Christina Rusnak is a multifaceted composer whose work reflects a diversity of styles and points of view. Passionate about composing about place and the human experience, she actively seeks to integrate facets of landscape, culture, history and art into her work. Her goal is to compose music that is thought provoking, engages the performers and the audience.
She began composing at nine, and by high school was regularly performing her works at recitals. She earned her masters in Music Composition and Arts Leadership from the University of North Texas, graduating with honors. She has written for chamber ensemble, as well as jazz, women’s choir, and orchestra. An avid hiker, Ms. Rusnak has explored and composed several pieces for our National Parks, including Free Land, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act and in 2015 The Way Through at North Cascades National Park.
Commissions include 161 Glass, (Dallas Contemporary Museum) for a new art space; Canyon Voices (Oregon State Parks) for the new Cottonwood Canyon state park; The Life of Ashes (U.S. Forest Service) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. A new work (Third Angle Ensemble) will be premiered in 2017. Her electro-acoustic piece, FEAR: The Unspoken Geography was chosen in 2013 for the 12th Annual CSUF New Music Festival: Voice in the 21st Century. Her jazz album, Chat, Chill, Highline was released in 2014 on Big Round Records.
Ms. Rusnak works with communities and organizations to bring music, culture, and heritage into public spaces. She has written essays for LandscapeMusic.org, New Music Box, and Oregon Arts Watch. She lives in Portland Oregon, and sits on the board of the International Alliance of Women in Music. Her recordings are available on ERMMedia and Parma Recordings. For more information, visit http://christinarusnak.com