Adjunct Professor of Composition
Abbie Betinis is Adjunct Professor of Composition in the Concordia University, St. Paul Music Department. Called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), her music is praised for its sweeping phrases, unfolding patterns of rhythmic vigor and playfulness, and imaginative, sensitive text-setting. Recent projects have been inspired by ancient Greek love charms, early American shape-note singing, the rhythms of the telegraph machine, and Newton’s laws of motion.
With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, The Dale Warland Singers, New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Betinis has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s 100 Composers Under 40.
Her music is published by G. Schirmer and Graphite Publishing, among others. A strong proponent of small business and cooperative models, she is President of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative and runs her own business, Abbie Betinis Music Co. LLC, which publishes and distributes her music internationally.
Originally from Stevens Point, Wis., Betinis graduated from St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and has done post-graduate work through the European American Musical Alliance inParis, France, where she studied harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger. She has been composer-in-residence with The Schubert Club in Saint Paul since 2005.
For more information, sound samples, and upcoming events, please visit www.abbiebetinis.com.
ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
- M.A., Music Composition, University of Minnesota (2007)
- B.A., Music Theory/Composition, St. Olaf College (2001)
Music Composition, Instrumental Arranging, Choral Arranging
“The blend of the intricate counterpoint netted my attention with an inescapable allure. . . and in the sublime acoustic of Walt Disney Concert Hall… was a beautiful, affective abstract language.” –Culture Spot LA, 2013
“inventive, richly melodic” – The New York Times, 2011
“The highlight was a world premiere by Abbie Betinis . . . brooding, dissonant. . . against bold instrumental flourishes. . . managed to feel both cathartic and unresolved.” - Boston Globe, 2011
“A jaw-dropping piece . . . mystical and moving.“ - Classical Voice of North Carolina, 2011
“Spellbinding . . . the standout . . . Betinis has created something enduringly ancient in sound.” - St Paul Pioneer Press, 2010
“A high point in the program . . . The audience sat silently, transfixed by the beauty and creativity of the piece and granted the composer, who was in the audience, a prolonged ovation. At intermission she was besieged by admirers. - Telegram (Worcester, MA), 2010
“The most striking setting came from the pen of 29-year-old composer, Abbie Betinis . . . vaulting solos, shifting textures, and rapidly soaring accelerandos . . . This is extraordinary music by a greatly gifted young composer.” - Chicago Classical Review, 2010
“...most audacious. . .edgy in depicting a troubled world and thrilling in the joy of the Nativity.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2003