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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: Peace with Me Now
posted: Dec 2014
Here's the newest Burt Family Carol! If you're just joining me, my mom's family has a long tradition of sending a fresh, new carol as a Christmas card. This year I had the great joy of collaborating with The Fairlanes vocal quartet to develop Peace with Me Now, a dreamy torch song for the dark of winter. Hear my interview, the MPR premiere, and watch my beautiful sister Laura and her husband Anthony read through it at the piano all right here!

New Publication: Carol of the Stranger for SATB chorus
posted: Nov 2014
Now available! Last year's Burt Family Carol was 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!


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