I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been awarded as a 2017 McKnight Fellow!

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The American Composers Forum (ACF) today announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Fellowships for Composers, funded by The McKnight Foundation. These awards, which include $25,000 in unrestricted funds for each recipient, acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition. The four fellows were chosen from a pool of 55 applicants. In another McKnight funded program, two artists from outside Minnesota have been selected as the McKnight Visiting Composers. Each receives $15,000 to spend a minimum of two months in Minnesota pursuing a self-designed community residency project. This year’s panelists were composer/performers Fang Man (Irmo, SC), Marilyn Shrude (Bowling Green, OH), and Ken Field (Boston, MA).

Jake Runestad

Jake Runestad is an award-winning and frequently-performed composer of “highly imaginative” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald) musical works. Having collaborated with leading ensembles and organizations around the world, Jake has a versatile and prolific career creating works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chorus, chamber ensembles, and opera. His visceral music and charismatic personality have fostered a busy schedule of commissions, residencies, workshops, and speaking engagements, enabling him to be one of the youngest full-time, independent composers in the world. He has received commissions and performances from Washington National Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, VocalEssence, The Singers, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, and many more. Considered a “choral rockstar” by American Public Media, Jake is one of the most frequently performed and commissioned composers of choral music, having “…a particular knack for marrying powerful music to texts that speak to some of the most pressing and moving issues of our time” (Star Tribune). Jake Runestad holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. He also received a life-changing mentorship from acclaimed composer Libby Larsen. A native of Rockford, IL, Mr. Runestad is currently based in Minneapolis, MN and his music is published by JR Music. Find out more at: JakeRunestad.com