Christina Rusnak

Christina Rusnak
Based in Portland, OR

“I strive to compose music that reflects my human experience. As an avid hiker, passionate about landscape, I’m voraciously curious about the world around me—how the earth formed, how people lived and how they expressed themselves and their world through music and art. My premise is that landscape shapes who we are.”


Christina Rusnak is a multifaceted composer and explorer whose work reflects a diversity of styles and points of view. Passionate about Landscape, Geography and Art as an expression of human experience, she actively seeks to integrate facets of all of these into her work. Her goal is to compose music that engages the performers and, hopefully, the audience.

Cloudburst, released in 2007 launched Ms. Rusnak’s musical exploration of place and space. An avid hiker, she has explored many of our Parks and Wilderness areas. Her Landscape Music has included Free Land in 2012, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act, and four pieces celebrating distinct natures of Denali and Yukon Charley National Park and Preserve. Canyon Voices was composed for Oregon State Parks’ Cottonwood Canyon and the John Day River. Going Rogue resulted from a trek along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. The Life of Ashes commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Ms. Rusnak was selected as Artist in Residence at North Cascades National Park, Stehekin, 2014.

Ms. Rusnak also works with communities and organizations to bring music, culture, and heritage into public spaces. Her recordings are available on ERM and Parma Recordings.

Audio Samples

The Life of Ashes (2014) for flute,percussion, and viola. Recorded live by Janet Bebb, Brian Gardiner, and Christopher Fotinakis, 2014.

“Interpreting the language of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the piece explores the natural process of life, death and rebirth through the lens of a 2012 fire that searingly ravaged part of Mount Adams in Washington State.”

Excerpt from Cloudburst (1998) for percussion and strings. Recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra.

“This piece embodies a Texas summer rainstorm.”

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