Jake Runestad

award-winning composer & conductor

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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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JR Music Store

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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

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Washington Nat’l Opera Commission

Washington National Opera has commissioned a new opera from Jake Runestad and librettist David Johnston. “Daughters of the Bloody Duke” will receive its premiere performance on November 21, 2014 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. “Daughters of...

ACDA-MN Star of the North Interview

The ACDA-MN publication Star of the North has featured an interview with Jake Runestad regarding his recent commission for the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Women’s Choir. The new piece, Sing Wearing the Sky, will be performed in August of 2014...

SPNN Forum Interview

The Saint Paul News Network featured an interview with Jake Runestad about his collaboration with 14-year-old poet Warda Mohamed on a new work “We Can Mend the Sky” – an exploration of the immigrant experience. Watch here:   Watch the full...

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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