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.
"Young composer seeks harmony in social justice themes" By Chris Hewitt When events overwhelm composer Jake Runestad, he responds the only way he knows how: with music. Minnesota-based Runestad and Magnum Chorum artistic director Mark Stover have created “Requiem: And...read more
During a visit to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Omar Crook for an interview on his podcast "Living With A Genius." Omar is a great guy and I love his approach to candid conversation. Have a...read more
Thank you to Ryan Guth for this interview on the Find Your Forte Podcast! Have a listen to this conversation in which we discuss the terrible love songs I wrote in high school, "hating" a composer's music, artistic interpretation, and I stick up for Randall Thompson...read more
I had a lovely interview with the International Federation for Choral Music and Cara Tasher about my work, my creative process, and how I got my start as a composer. Check out the interview below. Full Text: His music in one word: Relevant. Jake...read more
A video of the concert version (with piano reduction) of "Daughters of the Bloody Duke" is now available! This performance was produced in February of 2016 by the American Lyric Theater at National Sawdust in New...read more
New York, NY, April 1, 2016: ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, which encourage talented young creators of concert music. The composers will be recognized at the annual...read more