Christina Rusnak

Christina Rusnak (b. 1959) is a multifaceted composer whose work reflects a diversity of styles. Actively seeking to integrate artistic and geographic elements into her work, her goal is to compose music that engages the performers as well as the audience.

She has been awarded the Paul Loomis and David M. Schimmel Memorial Composition scholarships and the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership. ERM Media selected her piece Cloudburst for the Masterworks of the New Era series. Rusnakís essay, published by WanderingScholars.org in 2009, explores cultural history in Brent Phelpsí “On the Trail” photographic series. Most recently she premiered 161 Glass, commissioned by the Dallas Contemporary for their new art space.

Rusnak began composing early, and after receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from UNT, she continued composing while managing increasing responsibilities at a major retailer. With a Masterís Degree in Composition and a minor in Art History from the University of North Texas, she has worked with the Dallas Contemporary coordinating their New Sounds sound art series, with Orchestra 2001 in a management consulting capacity, and most recently founded the Dallas Composers Workshop. She has studied composition with Cindy McTee, David Bithell and Christopher Morgan.

Albums

Big Round Sound

Big Round Sound Vol. 1

Release Date: July 10, 2015
Catalog Number: BR8942
20th Century
21st Century
Chamber
Jazz
Guitar
Harp
Piano
Big Round Record's first installment of its compilation series, BIG ROUND SOUND VOL. 1, presents a deep cross-section of the label's contemporary and eclectic catalog. From jazz and world music to folk, fusion, and progressive rock, this album features performances by Tony R. Clef, the Oscuro Quintet, Andy Jaffe and Branford Marsalis, Sophie Dunér, the Larksong Trio, Anne Vanschothorst, Juan Álamo, Jean-Philippe Grégoire, and more in works by Christina Rusnak, Svjetlana Bukvich, Sebastiano Meloni, Ecco La Musica, Bunny Beck, and others.
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Chat Chill Highline

Chat Chill Highline

Release Date: November 11, 2014
Catalog Number: BR8937
21st Century
Jazz
Big Band
On her debut Big Round Records release, CHAT CHILL HIGHLINE, composer Christina Rusnak presents works arranged for big band and large jazz ensemble, illustrating manners in which we interact with others and our environments such as conversing, observing, and absorbing. Composed during the rising popularity of internet chatrooms, Chat reflects on the energy and the sounds of movement, the multitude of voices, and the interweaving of conversations created in virtual and real social gatherings.
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