Uniquely among classical composers Rain Worthington discovered her voice as a composer and learned her art autodidactically. She began intuitively composing works for solo piano and performing them from memory. Later she taught herself musical notation and compositional forms. Her writing has been described in the IAWM Journal as “a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval modality and sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas—to capture components of the human experience.”
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
2021 orchestral performances included U.S. premieres of Shredding Glass and Within Deep Currents and European premieres of Within Deep Currents and In Passages. 2020 performances of her orchestral works featured Still Motion performed at Carnegie Hall and Yet Still Night at the TUTTI Festival. The former Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers, Worthington received 2020 commissions from violinist Audrey Wright and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Since 2010, Navona Records has released Worthington’s chamber and orchestral music, and her first solo orchestral album DREAM VAPORS (Navona, 2016) received wide critical acclaim.