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.


#PleaseStay — music for suicide prevention

#PleaseStay is an anthem for hope and suicide prevention — an attempt to destigmatize mental illness and challenge all of us to support those who are battling depression and thoughts of suicide. We just launched a new music video for the piece! This performance...

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2017 McKnight Fellow

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been awarded as a 2017 McKnight Fellow! More information about the award is available here: The American Composers Forum (ACF) today announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Fellowships for Composers, funded by...

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Please Stay: An Anthem for Hope and Suicide Prevention

Thank you to Classical 101/WOSU of Columbus for this interview about my upcoming premiere and residency at Capital University. Listen to the interview including discussion of my new work addressing depression and suicide prevention. Listen to the interview here.    ...

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Pioneer Press: Young Composer Seeks Harmony In Social Justice

"Young composer seeks harmony in social justice themes" By Chris Hewitt When events overwhelm composer Jake Runestad, he responds the only way he knows how: with music. Minnesota-based Runestad and Magnum Chorum artistic director Mark Stover have created...

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Living With A Genius Podcast

During a visit to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Omar Crook for an interview on his podcast "Living With A Genius." Omar is a great guy and I love his approach to candid conversation. Have a...

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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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