Composer Abbie Betinis (b. 1980) has loved experimenting with sound since age 3, when she excitedly announced to her parents while singing rounds, “I can hold my own hawmony!” Now her music is performed across the U.S., acclaimed as “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “the highlight… pushes forward a brooding, dissonant unease” (Boston Globe), and “extraordinary music by a greatly gifted young composer” (Chicago Classical Review).
Unfolding with dramatic impulse, often inspired by language, patterns, and play, Abbie’s catalog of vocal music includes commissioned pieces for Cantus, Carrie Henneman Shaw, Dale Warland Singers, The Rose Ensemble, Ruth Palmer, The Schubert Club, The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists, St. Olaf Choir, and the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, among others.
She has received the McKnight Composers Fellowship, Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize, and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Donne in Musica, the Esoterics, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and New York’s Sorel Organization. In 2011, Abbie was listed by NPR Music and New York’s WQXR Public Radio in their 100 Composers Under 40. Her music has been aired on National Public Radio and Public Radio International, and was featured in the Twin Cities Public Television documentary “Never Stop Singing,” which won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award.
Abbie is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota, and has done post-graduate study in harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. She lives in Saint Paul, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University and Composer-in-Residence for The Schubert Club.