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.