Jake Runestad

award-winning composer & conductor

Washington Nat'l Opera Commission

World premiere at the Kennedy Center in November of 2014.
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New Recording

Grammy-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire releases world premiere recording of “Fear Not, Dear Friend.”
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Symphony Magazine

Featured article on Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen for solo piano, chorus, & orchestra.
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New York Times Feature

NY Times explores the cultural significance of Dreams of the Fallen, Jake’s newest work for piano, chorus, & orchestra.

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YNYC Prize

“The Peace of Wild Things” Wins YNYC Grand Prize!
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SPNN Forum Interview

Jake Runestad and Warda Mohamed interviewed on the Saint Paul Forum about their collaboration on We Can Mend the Sky.

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Dreams of the Fallen

Jake’s new work for piano, chorus, & orchestra receives national press.

“Now comes a trio of American artists who hope to create a major classical composition about war, based on the experiences of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

New York Times

“To be sure, the piano represents the character’s perspective. It is not like background music to a film score. The music reflects the soldier’s reactions and thoughts on the battlefield and which dwell incessantly within his dreams.”

Huffington Post

“…between Jake Runestad as a composer and Brian Turner’s experience as an Iraq War veteran, it was clear this work was going to say something very important…”

Symphony Magazine

Latest Recordings

Latest News

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...

WNIJ Interview

Check out this radio interview about Dreams of the Fallen.

New Recording!

Two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire released their new album, “Reincarnations,” featuring the world premiere recording of “Fear Not, Dear...

Recent Videos

Interview with Jake Runestad and Warda Mohamed on the Saint Paul Forum about their collaboration on We Can Mend the Sky.

Dreams of the Fallen (rehearsal excerpt)

Nyon Nyon (SATB choir)

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