ABBIE BETINIS is a composer whose music has been called "superb
New Release for 2013! "i carry your heart" for SATB a cappella
posted: Mar 2013
This beautiful text by E. E. Cummings was just begging to be sung, so I got to let out my inner romantic! Come pick it up in the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative booth at National ACDA -- or -- if you just can't wait, preview the score here.
Minnesota Public Radio premieres the new Burt Family Carol
posted: Dec 2012
From 1922-1954, my mom's family (the Burts) sent an original carol every year in their Christmas cards. I took up the tradition in 2001, and sent "The Mirthful Heart" this year to friends and family. Hear the archived broadcast of the premiere on Minnesota Public Radio!
Debra Spurgeon publishes all my women's choir secrets with GIA
posted: Oct 2012
Just kidding (not all my secrets). I'm delighted to have contributed to Debra Spurgeon's new book Conducting Women's Choirs through Nancy Menk's chapter "Writing for Women's Voices: A Conversation with Composers." And I'm not the only one who gave away my tricks, so did some of my heroes: Stephen Hatfield, Joan Szymko, Rosephanye Powell, and Elizabeth Alexander. The result is a fun read!
Pianos on Parade: Abbie's music comes to a *sidewalk* near you
posted: Aug 2012
"Keys 4/4 Kids" is putting pianos all over St. Paul, Minnesota! This creative initiative encourages random acts of piano-playing all over the city. Be sure to look inside the piano bench for new piano music by 22 Minnesota composers! Bring some of your own sheet music for the bench, and you can choose something out of the bench to take home.
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