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See also: Burt Family Christmas Carol Series

Come In! Come In!

Voicing: flexible (canon)
Text: Abbie Betinis
Duration: flexible
Premiere: The MPR Carolers, Minnesota Public Radio - Dec 2011
Published by: Abbie Betinis Music Co.
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Performed by The MPR Carolers
(Melissa Morey, Jenny French, Abbie Betinis, Laura Krider, Justin Karch, Tony Sofie, Michael Meyer)

In 1922, Rev. Bates G. Burt, a self-taught musician, began composing Christmas carols and sending them as seasonal greeting cards to his friends, family, and parishioners. In 1942, he passed the job of composing the music to his son, Alfred Burt, a jazz trumpeter who had just received his music degree from the University of Michigan. The father-son team produced five carols together before Bates' death in 1948. Alfred Burt went on to write a total of fifteen Christmas carols, including the popular Caroling, Caroling, and Some Children See Him, made famous originally by the Voices of Jimmy Joyce and now recorded by artists all over the world. Since 2001, Abbie Burt Betinis has been continuing this family tradition begun so long ago by Bates, her great-grandfather.

Each new carol uses a text relating somehow to the Burt family tradition. In Come In! Come In!, Abbie honors the memory of her grandfather, Rev. John H Burt, who so joyfully greeted his family at the door for the holidays.

More information on the Burt Family Carols here.

Come In! Come In! Poem by the composer
Come In! Come in! Come in!
Ye carolers trudging around in the snow,
Come In! Come in!
Sit by the fire and (drink up some cider and...)
Warm up your fingers and toes.

Text © 2011, Abbie Betinis. Used by permission.

Performed by:

Angelica Encore (Patrick Coleman, conductor); Minneapolis, Minnesota
Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago; Naperville, Illinois
Ascension Lutheran Church Choir; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Atlanta Young Singers; Atlanta, Georgia
Cedar Grove-Belgium HS Choir; Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
Chorus Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble; Austin, Texas
Columbus Gay Men's Chorus; Columbus, Ohio
DePauw University Chorus (Gregory Ristow, conductor); Greencastle, Indiana
Gonzaga University Choirs (Timothy Westerhaus, conductor); Spokane, Washington
Green Bay Girl Choir (Karie Green, conductor); Green Bay, Wisconsin
Henderson Mill Elementary School choruses; Atlanta, Georgia
Minnesota Chorale; Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Covenant Community choir (Janet Chandler, conductor); Normal, Illinois
Pembina Trails Voices: PTV Singers; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Pennsylvania MEA District 12 Elementary Choral Reading Session (Joy Hirokawa, presenter); Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist Choir; Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Perham High School Choir (Nicole Mattfeld, conductor); Perham, Minnesota
Tenacre Country Day School, 3rd-6th graders (Emily Yandoh, conductor); Wellesley, Massachusetts
The Alma College Choir; Alma, Michigan
The MPR Carolers
University of Minnesota Campus Singers Gold (G. Phillip Shoultz, III & Lukas Perry, directors); Minneapolis, Minnesota
Young New Yorkers' Chorus (Michael Kerschner, conductor); New York, New York
Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco; Berkeley, California

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