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

Palm Beach ArtsPaper – Seraphic Fire

The Palm Beach ArtsPaper featured an article on Jake Runestad and his new work for Grammy-nomintaed vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire. Read the full article here.     Rather than hire a babysitter when they had choir practice at night, the parents of Jake... read more

Critical Acclaim for Dreams of the Fallen

The Star Tribune reviewed VocalEssence’s performance of Jake Runestad’s “Dreams of the Fallen.” Jake Runestad, a 29-year-old Illinois native who now lives in Minneapolis, composed “Dreams” on a text drawn from the much-acclaimed poetry of Brian... read more

Star Tribune Feature

The Twin Cities newspaper, the Star Tribune, featured an article on Jake Runestad and his upcoming performance of “Dreams of the Fallen.” Read the article here. read more

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

Latest Recordings

Recent Videos

Spirited Light (SATB choir)

Dreams of the Fallen , interview

Dreams of the Fallen (rehearsal excerpt)

Nyon Nyon (SATB choir)