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Items by Abbie Betinis

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Forum message: Seeking original Winter-themed songs/carols by Minnesota composers
Hi everyone!  I'm charged with programming a special winter concert at The Schubert Club in St Paul, MN and seek your recommendations for scores with these specifications:   Theme: Original carols or Winter-themed songs Composers: Must have ties to Minnesota (born in, raised in, perhaps educat...
Comment: Re: Scanning a portion of a score (as a sample to share)
I'd like to agree with this chorus of dissenters, and also to add -- from a publisher's perspective (a very small publisher, but publisher nonetheless) -- how torn this issue makes me feel.  I would love (love love love) for you to share a repertoire suggestion for a piece that I publish with your ...
Comment: Re: Darkness and Light Concert
Hi Tod, there are two nice lists on the subject here and here which you may have already seen.   There are also some lovely pieces on Independent Music Publishers Cooperative.  For your women, Elizabeth Alexander's "Faith is the bird that feels the light" (and sings when the dawn is still dark) ...
Comment: Re: Video Copyright
As a publisher, here's what I know so far:   Step one: See if the sheet music is in the public domain.  Here's a great resource for how to determine that: http://www.pdinfo.com/   Step two:  If it's under copyright, don't panic.  Just get permission and sleep well at night.  Distributing...
Comment: Re: SSA - SSAA themed music "Sing for Life"
Hi Laurie, I wonder if you might consider my 5-part canon "Be Like the Bird."  It's about facing life's obstacles with courage, and was written after my second time through cancer treatment.  It is particularly appropriate for cancer-themed concerts (is that what you mean by "Sing for Life"?)  Te...
Comment: Re: Repertoire for new concert!!
Oh! You might enjoy my Spell of the Elements for SATB double chorus & piano, commissioned by the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota in 2008.  There's a "mock" fugue in the middle which has each of the four voice parts assigned to an element: sop = water, altos = earth, tenors = hot air (just ki...
Comment: Re: Composition Spotlight: Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming
Wow, thanks for the shout out for "Cedit Hyems" -- that's awesome!   I enjoyed taking a peek at the Jansson score here too.
Announcement: 10% off all retail orders at Independent Music Publishers Cooperative
Our mission at Independent Music Publishers Cooperative (imp.coop) is to provide access to outstanding independently-published sheet music.   Friend on Facebook ...
Comment: Re: New Music for TTBB
Mr. Burstow, May I invite you to peruse the catalog of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative (a.k.a. "IMP") -- a collection of self-published works by eight award-winning, frequently commissioned US composers.  This site is especially useful for perusing quality music 'off the beaten pa...
Announcement: Please support a COMPOSER field on Spotify!
ChoralNet users:  if you use Spotify and want to help me advocate for a "Composer" field for improved classical music searches, please CLICK HERE to "Give Kudos" to this post on the Spotify Community Forum. Thank you!! (you can read it there too, but it doesn't have the pictures! -- oh, a...
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus Anton Bruckner: Os Justi Francis Poulenc: Exultate Deo Knut Nystedt: O Crux Arvo Part: Magnificat Irving Fine: The Hourglass Dominick Argento: Sonnet 64 (in memorium 9/11/01)   These are pieces that mean something to me personally...
Comment: Re: How much should self-published composers' music cost?
Wow what a great discussion.  I want to share my pricing model with you, Julia, and anyone else interested, because it took me a long time to calculate the real cost (and hidden costs, as Reg said) of selling PDFs -- which I call "Digital Editions" -- through my website.   First, my paper co...
Comment: Re: iPad/tablet cases & holders for choral musicians
Great topic!  I'd like to echo Michael McGlynn that many composers are directly and eagerly meeting the demand for digital scores, through PDF sales on ChoralNet as well as on our own websites.  It's a very exciting time to be composing music because of this -- composers can now reach our...
Comment: Re: Male chorus and American poets
Hello Bob,   Sounds like a nice concert!  I hope you might take a moment to peruse my "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight" -- for men's chorus, snare drum, and piano.  The poem is by American poet Vachel Lindsay, who was born in Springfield, IL and writes of Lincoln's spirit walking through ...
Comment: Re: sacred contemporary repertoire
Hello Silvia,   I'm part of a small cooperative of self-published composers in the USA, and we'd like to recommend these 5 sacred pieces from our catalog:   Jocelyn Hagen: "Gloria" from Amass (http://imp.coop/works/jhagen/gloria-from-amass) Jocelyn Hagen: "Benedictus" from Amass (http:...
Comment: Re: Looking for software
Sounds like the software you're looking for is MAX MSP.  It's like building interactive sound with tinkertoys, but with a graphic user interface.  MAX can do a lot (definitely everything you mention above), and a good programmer can hide all the behind-the-scenes connections to create a really b...
Announcement: Independent Music Publishers Cooperative at North Central ACDA in Madison!
Don't miss the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative exhibit at North Central ACDA this week! Dates: Wed Feb 8 (9pm) - Sat Feb 11 (10:30am)Location: lobby of Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin Find fantastic music from our eight composer-publishers: E...
Concert: Dale Warland conducts Arvo Pärt with SPCO Chorale
A cappella works by Arvo Pärt alternate with selections from Bach's Art of Fugue, played by members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.   November 3, 2011 – 7:30 PM Temple Israel, Minneapolis, MN November 4, 2011 – 10:30 AM (Fanfare pre-concert lecture begins one hour before concer...
Comment: Re: Women's Choir -- repertoire on theme of Angels & Demons
Libby Larsen's "Witches Trio" (SSAA a cap.) -- sets the Macbeth text. There's a great recording on her website here: http://libbylarsen.com/index.php?contentID=240&profileID=1615  
Comment: Re: Why ChoralNet is not "taking off"
Three cheers for ChoralNet!  I also think it's useful and efficient in its current form, and really fosters a supportive, lively community.    The only thing I often wish for is a "Like" button.  Often I don't have the time to respond to a post, or have anything new to add to the discussio...
Comment: Re: Celebratory piece for women's chorus
Hello from Minnesota,   I wonder if you might consider my two-part (but rhythmic and fun) piece, "Jerusalem Luminosa" for SA chorus, published by Kjos.  It has a big celebratory swoopy ending.  Follow the link for recordings, a score sample, and program notes about the "city of light."  ...
Comment: Re: GALUPPI
Dear Vincent,   Do you know the living composer Dominick Argento? He's very famous here in Minnesota, USA. Some years ago he took Galuppi's Harpsichord Sonata in B-flat and wrote an entirely new piece around it, for harpsichord, strings and SATB chorus.  It's an absolutely brilliant piece, a...
Comment: Re: Advent/Christmas A Capella music
Charles, I humbly suggest to you "Behind the Clouds" for SATB a cappella with soprano (or tenor) soloist.  Written in the tradition of the carols of Alfred Burt (my great-uncle), the four verses reflect, respectively, each of the four weeks of Advent.   Coincidentally the piece awaits a regi...
Comment: Re: Looking for Choral Works based on late 19th-century American poets/authors
I second Carol Barnett's "The Last Invocation" -- !  A riveting otherwordly piece that I had the pleasure of singing while Carol was Composer-in-Residence for the Dale Warland Singers.  Really worth checking out!  If you have 3 minutes, you can listen to it here: http://www.carolbarnett.net/a_z...
Comment: Re: September 11, tenth anniversary music
May I humbly suggest my piece "Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock," a setting of Psalm 144, which happened to be the first text I opened to after the planes hit the two towers.  I set the text for SAB chorus, sitting at the piano in tears.  The piece is dedicated to the victims and survivors of that d...
Comment: Re: Quality satb music about animals
Ms. Allison, I'd be honored to have you take a look at three of my works: Be Like the Bird (2-3') 5-pt canon Text: Victor Hugo Premiered on Minnesota Public Radio Listen and preview the score: www.abbiebetinis.com/works/be_like_the_bird.htmlGod of Owls (5') SATB a cappella, various solos ...
Comment: Re: Commissioning a piece
I've heard some great things about Kickstarter as a fundraising tool for commissions.  I haven't used it personally, but it looks like it might be an easy way to involve students, parents, school board, etc in raising money for a commission.  I like especially that you set a monetary goal for th...
Comment: Re: Fun rounds that can be performed?
Check out J. David Moore's "Hoppin' John" round about eating southern food... biscuits, black-eyed peas, and grits... really fun to sing!  I don't see it on his website, so you might have to email him.  http://jdavidmoore.net/
Announcement: We heard you: Presenting the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative
Conductors,   After years of following this ChoralNet community, studying how conductors make programming decisions, where you look first to buy music, and what you need to know before you buy, we composers have heard you!  And we've joined forces to present the Independent Music Publishers ...
Comment: Re: Music of Three Faiths
Hi Leonard!  Yes, free perusal scores and sound files are linked from the works pages linked above.  (If you'd like to order a full score for more complete perusal just click "Order Sheet Music" in the upper right corner and choose USPS or PDF delivery.)  Thanks so much for your interest in my ...
Comment: Re: Music of Three Faiths
Hi, I'm an American composer of Greek descent who loves setting choral music in non-English languages, especially ancient and medieval languages.  One of the greatest things about the Persian (Farsi) language is that it is largely identical today to what it was when great poets like Rumi and H...
Comment: Re: A 12 year old girl reports pain when breathing in deeply
Hello Lorraine,   When I was 16 I had some similar symptoms to those of your student.  I don't mean to worry you, because this is really a shot in the dark! -- but my diagnosis was Hodgkins Lymphoma.  It's a non-hereditary cancer most often found in patients aged 15-35, and -- when caught e...
Comment: Re: Choral piece with whistling
Oh, wonderful to hear!  Thank you Chris.  I have another one with some bird effects too, more recently uploaded to YouTube by the new a cappella ensemble Antiphony:  http://www.abbiebetinis.com/works/god_of_owls.html
Comment: Re: Choral piece with whistling
Was it this? http://www.abbiebetinis.com/works/be_like_the_bird.html 
Comment: Re: Could this be blasphemy in this forum?
Hi Kevin.  I'm a composer, but I read your post nodding in support and agreement.  I've definitely been there.  Thank you for this honest look at a thought-process that -- I think -- is more common than we usually talk about.   I've found three specific things that continue to help ...
Comment: Re: Dutch music culture takes a major hit
Thank you, Philip, for drawing our attention to this news.  I wrote to my friends at the Valborg Choir (Valborgkoor) in The Netherlands to ask about it.  This is a chorus who is championing new music especially, and bringing in international composers to their rehearsals and performances.  I wa...
Concert: You're Invited to Celebrate the Completion of "Noopiming", a Major New Choral Work by Mike Olson
Musical Event / Party Celebrating the Completion of "Noopiming", a Major New Choral Work by Mike Olson   Thursday November 18th at 7pm   Open Eye Figure Theatre 506 East 24 St.  Minneapolis, MN http://www.openeyetheatre.org   YOU'RE INVITED!   Please...
Comment: Re: The iPad Street Musician
hahaha!
Comment: Re: iPad for choir?
Hey Garrett!  Thanks for the shout-out!  I think you're on the right track here.  Call me this week -- I've been making some progress on this and want to see if there's anything I'm forgetting.
Comment: Re: Most Music Publishing Gets it Wrong
Mr. Unterseher you are a hero to me!  I read your article last spring when it was linked to a different ChoralNet posting on the subject.  I've shared it with many people through the link on your website.  I love especially how optimistic and positive your writing is -- it really makes this shi...
Comment: Re: A new kind of music publisher
Hi again.  And thanks, Philip for continuing this discussion.   I also have to jump in here to defend the cost of digital downloads.  I understand that the cost for PDFs should be lower than for printed sheet music because the buyer must use their own resources to print the music for...
Comment: Re: Most Music Publishing Gets it Wrong
Great discussion!  As a self-publisher myself (selling between 4-5 thousand scores a year) I'm finding my business is still too small to make much profit but just big enough to be taking up all my time.  That said, I really enjoy the job!   So far I'm dealing primarily with printed and boun...
Comment: Re: Seeking suggestions... "Home" theme....
Hello Terrence, I'm a composer in Minnesota, and want to write to tell you about a few "home"-themed pieces that were premiered a few years ago here in Minneapolis as part of a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity and the Minnesota Chorale: http://www.mnchorale.org/pro-bridges-singmeahome....
Comment: Re: SATB a cappella + tenor soloist
Please forgive me for being so bold -- I am a young composer in Minnesota writing to recommend my own piece, "Bar xizam (Upward I rise)," for SSAATTBB and s.a.t. soloists.  In February it made its Carnegie Hall debut on the Saint Olaf Choir's tour to NY.  The text is by 14th century Persian myst...
Comment: Re: Simple Round/Song on Ocean Theme?
One of my favorite rounds of all time (which happens to say "harbor" in it, is that enough?) is "This Pretty Planet" by Tom Chapin.  I learned it myself in a similar situation (in middle school summer camp, in a chorus elective) and my friends and I sing it together still, nearly 20 years later....
Comment: Re: Calling All Composers
Hi Clay, I'm a composer in Minneapolis and have written commissions for choirs across the country.  I have two sweet little canons to offer your chorus if you're interested.  They usually sell for $1/copy, but I am moved by your concept of using choral music to inspire social awareness and would l...
Comment: Re: Your Top 10 favorite living composers (someone commission-able)
Oh my goodness, what a joy to come across this list today!  I'm honored to be among this company.  Thanks for reminding me that the music -- mine and so many others -- is getting out there.  And -- if I may be so bold -- on behalf of these composers and so many more, thank you to all of you who c...
Comment: Re: Looking for "In this heart"
Hi Nathan,   I seem to remember a beautiful arrangement sung by Ithaca College's contemporary women's a cappella group Premium Blend.  The original is 4-part, but I think Premium Blend added a fifth harmony line to make a few really beautiful crunchy chords all in treble(ish) register.    I can...
Announcement: Composers welcome you to North Central ACDA: reception 3/2/10
Hello conductors! On behalf of Choral Composers Anonymous, a 'support-group' for Twin Cities area choral composers (yes, as in: "Hello my name is Abbie and I'm addicted to writing choral music..."), I’d like to invite you to a pre-ACDA reception at my home in St Paul, MN on Tuesday March 2, f...
Comment: Re: Looking for a course to study in 2011- vocal conducting
I highly recommend the European American Musical Alliance in Paris (taught in English and French).  It's a month-long summer program taught in the style of the legendary Nadia Boulanger and has programs in conducting, composition, and chamber music, with scholarships available.  Although I was in ...