Jake Runestad, composer & conductor

Jake Runestad

Jake Runestad is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, choir, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and opera. Having worked with leading ensembles around the world, he has established himself as a distinguished young composer of “highly imaginative” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald) musical works.

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Latest News

Featured in IFCM Journal

I am honored to have been featured in IFCM’s International Choral Bulletin in an article entitled “After Eric: New American Composers After 1980.” You can read the article... read more

Review in Gramophone

Gramophone Magazine, one of the leading music publications in the world, featured a review of Seraphic Fire’s latest album, Reincarnations, including my “Fear Not, Dear Friend.” Check out the review... read more

Grammy-winning Conspirare Commissions New Work

Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson, has commissioned a new work for a world premiere in May of 2015. Incorporating texts by naturalist and conversationist John Muir, “Come to the Woods” explores human... read more

Washington Post Review

Anne Midgette, of the Washington Post, reviewed Jake Runestad and David Johnston’s new opera, “Daughters of the Bloody Duke.” “And I was thoroughly amused, as I was meant to be, by “Daughters of the Bloody Duke.” The composer Jake Runestad and... read more

Dreams of the Fallen Review

The Rock River Times published this review of Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s recent performance of my Dreams of the Fallen: “The score threads its way elegantly through the psychological twists and turns of the chaos of war and the soul-numbing confusion... read more

Latest Recordings

Recent Videos

Spirited Light (SATB choir)

Dreams of the Fallen , interview

Dreams of the Fallen (rehearsal excerpt)

Nyon Nyon (SATB choir)