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New Work: “Life Across the Sea”




Winona State University, MN


November 2022 – May 2023

Materials complete and available for performance by Fall 2023



Life Across the Sea: This new Grade 4-5 piece for Wind Ensemble, explores the connection between the environmental values of Nordic immigrants and the environmental ethos of Americans today.




Duration: 9-11 minutes

Grade 4-5

Buy-in $300

Final due date for buy-in: May 31, 2023

Score and Parts via PDF

Sent to Ensembles: August 31, 2023



Piccolo, Flute1-2, Oboes 1-2 (dbl. English Horn), B-Flat Clarinets 1-3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoons 1-2, Alto Saxophones 1-2, Tenor Sax., Baritone Sax., B-Flat Trumpets 1-3, Horns in F 1-4, Trombones 1-3, (dbl. Bass Trombone), Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, 4 Percussion, Timpani, Double Bass



All consortium members receive the following benefits

– Name of Consortium Institutions and Conductors listed in score and program notes.

– Right of ensemble to list themselves as consortium members giving premiere of work in all programs and announcements.

– Two Zoom meetings and/or web-rehearsals with the composer where conductors and ensemble members can join in on a conversation about the work as the piece progresses. I LOVE collaboration!!

– A full set of materials, score and parts via PDFs. Hard copy of Conductor Score (+$75)

– Short, recorded composer intro about the work to use for performances

– I, as composer, will make myself available to create a virtual residency that coincides with the premiere of the work. This can include pre-concerts talk about the work, or seminars with students. Please contact christina@christinarusnak.com if you’d like to arrange an in-person residency at an additional cost.

– Ensembles may become consortium members up to the premiere.


Buy-In Level $300

Payments made through Paypal HERE.

Or to send a check, please contact Christina at christina@christinarusnak.com



Previous Large Ensemble Works (see music page)















Hyas Tyee Təmwata 2018                              PASSAGE 2019                                     The South Pass 2021
 for: Grade 4-5 Wind Band                         for: Grade 5 Wind Band                        for: Grade 5 Chamber Orchestra