Christina Rusnak | Music
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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Slices: A cross-section of small ensemble works.

Chat Chill Highline: New Jazz Classics.

Intersections: Cross Cultural Collaborations in Sound

Contemporary music. Local and international acts.
Breaking barriers. Bridging genres.

Chamber Ensemble

Canyon Voices

for: Flute, Clarinet, Marimba, Percussion, Violin & Cello

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for Marimba, Timpani, Vibraphone & Bass (or Cello)

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Coal Creek

for: Two Violins, Bass Clarinet & Marimba

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for: Viola, Trombone, Double Bass

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for: Flute, Trumpet, Violin, Cello, Marimba, Percussion

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Going Rogue

for French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone

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for: Chamber and Percussion Ensemble


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for Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Cello and Percussion

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for: Violins I & II, Oboe & Piano

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The Life of Ashes

for: flute, viola and percussion

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The Way Through

for: Clarinet, Marimba, Violin & Cello

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Tundra Tapestry

for: Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin

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for: Big Band

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for: 10 Piece Jazz Ensemble

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for: 10 Piece Jazz Ensemble

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for: Orchestra

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The Mountain Within

for: string orchestra

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for: Chamber Orchestra

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Dearly Beloved

for: Women’s A’Capella Choir

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Dearly Departed

for: Women’s A’Capella Choir

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Solo Works

Glacier Blue

for: Solo Cello

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for: Solo Piano

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Le Jardin Perdu

for: solo piano

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161 Glass

Percussion Quartet, Clarinet/Trombone 2010 ~ 18 min Commissioned by Dallas Contemporary, this three movement piece explores space, place, art and architecture, and the transition of those elements over time.


Duo for Cello and Double Bass 2010 ~ 3 min. Commissioned by Bottom Line Duo, the piece represents a witty and personal dialog.


Trio: Violin, Clarinet, Piano 2008 ~ 4:30 min Like an actual sunset, this trio explores the transformation of harmonic color

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Trio: Marimba, two Clarinets (or Violins), 2008 ~ 4 min Written for clarinetist, Michael Garman, the clarinets act out a playful duet over an improvisational marimba part, with only chord changes and density indications for the marimbist.

Fugue for Strings

String “Quartet” with Bass 2007 ~ 3 min Traditionally structured, this dynamic fugue diverges from tradition with 20th century language and the use of a single violin and the addition of the Double Bass.

Fanfare for Brass

Trumpets – 2, Trombones – 2, Tuba 2007 ~ 4 min A straight forward fanfare, this is appropriate for teenage performers


Trumpet, Mezzo Soprano, Piano 2000 ~ 13 min Set to the middle song of the poem, Three Songs for a Legend, by Irish poet Eavan Boland


Flute solo 2011 ~ 3 min Lyrical, this piece was composed for Houston flutist, Adriana Potoczniak


Piano Version 2009 ~ 4 min Like an actual sunset, this piano solo nuances the transformation of harmonic color

Nunc Dimittis

Organ solo 2007 ~ 4 min For evening service, this is an homage to Olivier Messiaen

Cancion del Barco

Flute solo 2004 ~ 3 min Using a six note row, this piece explores expression with limited resources


Piano solo 2003 ~ 3 min

Glacier Blue

Cello solo 2016; Broken into three movements, the piece concentrates on the physical elements that tie it together – the mountains, sky and water and the color blue.

Duration 13:45

Younger Performers
Through Fog

Piano solo 2007 ~ 4 min

Fanfare for Brass

Trumpets – 2, Trombones – 2, Tuba 2007 ~ 4 min

Small Organisms 1-3

Piano solo (also scored for strings) 2006, each piece ~ 2 min

Cancion del Barco

Flute solo 2004 ~3 min


Flute & Clarinet Duet 1998 ~ 3 min


The Unspoken Geography – Tape (Voice with Ambient Sounds) 2008 ~ 8 min Exploring three women’s stories and feelings of fear in public spaces, this is my most performed work; most recently in March 2013 at the UCFullerton’s Conference on Women and Voice

White Rock Morning

Tape 2006 ~ 8:30 min A morning’s evolutionary soundscape at Dallas’s White Rock Lake, this was most recently performed in October 2010 at the Dallas Contemporary

The Jar Collection

Ten Ordered Pieces 2007 ~ up to 10 min An aleatory piece for Mixed Ensemble