HATCH 2020 – Continuum Summer Music Mentorship Program

We are delighted to announce that with the ongoing support of the Azrieli Foundation, we are able to continue a modified version of our HATCH mentorship program for early-career performers and composers this summer.

As most summer music festivals have cancelled activity for this season, our original intention to include 5 chamber works (3 from mentee composers and 2 from mentor composers) in multiple performances on tour is no longer possible. However our intention is still to provide a meaningful, unique and high-quality learning experience for HATCH participants. This year participants will be working online with the Continuum core ensemble, conductor mentor Brian Current and composer mentors Anna Höstman and Emilie LeBel and participating in live online events.


HATCH runs from July – August, 2020 – schedule TBD. Performers and conductors should plan the majority of activity to happen between Aug 10–30, with an online presentation of the collected works Aug 28, 29 and 30.


For early-career COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, and PERFORMERS who play flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion.

Performer and conductorAPPLICATION


Please leave all links submitted in the application active for 4 weeks after the deadline.

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

DEADLINE: June 8 11:59 EST


All mentorships will be provided online through video messaging apps agreed upon by participants and mentors.



The six selected performers will:

  1. Prepare a solo work assigned by their mentor for livestream presentation and documentation on Continuum’s Youtube channel;
  2. Work on 3 new click-track works. Each performer will be given their part of an ensemble piece and record it using a click-track. These parts will be later reassembled for video presentation;
  3. 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);
  4. Receive a $500 honorarium.

Performers do not need their own recording equipment. Continuum will provide recording equipment and instructions, sanitizing all equipment prior to delivery, and utilizing “leave at door” delivery practices.


Although the chosen conductor mentee will not be included in the online concerts, they will:

  1. Receive private instruction from Brian Current on score reading and rehearsal techniques;
  2. Receive one online session with all continuum performance mentors, where we will participate in an open discussion about what we want and need in a contemporary chamber music conductor;
  3. Receive a $500 honorarium.


The task of the composer for HATCH 2020 is one that specifically responds to current music making practices that have emerged during safety measures being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three selected composers will:

  1. Write a maximum 10 minute “click-track” piece for Continuum’s HATCH ensemble (fl, cl, pno, perc, vn, vc). Each part should be made to be performed and recorded to a click-track. Each part will have audio and video capture, which will then be assembled into a video with all of the parts. Parts will be delivered to musicians by August 10, 2020. Composers will need to provide the click-track for each part. A percussion list will be provided to composers;
  2. Receive mentorship from composers Anna Höstman and Emilie LeBel;
  3. receive a $500 honorarium.


Decisions will be arrived at by juries consisting of selected mentors and Continuum staff. Results will be announced 3–4 weeks after the application deadline.

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

Sponsored by

The Azrieli Foundation