#PleaseStay — music for suicide prevention

#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...
2017 McKnight Fellow

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: 2017 McKnight Fellowships The American Composers Forum (ACF) today announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Fellowships for...
Living With A Genius Podcast

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...
Find Your Forte Podcast

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...
IFCM Interview

IFCM Interview

I had a lovely interview with the International Federation for Choral Music and Cara Tasher about my work, my creative process, and how I got my start as a composer. Check out the interview below.     Full Text: His music in one word: Relevant. Jake Runestad, composer...
Choir Chat Podcast

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...
Star Tribune Feature

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.
Featured in IFCM Journal

Featured in IFCM Journal

I am honored to have been featured in IFCM’s International Choral Bulletin in an article entitled “After Eric: New American Composers After 1980.” You can read the article...
Review in Gramophone

Review in Gramophone

Gramophone Magazine, one of the leading music publications in the world, featured a review of Seraphic Fire’s latest album, Reincarnations, including my “Fear Not, Dear Friend.” Check out the review...
Washington Post Review

Washington Post Review

Anne Midgette, of the Washington Post, reviewed Jake Runestad and David Johnston’s new opera, “Daughters of the Bloody Duke.” “And I was thoroughly amused, as I was meant to be, by “Daughters of the Bloody Duke.” The composer Jake Runestad and...
Dreams of the Fallen Review

Dreams of the Fallen Review

The Rock River Times published this review of Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s recent performance of my Dreams of the Fallen: “The score threads its way elegantly through the psychological twists and turns of the chaos of war and the soul-numbing confusion...
Washington Nat’l Opera Commission

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

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

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...
YNYC Grand Prize Winner!

YNYC Grand Prize Winner!

I’m thrilled to announce I was awarded the Grand Prize in the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus 2014 Composer Competition! My winning work, “The Peace of Wild Things,” is a setting of a gorgeous poem by Wendell Berry. Listen and view the score...
Voted #12 on MPR’s Choral Countdown!

Voted #12 on MPR’s Choral Countdown!

“I Will Lift Mine Eyes” was voted #12 on Minnesota Public Radio’s Choral Countdown 2014. Click here for the MPR page. 1. Brahms: German Requiem 2. Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium 3/4. Handel: Messiah 3/4. Gawthrop: Sing Me to Heaven 5. Bach: B Minor...
Craig Hella Johnson & VAE Premiere

Craig Hella Johnson & VAE Premiere

Renowned conductor Craig Hella Johnson and the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble will give the world premiere of “Why the Caged Bird Sings” – a work they commissioned for Craig’s first season as artistic director. Click here to find out...
Seraphic Fire Commission

Seraphic Fire Commission

Two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire has been awarded a large grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music to commission Jake Runestad for a substantial new work for voices and string orchestra. Learn more...