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

Knight Foundation Blog – The Hope of Loving

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation featured a review of Seraphic Fire’s recent premiere of “The Hope of Loving.” “The Hope of Loving,” a fresh, accessible piece accompanying six passages from Daniel Ladinsky’s anthology, “Love Poems from... read more

Palm Beach ArtsPaper Review – The Hope of Loving

The Palm Beach ArtsPaper ran a glowing review of Seraphic Fire’s world premiere performance of “The Hope of Loving.” The United States has a long, rich choral music tradition that extends from the Moravians to William Billings, from spirituals to... read more

Miami Herald Review – The Hope of Loving

The Miami Herald gave a glowing review of “The Hope of Loving” commissioned by Seraphic Fire. The world premiere performance was “taught and moving” and “bears repeated hearings.” Read the full review here. Classical review:... 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

Latest Recordings

Recent Videos

Spirited Light (SATB choir)

Dreams of the Fallen , interview

Dreams of the Fallen (rehearsal excerpt)

Nyon Nyon (SATB choir)