“There is a deep interiority to this music . . . a composer of considerable imagination, emotional expressiveness, and poetic sensibility.” – American Record Guide
Self-taught in composition, Rain Worthington’s catalog includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, duos, solos and miniatures. Inspirations for pieces have ranged from NYC trucks backing up late at night, to the two-note expression of a sigh, to a dream of a careening bike ride through dark fog.
Performances of Worthington’s compositions have spanned the globe from Brazil to Iceland, Cyprus to Korea, Italy to India. Her work takes “… ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park” – Chamber Music.
Her writing has been described in the IAWM Journal as “a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval sounds expressed via modality and open sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas—to capture components of the human experience.”
In 2020 Worthington’s orchestral work Still Motion was performed at Carnegie Hall and Yet Still Night at the TUTTI Festival at Denison University. She received a 2020 commission for a new violin/piano work from violinist Audrey Wright. In June 2019 Shredding Glass received its World Premiere in Brazil. Tracing a Dream and In Passages were premiered by the Missouri State University Symphony, with subsequent premieres in Italy and Brazil. She serves as Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers.
Navona Records has released Worthington’s chamber and orchestral music, with an upcoming release of Within Deep Currents scheduled for 2020. Recent 2019 Navona Records releases include In Passages – violin soloist and string orchestra and Full Circle – cello soloist and orchestra. Her 2016 solo orchestral album, DREAM VAPORS, received wide critical acclaim.