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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 new carol: Romance in Waltz Time
posted: Dec 2015
Here's the newest Burt Family Carol! As many of you know, my mom's family has a long tradition of sending an original carol as a Christmas card. This year I wrote a countermelody to an unpublished waltz by my late great-uncle Alfred Burt to create Romance in Waltz Time, a wistful holiday waltz. Hear the radio premiere (sung by my beautiful sister Laura!) and the MPR interview with poet Michael Dennis Browne and me all right here!

Composer-in-Residence for NYSSMA 2015
posted: Nov 2015
Start spreadin' the news... I'm heading to New York! At the invitation of the New York State School Music Association, I'll be their Composer-in-Residence this winter. I'll rehearse with the NY All-State choirs (on "i carry your heart with me" and "Cedit Hyems (Be gone, Winter!)," and lead composition workshops with some of the brightest young minds creating music in that great state. Thank you Daniel Deutsch and Rob Deemer for this opportunity!

Featured Presenter: Contemporary Composition in America Symposium
posted: Oct 2015
Excited to share the stage with Rosephanye Powell, Steven Sametz, Jocelyn Hagen, and other noted composers as a featured presenter at North Dakota State University's biennial Choral Symposium. I'll lecture on creativity (which sounds awful, but will be really fun) and unveil some of my newest work. Oct 22-24 at NDSU's Challey School of Music. Details here.

I just won a McKnight Artist Fellowship!
posted: May 2015
I am thrilled to receive the news today of my second McKnight Artist Fellowship! These generous grants are designed by the McKnight Foundation "to award composers whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging." Thrilled as well for my friends, composers Reinaldo Moya and Peter O'Gorman, also awardees in this round. What esteemed company!

Lumina records demo of A Blessing of Cranes
posted: Mar 2015
Take a peek behind-the-scenes of our demo recording last week with the lovely ladies of Lumina, Jocelyn Hagen on piano, and Michael Dennis Browne's exquisite poetry in Wild Sound Recording Studio in Minneapolis. It is such a pleasure to make music with these folks.


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