Abbie Burt Betinis

Abbie Betinis

The work of composer ABBIE BETINIS (b. 1980) has been reviewed as "superb... whirling, soaring" (Tacoma News Tribune), and "audacious... edgy... thrilling" (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Praised for its melodic line and unfolding dramatic impulse, her music is also characterized by patterns of rhythmic vigor and playfulness.

Always an enthusiast of language, Betinis enjoys delving into ancient and modern texts in the hope of inspiring greater cultural literacy and exchange. She has set texts in English, Gaelic, ancient Greek, Latin, medieval Persian, Spanish, Tang-era Chinese, and gibberish (in which she is most fluent), and has recently completed a song cycle featuring the Norwegian poetry of Rolf Jacobsen. Her text setting has been called imaginative and sensitive, even while pushing performers to explore extended vocal techniques such as yodeling, crying, spitting, whistling, glottal grunting, or bird-calling. Her recent projects investigate topics as varied as ancient Greek love charms and binding spells, African melorhythm, early American shape-note singing, and Sufi mysticism. A recent piece for The Rose Ensemble explores the pre-Christian Gaelic tradition of keening in a staged piece for solo soprano, mixed chorus, Gaelic harp, bodhran, and vielle.

A McKnight Artist Fellow, Betinis has been commissioned by more than 40 music organizations including the American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Cornell University Chorus, Dale Warland Singers, Minnesota Music Educators Association, The Rose Ensemble, The Schubert Club, and the Young New Yorkers' Chorus, and has won a Jerome Composers Commissioning Grant, the Esoterics' Polyphonos Young Composer Prize, Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize, and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and the Young New Yorkers Chorus. Her work is represented on six commercially-available recordings, and is published by Augsburg Fortress, Graphite Publishing, Kjos, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and in G. Schirmer's Dale Warland Series. In 2006, Betinis launched a self-publishing company, and now markets and distributes her own scores internationally.

Since 2001, Minnesota Public Radio has partnered with American Public Media to record and premiere Betinis's annual, original Christmas carol (composed in the tradition of her great uncle Alfred Burt) to an estimated listening audience of 800,000. National Public Radio and Public Radio International have aired her performances by the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers and The Rose Ensemble in national broadcasts.

Originally from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Betinis holds a B.A. in music with a linguistics concentration from St. Olaf College, and M.A. in music composition from the University of Minnesota where her primary teacher was Judith Lang Zaimont. Upon twice receiving the Cynthia Lilley Scholarship from the European American Musical Alliance, she spent two summer sessions in Paris, France, where she studied harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger with faculty from The Juilliard School and the Paris Conservatory.

Since 2005, Betinis has served as Composer-in-Residence for The Schubert Club in Minnesota. She has also held residencies with The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists and The Rose Ensemble. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Hail Christmas Day
 

 
Hail Christmas Day - SATB (click title to purchase)
$1.95 (F2354)

Composer: Abbie Burt Betinis Author/Lyricist: John Harris Burt 

Season: Christmas   Released: 2010   Series: Burt Family Christmas Carol Choral Series   Difficulty: Medium
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In A Far Judean City
 

 
In A Far Judean City - SATB (click title to purchase)
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Composer: Abbie Burt Betinis Arranger: Abbie Burt Betinis Author/Lyricist: Bates Burt 

Season: Christmas   Released: 2012   Series: Burt Family Christmas Carol Choral Series   Difficulty: Medium
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Prayer For Peace
 

 
Prayer For Peace - SATB (click title to purchase)
$1.95 (F2358)

Composer: Abbie Burt Betinis Author/Lyricist: Bates Burt, Abbie Burt Betinis 

Season: Christmas   Released: 2009   Series: Burt Family Christmas Carol Choral Series   Difficulty: Medium

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Run, Toboggan, Run
 

 
Run, Toboggan, Run - SATB (click title to purchase)
$2.10 (F2356)

Composer: Abbie Burt Betinis Author/Lyricist: Holly Windle 

Season: Christmas   Released: 2011   Series: Burt Family Christmas Carol Choral Series   Difficulty: Medium
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