Composer Christina Rusnak seeks to integrate a sense of context into her music from a variety of sources including landscape, culture, history and art. Her goal is to compose music that is engaging as well as thought provoking. Rusnak’s work includes chamber, orchestra, wind band and solo pieces as well as jazz, women’s choir, electro-acoustic works, and film.
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, The Chris Klaxton Band, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Vocal Luna (in Havana Cuba) and pianist Jeffrey Jacob. Ms. Rusnak was commissioned by Kino-Lorber Films to score the silent film, A House Divided, and most recently completed Wy’am, about a 12,000 year old site on the Columbia River.
Upcoming recording projects include “The Coast in Winter” for elementary wind band, and Glacier Blue for solo cello. Her recordings are available through Amazon and Naxos 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, William Hoshal and Andrea Reinkemeyer. For more information, visit http://christinarusnak.com
Articles by Christina Rusnak:
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.
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...
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...
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?
Composing about place and stories of its cultural, geographic, and human history serves a vital advocatorial role on several levels.