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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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... read more

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... read more

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


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