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Christina Rusnak

Portland, OR            

Christina Rusnak is a multifaceted composer whose work reflects a diversity of styles and points of view. Passionate about composing about place, nature and the human experience, she actively seeks to integrate facets of landscape, culture, history and art into her work. She has composed pieces for chamber ensemble, orchestra and soloists as well as jazz, and women’s choral works. Her goal is to compose music that is thought provoking, engages the performers and the audience.

Rusnak’s work has been performed across the country including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, the Parma Music Festival in New Hampshire, the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, the CSUF New Music Festival in Fullerton California. In 2009-10 she created a sound art series as composer-in-residence for the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum. An avid hiker, she has been commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service, The National Park Service, and Oregon State Parks. Ms. Rusnak has also received commissions and performances from talented ensembles and performers including Corvus, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Bottom Line Duo, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Vocal Luna (in Havana Cuba) and pianist Jeffrey Jacob.

Upcoming projects include “Celilo Falls” which commemorates one of the greatest fishing and trading areas in North America for millennia before its burial by the Dalles Dam in 1957. Her recordings are available on Navona, Big Round and Ansonica Records. Her music is published by Rusnak Music Press.

Having begun composing at nine, Rusnak he earned her master’s in Music Composition and Arts Leadership from the University of North Texas, graduating summa cum laude. She has studied with Cindy McTee, David Bithell, Jonathan Newman and William Hoshal. For more information, visit http://christinarusnak.com

Articles by Christina Rusnak:

Articles July 5 2018 | By Christina Rusnak
Widening Inclusion & Visibility

How can we broaden our scope to increase the visibility of the vast amount of music composed by women? At least THREE THOUSAND OF THEM.

Articles April 25 2016 | By Christina Rusnak
New Music and Place: Creating Community

Our landscape shapes our perception of the world, and thereby our culture. Music that we create about, for, and with a community can itself act as an advocate for these...

Articles April 19 2016 | By Christina Rusnak
Composing Advocacy: Social Voices

Most of us believe that we possess the power to make positive change in the world. Are we experiencing a resurgence in new music composed to highlight social equity? If...

Articles April 13 2016 | By Christina Rusnak
Money, Support, and the Voice of New Music

We have the opportunity to look beyond traditional funding models to keep our music fresh and authentic. How can each of us help to create a supportive community locally?

Articles April 4 2016 | By Christina Rusnak
New Music as Advocacy for Place

Composing about place and stories of its cultural, geographic, and human history serves a vital advocatorial role on several levels.