Abbie Betinis

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Reviewed as "superb... whirling, soaring" and "audacious... edgy..." the music of Abbie Betinis revolves around language, patterns and play.

The music of Abbie Betinis (b. 1980) has been heard in some of the finest concert halls in the United States, and is enjoying growing acclaim abroad. Abbie has been commissioned by more than 50 music organizations including the American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Dale Warland Singers, and The Schubert Club. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and has done post-graduate work at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, where she studied harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger. A two-time McKnight Artist Fellow, Abbie has also received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.

Abbie lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she is Composer-in-Residence for The Schubert Club and Adjunct Professor of Music at Concordia University. She is a three-time cancer survivor.

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Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
TTBB chorus, snare drum, piano
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And the Song Am I
SATB chorus, brass quintet
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Babe of Bethlehem, The (arr.)
SATB div., a cappella
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Bar xizam (Upward I rise)
SATB div. with s.a.t. soloists, a cappella
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Be Like the Bird
5-pt canon (SA or SATB)
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Behind the Clouds
solo (high voice), SATBB a cappella
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Carmina mei cordis (Songs of my Heart)
SATB div. a cappella, optional s. a. solos
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Carol of the Stranger
SATB
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Chant for Great Compassion
SSAA div., and narrator, a cappella
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Come In! Come In!
flexible (canon)
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From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez
SSAA, soloists, viola or cello, Persian hand drums (optional Oud)
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God of Owls
SATB a cappella, various solos
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Hail, Christmas Day! (women's chorus)
SSAA
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i carry your heart with me
SATB div.
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In the Bleak Midwinter, arr. (orig. Holst)
SATB chorus, s.a. solos, piano or harp
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In the Bleak Midwinter, arr. (SSAA)
SSAA chorus, s.a. solos, piano
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In This Tyme of Chrystmas
SSS with SATBB, a cappella
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In Your Hands (Where do human rights begin?)
SSAA Chorus, Narrator, Vibraphone, Piano
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Lumen
unison chant, with 3-part canon
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Ophelie (Ophelia)
SATB, strings, harp
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Remember, O Thou Man (arr.)
SATB, s.a.t.b. soloists, cello, harp
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Song of the Pines
SATB a cappella
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Songs of Smaller Creatures
SSAATTBB a cappella, soprano solo
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Spell of the Elements
SATB double chorus and piano
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Table Grace
Canon for voices in 2-8 parts, a cappella
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The Mirthful Heart
SSA, hand drum
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The Piper's Son
SA Children, flute or violin, piano
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To the Evening Star
SATB, flute
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Yhinx: An Ancient Greek Love Charm
TTBB a cappella, t.b. solos, solo whistler
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Street:
PO Box 4842
City:
Saint Paul
,
Province:
Minnesota
Postal Code:
55104
Country:
United States
Performing Rights Affiliation: 
ASCAP
Birth Year: 
1980
Birthplace: 
Stevens Point, WI, USA
Current Home: 
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Education: 

- 2007, M.A. Music Composition, University of Minnesota
- 2001 & 2004, post-grad, European American Musical Alliance
- 2001, B.A. Music with Theory/Comp emphasis, St. Olaf College

Grants and Awards: 

2015, McKnight Artist Fellowship
2011, Honored by NPR Music and New York's WQXR Public Radio in top 100 "Composers Under 40"
2010, J.W. Pepper Editors' Choice Award, for Run, Toboggan, Run
2010, Finalist, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, for Bar xizam
2009, McKnight Artist Fellowship
2009, 2nd Prize, Sorel Choral Composition Contest for Mary and Gabriel
2009, Honorable Mention, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, for Nattsanger
2008, American Composers Forum Subito Grant
2007, Jerome Composer Commissioning Program (JCCP) grant
2006, The Esoterics' Polyphonos Composition Competition, for Bar xizam
2006, Cambridge Madrigal Singers Prize for Carmina mei cordis
2005, Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize, for Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures

Residencies: 

2005-present, The Schubert Club, St. Paul, MN
Dec. 2015, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Rochester, NY
2006-2007, The Rose Ensemble, St. Paul, MN
2006, Craig and Janet Swan Composer Residency, University of Minn. School of Music
2004-2014, The Singers--Minnesota Choral Artists, Minneapolis, MN

Available for Workshops?: 
Yes, I'm currently available for workshops.
Available for Commissions?: 
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Earliest Availability for Commissions: 
February, 2019