Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Our newest ChoralQuest piece Song in My Head by composer Abbie Betinis received its first two rolling world premieres this spring. Betinis is the first ChoralQuest composer to pilot a new hybrid residency model, working directly with Cottage Grove Middle School in Cottage Grove, MN, and virtually with Lakeside School in Seattle, WA, and Sister Cities Girlchoir in Philadelphia, PA. Betinis has composed one piece informed and inspired all three choirs, and we can’t get the song out of our head!
Cottage Grove, MN
Next fall, the final rolling world premiere of Song in My Head with director Alysia Lee and the Sister Cities Girlchoir will take place. We can’t wait!
Thank you to everyone who has helped to make these residencies a rich experience for the artist and students!
ChoralQuest is a music series published by the American Composers Forum that commissions new works for middle-level choirs by world-class composers. The series is designed to breathe new life into the available repertoire for choral students in middle school and junior high, introduce students to the composition process, and give commissioned composers the unique opportunity and challenge of writing new works for young, changing voices. So far, the series features works by renowned composers René Clausen, Rollo Dilworth, Judd Greenstein, Jennifer Higdon, Alice Parker, Stephen Paulus, Rosephanye Powell, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, and Chen Yi. All pieces are published by ACF and distributed exclusively by the Hal Leonard Corporation. Visit www.choralquest.orgfor more information. This commission is made possible with generous support from Tom Arneson and Alfred and Ann Moore.