Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb . . . whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe).

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 Top 100 Composers Under 40.

Her music is published by G. Schirmer, Graphite Publishing, and Kjos, among others. A strong proponent of small business and cooperative models, she is a founding member of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative and runs her own company, Abbie Betinis Music Co. LLC, which now publishes and distributes her sheet music internationally.

Betnis graduated from St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and studied harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. A former alto in The Dale Warland Singers, she now sings with The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and enjoys playing euphonium (badly) in a community band. She lives in Saint Paul, where she is composer-in-residence with The Schubert Club and adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University.

To the Evening StarVoicing: SSATBB  Accompaniment: Flute  Performance Length: 7:15  Notation: Standard  Text Source: William Blake  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Solstice  Descriptive Terms: Darkness, Irony, Light, Love, Nature, Poetry, Secular  First Performance: Dec 03, 2005: Nativity Choir, Matthew Culloton, Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, St. Paul, Minnesota Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 47/48)