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Abbie Betinis

ABBIE BETINIS is a composer whose music has been called "superb... whirling, soaring", and "audacious... edgy... thrilling" (Minneapolis Star Tribune). A McKnight Artist Fellow, her music unfolds with a dramatic, melodic impulse, often inspired by language, patterns, and play.

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Minnesota Public Radio premieres the 2014 Burt Family Carol
posted: Dec 2014
In 1922, my mom's family (the Burt family) began annually sending a fresh, new carol as a Christmas card. I took up the tradition in 2001, and had the great joy of collaborating this year with the a cappella quartet The Fairlanes. Hear my interview and the premiere of "Peace with Me Now" -- a torch song for the dark of winter -- on Minnesota Public Radio!

New Release! Carol of the Stranger for SATB a cappella chorus
posted: Nov 2014
Carol of the Stranger is now published and available! This was last year's Burt Family Carol, and such a special project -- with poet Michael Dennis Browne writing me these most incredible lyrics. What a particularly important idea right now (and always), to be welcoming and warm to others.

RIBCAGE with James Sewell Ballet: "Baroque meets prog rock"
posted: Oct 2014
Our RIBCAGE review is in! "genuinely odd yet hypnotic...The effect is baroque meets prog rock not an expected pairing at all, but it works quite well." What a fabulous trip it has been to write new music for soprano, violin, electric guitar, and the 18 incredibly long legs of the James Sewell Ballet!

Two of Abbie's pieces chosen for Texas All-State 2015
posted: May 2014
If you're a high school singer auditioning for Texas All-State, two of my scores are about to become your new best friend. Thank you to conductors Kathleen Rodde and Z. Randall Stroope for choosing these two scores as required audition pieces for TMEA! Good luck everyone!

Mechanical Licensing form is now online -- (do I hear a hip hip...?)
posted: Apr 2014
Are you recording an album with my music on it? Hooray! And also your mechanical licensing just got easier! Submit this online form to my office to get the process started. And thank you so much!


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