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Call for scores

Dear composers/artists/creators of sound,

I am looking for songs/scenes/pieces that embody what the winter holiday season means to you. I am looking to celebrate our traditions – whatever they may be.

Over the past 12 months, I have attended conferences and events discussing equity, diversity, civic impact, inclusion, and community engagement. Each time I came home from one of these events, I felt inspired to share and engage – share stories, share culture, share communication, and engage with my/our communities.

I have purposely picked a vague “theme” for this call. I want creators to feel as though they can send anything at all that is a work representative of how they feel during/about the winter months — whether that be through a holiday celebration, a time of reflection/sharing/solitude, a lack of enthusiasm for cold weather(ha!), or other.

There are no limitations on this call. Arrangements of traditional works (holiday or other) are also accepted and welcomed. While the scope of this concert doesn’t include guaranteed commissioning fees, I am more than happy to work with composers to partner on creation and commissioning grants for new works.

For this project, I am primarily interested in works from composers/creators from North America/Turtle Island (but will consider other submissions as well).

Works selected will be performed as part of my Crossing Borders recital series. To familiarize yourself with Crossing Borders here are previous posts on my website: HERE, HERE, and HERE (search “Crossing Borders” on my website) or check out my YouTube channel, FB page, and Twitter account.

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HOW TO SUBMIT

Please submit scores/proposals to

Deadline for submission: Jan. 31, 2017. 

Recordings welcomed, but not necessary.

Scores selected for performance will be purchased (submitted scores via email are for perusal only).

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INSTRUMENTATION

works for soprano/mezzo and piano

a capella works for soprano/mezzo

solo piano works

spoken word

works with voice, piano, and electronics

works with multimedia

works with 1-2 other instruments, or a very small chamber ensemble, will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Let me share your stories :)!

NB: I might not be able to respond to everyone’s individual email submissions right away. Please know that if I am considering performing your music, you will be contacted at some point after the deadline. Thank you to all who submit, for considering this call, and thank you for your music.

~Maureen

Tickets for Crossing Borders available!

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Tickets will also be available at the door
$25 general, $20 arts workers/students


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What is Crossing Borders?

Crossing Borders is a dynamic concert programme that creates a dialogue among contemporary compositional voices from Canada and other countries. The inaugural tour took place in January and March 2015 in Halifax, Philadelphia, and Toronto.  This year’s Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred series includes Philadelphia on March 13, Toronto on March 20, and Halifax on August 6, 2016.

On this year’s concert:

Using multimedia, cabaret style, musical theatre style, and classical music style, this concert features modern topics relevant to today’s society: mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, gender identity, body issues, and is infused with humour as it mocks nursery rhymes and even selfies!

Each piece represents a reality that is blurred, a line that is crossed, a time that is both past and present.

 

A bit more about us, the artists in Crossing Borders:

Maureen Batt, soprano: Noted by Opera Canada as a “young, lovely and captivating soprano,” Maureen Batt is an accomplished artist. Her career embraces the full variety of genres: opera, oratorio, cabaret, musical theatre, art song, and contemporary music. She has been engaged by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Maritime Concert Opera, Toy Piano Composers, New Hamburg Live!, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, and Opera Nova Scotia. She is the co-artistic director of Essential Opera, who closed its sixth season this April in Toronto. In April 2014, Essential Opera presented a triple bill of Canadian premières where Maureen created the roles of Dorothy Parker (Etiquette, Pearce), Anna (Regina, Denburg), and Cindy (Heather: Cindy + Mindy =BFFs 4EVER, Thornborrow). Maureen has also created the roles of Sister Mary Francis (Time of Trouble, Raum), Helen (Aunt Helen, Pearce), Keri Ferrell (Hipster Grifter, Denburg), Lorelie Henderson (Stockholm Syndrome, Ryan), Bride (Cake, Pearce), Hannah (Hannah & Paige and the Zombie Pirates, Thornborrow). In 2017, Maureen will release her first commercial CD, with Jon-Paul Decosse, bass-baritone, and Simon Docking, piano, including Schubert’s Op. 52 and premièring Fiona Ryan’s Lady of the Lake.

More info:  facebook.com/maureenbattsoprano

 

Cheryl Duvall, piano

Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their fourth season. Thin Edge completed a Canadian tour in winter 2013, were guest artists in residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music in Maccagno, Italy in 2013 and at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland in 2014. To date, they are responsible for commissioning and premièring 27 new works in the past three years, with plans for 13 new works throughout their fourth concert season. Ms. Duvall is the pianist for the Toronto-based Bell’Arte Singers and the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, with whom she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio and adjudicates piano competitions across Canada. Cheryl completed a BMus in Piano Performance and Theory, and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto.

For more information contact:

Maureen Batt at 

 

 

***If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support the concert or donate a ticket for someone else to attend, you can do so by clicking the donate button below. Thank you for your support!***




 

Realities Blurred

Opera On The Arm

HSOF 2005 collage

HSOF 2005 collage

In 2005, I had just finished my third year of my Bachelor of Music at Dalhousie University. I had been fortunate enough to get to sing some amazingly fun roles in the Opera Workshop at school, and had had my fair share of stage time pre-BMus during my Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University (and, let’s be honest: my whole life).

Before my summer at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival (then: Halifax Summer Opera Workshop), I had never had the opportunity to wake up and just sing. Every day.  To me, it was literally the coolest thing ever.  This training program was built with the intention of giving young singers a small glimpse of what it could be like to be a professional singer with an opera gig.

I have a few defining moments in my life that made me realize I wanted to be a professional singer and this is most definitely one of them.

Thank you for giving me this first taste of the professional singing world, thank you for having me on faculty at HSOF 2015, and for inviting me to do a masterclass this year, too.

Opera on the Arm

Opera on the Arm

It is with great pleasure that I’m singing with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival family this Saturday, July 9, 4PM, for the Opera on the Arm fundraiser. You can read all about it here: Opera on the Arm and you can buy online tickets here: Tickets

 

The Mikado South Shore Tour

The Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan)

Starting this Sunday, I’ll be touring the South Shore of Nova Scotia with the Maritime Concert Opera Company. We begin in Halifax with a performance in the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

We have four shows in total – Halifax, Shelburne, Annapolis Royal, and Lunenburg.

***Please read the bottom of the poster for all ticket details***

Tickets for both the Halifax and Lunenburg concerts are available at the door or online:

Halifax Online Tix HERE

Lunenburg Online Tix HERE

Mikado posters

Exciting News!

It’s been a great start to 2016! My grant writing is paying off, and two Canadian operas that I was in got great Opera Canada reviews!

After a successful tour with Crossing Borders, it’s time for more contemporary music– and, this time, OPERA :)! Read more about my upcoming show in Toronto with Essential Opera HERE.

For photos of the Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour in Philly and Toronto CLICK HERE.

I’m also thrilled to announce that my project Lady of the Lake with Simon Docking, Jon-Paul Décosse, Fiona Ryan, and Leaf Music Inc. got the #FACTORFunded seal of approval! We record this project in October and I could not be more excited! In other grant news, the SOCAN Foundation has funded four recent and upcoming projects! Thank you, SOCAN!

NEW OPERA CANADA REVIEWS:

Time of Trouble by Elizabeth Raum, libretto by Rex Deverell, with Maritime Concert Opera, October 2016.

Composer Elizabeth Raum and librettist Rex Deverell, both with connections to Mount Saint Vincent University, were intrigued by the history of the institution and the Order of the Sisters of Charity who founded it. They composed a dynamic, sometimes quite humorous, opera with a fully developed plot and real personalities.

Soprano Maureen Batt, as Mary McGuire—later to become Sister Francis and then Mother Francis—filled the church with her rich, warm sound and masterful acting. 

Aunt Helen by Monica Pearce and Serva Padrona by Pergolesi with Opera Nova Scotia, May 2015.

Soprano Maureen Batt sang the role of [Helen] Creighton, a prominent folklorist who published books on Nova Scotia lore and collected more than 4,000 traditional songs and stories. The character of Aunt Helen is alone on stage, now in her 70s and talking about her life to an unseen interviewer. The original score, with some Nova Scotian folk music interspersed through it, is attractive, and Batt brought a warm and very pleasing voice to her performance. 

The third opera was Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, with Batt returning to the stage as Serpina, the receptionist who would like to rule the company and its boss, bass-baritone Jon-Paul Décosse. The music was enjoyable and the singers quite impressive. 

Reviews by Daphna Levit

Maureen during her Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour

Maureen during her Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour. Photo by Monica Pearce

 

 

She’s the One with Essential Opera!

This Friday, April 8, 7:30 PM at the beautiful Heliconian Hall, nestled in Yorkville:

She’s the One – a collage of contemporary opera

She’s the One is celebrating and exploring women’s lives through Canadian and American contemporary opera.We’re (Essential Opera) very proud of our mandate to showcase Canadian artists and works–great opera with great singers, at GREAT prices! Our focus is on giving you, the audience an intimate experience with the music and the stories.

I can’t believe we’re already in the second half of season 6! Thank you to Barczablog and Schmopera for promoting the show! You can get tickets at the door ($20/25), or you can buy them online: TICKETS HERE.

She's the one postcard

 

Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred

It is with great pleasure that Cheryl Duvall and I announce the composers whose works will be featured on Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred in Philly (March 13, 7:30PM) and TO (March 20, 2:30PM):

Anna Höstman*, Brian Harman, Joseph Glaser, Leila Lustig*, Rodney Sharman*, Saman Shahi*, Shelley Marwood, Dan Martin, Jenny Beck, Ross Crean*, Tony Marasco*

Featuring texts/lyrics by E.D. Blodgett, V. Lok, Leila Lustig, Rodney Sharman, Forough Farrokhzad, Maria Reva, Michael Biello, Ross Crean, Billy Collins

*World Première

Thank you, Tom Belding, for the poster design!

BUY/RESERVE TICKETS

Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred Poster

Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred Poster

Viva L’amor!

I have the pleasure of performing with Opera Nova Scotia at the annual Opera Valentine this Friday, 6:00 PM. There will be many a love serenade, accompanied by delicious food! Here’s a fun clip of me on CTV Morning Atlantic introducing Viva L’amor!

Opera Valentine CTV Morning Atlantic

Enjoy a 5 course Italian Gourmet Dinner, Serenades, Silent Auction and Songs of Love

Featuring
Maureen Batt, Soprano
Paula Rockwell, Mezzo Soprano
Leander Mendoza, Tenor
Ross Thompson, Bass-Baritone
Matthew McGreer, Baritone
and Tara Scott, Piano

Friday February 12th at 6pm
The Italian-Canadian Cultural Association Club
2629 Agricola St., Halifax

Tickets $85.00 incl. $25.00 tax receipt

By reservation only, 902-445-5768

FORUM 2016 Canadian New Music Network (CNMN)

Hello Ottawa!

I have arrived in your beautiful (and freeeeeezing) city for the Canadian New Music Network national conference, FORUM 2016.

This is my first CNMN FORUM, but it won’t be my last! I’m very excited to be among these new music lovelies. See the featured guests here: FORUM featured guests

On Friday morning at 11:45 I’ll be giving a presentation called “In Pursuit of Balance” at Freimann Hall, Perez Building, Ottawa University. It’s a 15-minute talk (small performance intro!) on work-life balance. I’m looking forward to starting this important (and oh-so-relevant) conversation.

After the talk, please join me on my Facebook page and/or on Twitter to keep the conversation going: SHARE YOUR TIPS, TRIALS, and TRIBULATIONS.

Use the hashtag #InPursuitOfBalance 

Click here for my Facebook page: Maureen Batt, soprano

Click here for my Twitter account: @Operaredhead

A detailed description of all FORUM sessions and activities can be found here (descriptions) and the timetable is here (timetable).

I will also be presenting with my other half, Erin Bardua, under our Essential Opera hats. On Saturday from 4:00-4:30 we will be chatting about new opera beyond commissioning. Join us! We’ll be in the Perez Building, room 113A.

I haven’t had the chance to update my schedule page. In the meantime, you can always follow me on social media (see above) for up-to-date comings and goings. And you can sign up for email notifications (I don’t flood inboxes, promise).  Here are some of my recent and upcoming performances:

Upcoming:

February 12, 2016: Opera Valentine, Opera Nova Scotia. Halifax, NS

March 13, 20, 2016: Crossing Borders – Canadian/American art song and opera recital. Cheryl Duvall, piano. Philadelphia, PA/Toronto, ON

April 8, 2016: She’s the One, contemporary Canadian and American opera excerpts with Essential Opera. Toronto, ON

June 19-25, 2016: The Mikado (Yum Yum), Maritime Concert Opera, South Shore tour, NS

June 2016: Lady of the Lake workshop premiere of Fiona Ryan’s song cycle and Schubert’s Op. 52. Simon Docking, piano. NS

Recent:

October 2015: Regina (Anna) with Essential Opera and The Gilsig Series in Jewish Arts & Culture. Halifax, NS

October 2015: Time of Trouble (Sister Francis). Première of new opera by Elizabeth Raum. MCO. Lunenburg/Halifax, NS

November 2015: TBA iii emerging guest composers with Toy Piano Composers. Music Gallery, Toronto, ON

December 2015: Soloist with the Fredericton Ladies Choir, Fredericton, NB

December 2015: From Away Cabaret, Carleton Bar, Halifax, NS