Inspired by concepts of place and the human experience, composer Christina Rusnak works at the intersection of nature, culture, history, landscape, and art to integrate context into her music from the world around her.
Rusnak composes for diverse instrumentations with lyrical lines, and organic rhythms and textures. Her pieces range from elementary to professional levels and includes chamber ensemble, orchestra, wind band, choral and solo works, as well as flex band pieces, jazz, electro-acoustic works, and film.
An avid hiker, cultural geographer, and a member of the Landscape Music Composers Network, Rusnak has worked with the United States Forest Service, the National Park Service, and Oregon State Parks to sonically explore and celebrate our many environmental treasures, resulting in numerous landscape-inspired works. In 2019, she led the renowned Composing in the Wilderness Seminar in Alaska. Her work has been performed across the country, and internationally. Rusnak recently served as a resident at the Visby International Center for Composers.
An advocate for New Music, Rusnak has served as Sound Art Curator for the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, as Executive Director for Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, and currently serves as president of the International Alliance for Women in Music. Her essays on music and advocacy can be found on New Music Box, LandscapeMusic.org, and more. Her works are available from Amazon, Naxos, and PARMA Recordings. Scores are available through her website and distributors.