Crossing Borders is a concert series founded by Batt in 2014 that features contemporary music by living Canadian composers and musical artists from around the world. With themes of compassion, contemplation, beauty, loneliness, darkness, healing, and warmth, the pieces presented in this series mirror both modern societal views and ancient cultural contexts through the lenses of humour, hope, and nostalgia.


Three programs have toured to Halifax, Toronto, and Philadelphia with Cheryl Duvall on piano: Crossing Borders: A Celebration of New Music from New Mexico to Nova Scotia (2015) Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred (2016) Crossing Borders: Mission Compassion (2018). Crossing Borders: Travesía Latinoamericana toured to Canada and Colombia in 2019 with Fabián Arciniegas (tenor) and Claire Harris (piano). Crossing Borders: Living Room Edition, was a livestreamed concert featuring works for solo soprano and soprano and electronics from Maureen’s living room in April 2020. Crossing Borders: Shifting the Lens featuring Tara Scott, Claire Harris, Fabián Arciniegas was a digital broadcast in December 2021. And the most recent digital broadcast was a première of Amy Brandon’s Vertical Labyrinth featuring Maureen Batt and the Halifax Camerata Singers.


Art song is a featured genre on this recital series, but programs also often include opera, musical theatre, and electronics. So far, Crossing Borders has given 16 world premières and has given composers and works countless Canadian/American/Colombian premières. Among those world premières are works by Bob Bauer, Leila Lustig, Saman Shahi, Anthony T. Marasco, Anna Höstman, Rodney Sharman, Jessie Rivest, Rosśa Crean, Alondra Vega-Zaldivar, Leo Herrera, Mario Gómez-Vignes, Chris Hutching, Chia Yin Wu, Elisha Denburg, and Claire Harris.


One of the cycles that Crossing Borders commissioned and premièred 2018, Breathing in the Shadows (Saman Shahi) was released on a commercial album in September 2020 on Leaf Music’s label, with support from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. It has recently earned Saman Shahi a JUNO nomination for Classical Composition of the Year (2022). Elisha Denburg’s Durme, Durme: Four Ladino Folk Songs was released February 3, 2023.


Upcoming commissions by Canadian composers Michael Donovan and Chia Yin Wu are programmed for Crossing Borders concerts in future seasons. Crossing Borders concerts and tours have been supported by SOCAN, Arts Nova Scotia, and FACTOR. And Crossing Borders commissions have been supported by Arts Nova Scotia, the Canada Council for the Arts, Waterloo Arts Fund, and the Ontario Arts Council.


The most recent call for scores is here. Previous calls for scores can be found here, here, and here for reference. If you want to discuss commissioning, please feel free to get in touch. You can also find posts about Crossing Borders on my site here.


Deadline for submission: ongoing

There is no age, gender, or nationality restriction on this call.

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



Voice duets (sop & tenor) unaccompanied 
2 Voices and piano
2 Voices and electronics
2 Voices, piano, and electronics
Spoken word
Graphic scores
Interactive scores


Please read the full call here: https://maureenbatt.com/crossing-borders-call-for-duets/

*See full call for more details on voice types.

Crossing Borders: Vertical Labyrinth
World première
Maureen Batt, soprano
The Halifax Camerata Singers
Jeff Joudrey, Artistic Director
Composed by Amy Brandon
Poetry by Nela Rio
Poetry translation by Hugh Hazelton and Sophie M. Lavoie
Tickets are pay-what-you-want and can be accessed here via Side Door
This piece was originally programmed on Crossing Borders: Shifting the Lens* which aired December 8. The entire program, including this piece, has been supported by Arts Nova Scotia, Music Nova Scotia, and FACTOR. The commission was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Please join us for this 30 minute virtual concert on Monday, June 27 at 7:30pm.

In Shifting the Lens and Vertical Labyrinth, we explore the richness found in the layers of blurred timelines, where our art and our voices connect us across dimensions. Works on this program shift the perspective of our current world while honouring people and poetry from the past.

Crossing Borders: Shifting the Lens

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 8pm AT/ 7pm ET

(48-hour replay available with ticket purchase by show time)


Fabián Arciniegas, tenor
Claire Harris, piano
Maureen Batt, soprano
Tara Scott, piano
Grej, vocals and electronics
And the Halifax Camerata Singers*


Featuring a program of premières by Amy Brandon*, Elisha Denburg, Chia Yin Wu, Mario Gómez-Vignes, and music from Maureen and Grej’s most recent album, Lighthouse.


In Crossing Borders: Shifting the Lens, we want to explore the richness found in the layers of blurred timelines, where our art and our voices connect us across dimensions. Works on this program shift the perspective of our current world while honouring people and poetry from the past.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Crossing Borders: Living Room Edition

3:30pm ET/ 4:30 pm AT

Streamed live at www.facebook.com/maureenbattsoprano

FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/217954729413994/

Tickets here: https://www.tickethalifax.com/events/106757949/crossing-borders-living-room-edition


Featuring pieces by Stephen Bachicha, Melissa Dunphy, Melissa Vargas Franco, Monica Pearce, Bob Bauer, Daniel Gardner, Matthew Emery, Rosśa Crean


Program notes, song texts, and composer information will be emailed to you before the concert. Buy a ticket to ensure the program is emailed to you.


The concert is part of the recital series Crossing Borders, which puts Canadian music together and in dialogue with music from other countries. The series pushes geographical, musical, and metaphorical thresholds. With sounds of ice crackling, to dreaming of blissful sun basking, to contemplating a blurred reality, this program of living classical contemporary composers explores themes of compassion, isolation, and joy.

Learn more about Crossing Borders by watching this introduction to the Canadian-Colombian tour. And head over to YouTube to watch the Crossing Borders Playlist: