Roxanne Sicard obtained her Baccalaureate and her Master’s degree in music performance at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in Anne Robert’s class. She pursued at McGill in the class of Andrew Wan where she obtained a Graduate Diploma in Performance. Roxanne has performed as guest soloist with the Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal, the Sinfonia de Lanaudière and the Montreal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra. Appreciating symphonic music in particular, Roxanne was a member of the NYO Canada from 2016 to 2019. She thus participates in several tours in Canada, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Scotland.


Cello: Allison Rich (Toronto)

Allison Rich is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of Toronto studying Cello Performance with Joseph Johnson. Prior to moving to Toronto, Allison was a member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Other orchestral experience includes performances with the symphonies of Toronto, Rochester, Buffalo, and the Canadian Opera Company. Allison has a special interest in performing contemporary chamber music. Currently, she is a member of GamUT at UofT, and she is a former member of the University of Michigan’s graduate chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music.


Flute: Florence Laurain (Montréal)

After obtaining two collegial diplomas in 2019, one in Pure Science at St-Laurent CEGEP and one in Flute Performance at the Montreal Conservatory of Music,Florence Laurain is continuing her Bachelor studies at the Montreal Conservatory with Marie-Andrée Benny. Florence has played in many orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Montreal Conservatory of Music Orchestra and the Montreal Youth Orchestra. She won different awards and scholarships, for instance one from the LOJIQ that fund her own organized tour in Europe to meet flute teachers such as Philippe Bernold and Jacques Zoon. She also played a concerto with her high school orchestra and participated in the TV show « Virtuose 2».

Clarinet: Madison Freed (Chicago)

Madison Freed holds degrees in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music and English Literature from Suffolk University. A native of Massachusetts, she attended college early in order to pursue her interests in both writing and music performance. She began studying at Suffolk University at age 16 and graduated with highest honors at the age of 18 after defending her thesis on post-colonial literary theory. In the summer of 2013, Madison toured Russia and England under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev with the National Youth Orchestra USA. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2017, Madison spent a year in Philadelphia teaching music in a Title I Elementary School through ArtistYear, America’s first full time service program dedicated exclusively to the arts. Following her year of service, she spent a year in New York City working as a teacher and freelancer. Madison taught through Midori & Friends and performed regularly with the Regina Opera Company. While in New York, Madison performed the premier of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter as well as the New York premier of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus with the International Contemporary Ensemble. Madison is currently based in Chicago and working towards a Master’s in Music from Northwestern University. 


Piano: Jackie Leung (Toronto)

Dr. Jackie Leung  (D.M.A performance, S.U.N.Y Stony Brook) has given piano masterclasses, improvisation workshops, papers, and lecture recitals internationally. Jackie has also instructed Keyboard courses at McGill University, Chamber Music and Applied Piano courses at Stony Brook University. Jackie is a Gold Medal Teacher and member of the RCM College of Examiners. She has also adjudicated in various festivals and international competitions for young artists. Jackie has received support from Canada Council for the Arts and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has a private studio, and is the pianist for Avant Perpetual with Dr. Jin Lee Youn. 

Percussion: Nikki Joshi (Toronto)

Nikki Joshiis a percussionist based in Toronto, where she recently completed the 2018/19 Rebanks Family Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School. She holds a Master’s Degree from McGill University, where she studied with Aiyun Huang. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree, Performer’s Certificate, Arts Leadership Certificate, and 2015 John Beck Percussion Scholarship from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Michael Burritt. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Nikki has worked closely with composers including Roger Reynolds, Vinko Globokar, Steve Reich, Phillipe Leroux, Jennifer Higdon, and Jo Kondo. Nikki is on the board of soundSCAPE Festival, held in Cesena, Italy.

Conductor: Lorenzo Guggenheim (Toronto)

Described as instinctive and very gifted,Lorenzo Guggenheim, is a conductor with an emerging career conducting opera, new music and the broad orchestral repertoire. Hailed as “one of the promises in orchestral conducting in Argentina,” Mr. Guggenheim’s career was launched at age 23 with the National Symphony of Chile, after which he moved to the USA where he collaborated with the Seattle Symphony’s Prokofiev and Shostakovich festivals in 2016–18. In Toronto, he founded the UofT Campus Philharmonic Orchestra which he serves as Music Director and had recent engagements with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and Scarborough Philharmonic as well as conducting the North American premiere of Hosokawa’s opera The Maiden from the Sea. He is Assistant Conductor for the UofT Contemporary Music Ensemble and Symphony.