Faculty & Staff SpotlightAbbie Betinis

Abbie Betinis

Adjunct Professor of Music

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.


  • M.A., Music Composition, University of Minnesota (2007)
  • B.A., Music Theory/Composition, St. Olaf College (2001)

Music Composition, Instrumental Arranging, Choral Arranging