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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Find Your Forte Podcast

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...

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IFCM Interview

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...

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Daughters of the Bloody Duke – video!

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...

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Winner of ASCAP’s 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Award

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...

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Opera News – “…the rare modern opera comedy”

Opera News, the publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, gave a glowing review of "Daughters of the Bloody Duke" in New York City. "But the afternoon’s highlight was Daughters of the Bloody Duke. Its librettist, David Johnston, described it as “yet another...

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Choir Chat Podcast

I had a delightful interview with John Hughes, the director of choral activities at Ripon College and host of the "Choir Chat" podcast, in which we cover topics like experimental vocal sounds, authentic relationships, and upcoming projects. Listen...

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