The music of Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence Abbie Betinis (b. 1980) is 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). Her catalog of over fifty commissioned works includes projects for the American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Dale Warland Singers, Flying Forms Baroque, James Sewell Ballet, New England Philharmonic, St. Olaf Choir, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and Zeitgeist.
A 2015 McKnight Artist Fellow, Abbie has also received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Educators Association, Sorel Organization, and a previous McKnight Artist Fellowship (2009). In a project by New York’s WQXR Public Radio and NPR listeners, Betinis was selected as one of their favorite “100 Composers Under 40.” Her song cycle “Nattsanger (Nightsongs)” for soprano, clarinet and piano won an Honorable Mention in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and is distributed by Naxos.
Her music is published by G. Schirmer, Graphite Publishing, and Hal Leonard, but most extensively by her own venture, Abbie Betinis Music Co, which she founded in 2006 to distribute her scores directly from her studio to musicians around the world. An advocate for new music, she is co-founder and president of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative, has held residencies with The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists and The Rose Ensemble, and is featured in the award-winning Public Television documentary about Minnesota’s choral tradition “Never Stop Singing.”
A graduate of the Suzuki piano program in her hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Betinis holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.A. in music composition from the University of Minnesota, and has studied harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger through the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. She lives in Saint Paul, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University.
From solo to orchestra, epigram to epic, Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence Edie Hill’s music unfolds seamlessly in all spaces and idioms. Born in New York City (1962), her works are widely performed in the United States, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe. Venues and presenters have included Lincoln Center, LA County Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, Walker Arts Center, Cape May Festival (NJ), The Downtown Arts Festival (NYC), Liviu Cultural Center (Romania), Feszek Müvészklub (Budapest), the towns of Alkmaar, Zeist, Groningen, Zutphen, Breda and Bilthoven (The Netherlands), Saint Paul’s Schubert Club, classrooms and cafes, basilicas and back yards. A three time McKnight Artist Fellow and a two-time Bush Artist Fellow, Hill has been awarded grants from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, Meet The Composer and Chamber Music America to name a few. She actively cultivates the talents of young composers and musicians as well as educating and engaging the public in the music of today. She has been a guest lecturer at such institutions as Syracuse University, the American Composers Forum, the Iowa Composers Forum Nuts N’ Bolts Festival, Tufts University, the University of Michigan and Delft University (Netherlands). Hill earned a B.A. in music composition and piano performance at Bennington College where she studied with Vivian Fine, then earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota with principle composition teacher Lloyd Ultan. She has also studied extensively with Libby Larsen. She resides in Minneapolis where she works as a freelance composer.
Past artists-in-residence include composer David Evan Thomas, pianist Roderick Kettlewell, composer Cung Tien, oboist Stanley King, gamelan musician Joko Sutrisno, and early music ensemble Belladonna.