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Abbie Betinis

Location: Minnesota, USA
Abbie Betinis
Reviewed as "most audacious... edgy and thrilling," the music of composer Abbie Betinis (b. 1980) is being performed increasingly in the United States and abroad. Praised for its melodic impulse and unfolding dramatic design, her work is also characterized by rhythmic vigor and playfulness. Abbie has been commissioned by more than 40 music organizations including the American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Cornell University Chorus, and the Dale Warland Singers.
A 2009 McKnight Artist Fellow, Abbie has also received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and the University of Minnesota.  Her work is represented on six commercially-available recordings, and is published by Augsburg Fortress, Graphite Publishing, Kjos, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and in G. Schirmer's Dale Warland Series. In 2006, Abbie launched a self-publishing company, and now markets and distributes her own scores internationally through her website.
Since 2001, Minnesota Public Radio has partnered with American Public Media to record and premiere Abbie's annual, original Christmas carol (written in the tradition of her great uncle, composer Alfred Burt) to an estimated listening audience of 800,000. National Public Radio and Public Radio International have aired her performances by the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers and The Rose Ensemble in national broadcasts. Interviews with Abbie are featured alongside Dale Warland, Dominick Argento, and René Clausen in the documentary "Never Stop Singing" (2009), an examination of the choral music tradition in Minnesota.
Abbie holds a BA from St. Olaf College, MA in music composition from the University of Minnesota, and has done post-graduate work in Paris, France through the European American Musical Alliance studying harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger.  Since 2005, Abbie has been a Composer-in-Residence for The Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also held residencies with The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists and The Rose Ensemble.  She lives in St. Paul.
To listen to her music, please visit
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Conductors who have recently programmed Abbie's music:
Anton Armstrong
Daniel Bara
Jeffrey Brillhart
Heinrich Christensen
Matthew Culloton
Michael Culloton
Marian Dolan
Jeffrey Douma
Emily Ellsworth
Elroy Friesen
Janet Galvan
David Hayes
Lesley Leighton
Scott MacPherson
Susan McMane
Nancy Menk
Sandra Peter
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Kathleen Rodde
Eugene Rogers
Kathy Romey
Mark Shapiro
Sandra Snow
Ron Staheli
Phillip A. Swan
Eric Townell
Scott Tucker
Dale Warland
Roger Wilhelm
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           Expectans expectavi (I waited patiently)
           for Chorus pro Musica; Betsy Burleigh, conductor
           Ophelie (Ophelia)
           for University of Nebraska-Omaha Chamber Singers
           Be Like the Bird
           premiered on Minnesota Public Radio
           Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
           for Minnesota Music Educators Association & ACDA All-State Men's Chorus
           Fall of Stars
           for The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists
2008:  And the Song Am I
           for Choirs of Note (conducted by Dale Warland)
           Chant for Great Compassion
           for Cornell University Women’s Chorus
           The Spell of the Elements
           for Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota
           Behind the Clouds
           premiered on Minnesota Public Radio
2007: From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hafez
           for The Rose Ensemble
           Bar xizam (Upward I rise)
           for The Esoterics
           Journey Home
           for Minnesota Chorale, Bridges program
           Table Grace
           for Independent School District 191, "Empty Bowls" concert
           Prayer for Peace
           for Naples Orchestra and Chorus
2006: To the Evening Star
           for The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists
           In This Tyme of Chrystmas
           for The Rose Ensemble
           In the Bleak Midwinter
           for Ruth Palmer & Unity Church Choir, St Paul, Minnesota
           Mary and Gabriel
           for Choral Arts Ensemble; Rochester, Minnesota
2005: Long Time Trav'ling
           for The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists
           Aililiu, o Iosa
           for The Rose Ensemble
           Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom
           for The Young New Yorkers Chorus
2004: The Babe of Bethlehem
           for The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists
           Carmina mei cordis
           for Kantorei; Denver, Colorado
           God of Owls
           for Ensemble of the North
2003: The Piper's Son
           for American Suzuki Foundation
           Yhinx: an Ancient Greek Love Charm
           for Cantus
           Cedit, Hyems
           for the Dale Warland Singers
           Psalm 126
           for Sing for Joy, Home Harvest, and Healing Hymn Festival

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