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Christina Rusnak is a multifaceted composer whose work reflects a diversity of styles. Actively seeking to integrate geographic and artistic elements into her work, her goal is to compose music that engages the performers as well as the audience.
Christina Rusnak, Composer, Explorer, Music, Outdoors, Exploring with music
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Stehekin Artist in Residence Pt. 2

Stehekin Artist in Residence Pt. 2

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                The landscape is both breathtaking and formidable. The pinnacle hike, everyone told me, is Mount McGregor. The trail ascends 6500 vertical feet over 8.3 miles. Many make the trek an overnight one, but I decided to go as far as possible and back down in...

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50@50 Newport RI

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Newport is renowned for its audacious display of wealth, yachting, and its jazz festival. But there’s so much more to its current culture. The oldest tavern as well as the oldest lending library in America is here. As I researched, Newport’s vast and complex cultural...

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Stehekin, Artist in Residence Pt. 1

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[caption id="attachment_7940" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Mark Scherer, NPS[/caption] Taking the ferry, the terrain from Chelan to Stehekin morphs slowly. Our trip was obscured by low clouds and a brief shower. As it cleared, I felt like I’d gone through a hidden passage; the mountains...

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North Cascades National Park

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With Google Maps and real-time images available in a single click, the awe of surprise is waning - globally. This phenomenon is not all bad – knowing that my cabin’s stove will not require foraging for my own fuel source, or that my bedspread has...

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The Life of Ashes

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Title: Art of the Wild Location: Hood River, Oregon Link out: Click here Description: The performance of my piece "The Life of Ashes" explores the idea of natural process through the lens of the 2012 fire that ravaged part of Mt Adams. As the only aural artist of Art in the Wild,...

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Chat!

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Title: Parma Music Festival Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire Link out: Click here Description: The PARMA Music Festival is an annual celebration of  contemporary music, from classical and  jazz to electronic and rock.  The Festival brings together a diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen. The Festival  partners with local and international arts organizations...

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Contemporary Music Professionals

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How many blogs do you follow? Or LinkedIn threads? The volume of millions of us trying to ensure our voices are heard can be deafening!  An interesting thread I've followed on LinkedIn asked the question whether a composer must have a music composition degree in...

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50@50 Salem MA

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[caption id="attachment_1431" align="alignleft" width="300"] Witchcraft_at_Salem_Village[/caption] Salem Massachusetts conjures up…conjurers!  For better or worse, the worldwide perception of Salem – derived from the Hebrew word for Peace – is that of witches, spirits, evil and human judgment gone so very wrong. Truly, my first impression walking down...

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50@50 Franconia NH

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Landscape shapes culture, but the people who come from elsewhere create impose their own terms and names onto the landscape. It is so interesting how different waves of immigrants saw and named the landscape differently. Since I’m from the Midwest “Notch” was a new term...

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50@50 Portsmouth, NH

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I love attending music festivals – especially composer centric events where one can listen to 30-40 radically diverse new pieces from emerging and seasoned composers!  This year’s breadth of music was inspiring, motivating and also affirmed my creative work.  Crossing the continent to Portsmouth New...

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