Finalist for the YNCY Competition!

I’m honored to have been selected as a finalist for the YNYC’s Competition for Young Composers! I will be writing a new work for this wonderful ensemble and attending the premiere in New York City in June of 2014. Find out more here.  ...

Nada Te Turbe – new recording!

The National Lutheran Choir has just released their latest album, “Sheer Grace,” featuring my Nada Te Turbe which won the 2013 Raabe Prize. Click here to purchase on iTunes.   Listen here:    ...

Performance at Chorus America

Choral Arts (Seattle), under the direction of Robert Bode, performed my I Will Lift Mine Eyes at the Chorus America National Conference in Seattle on June 14 at the St. James Cathedral.  ...

New Recording of I Will Lift Mine Eyes

The two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire has released a new self-titled recording featuring my choral work I Will Lift Mine Eyes. The recording is available on iTunes and debuted at number 9 on the iTunes Classical charts! Click here to purchase on...
Awarded 2013 Raabe Prize

Awarded 2013 Raabe Prize

  I’m honored to announce that I have been awarded the 2013 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Music from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians for my work Nada Te Turbe for choir. The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work...

Debut at Carnegie Hall

I am delighted to announce that the University of South Florida Chamber Singers, under the Grammy-nominated conductor Dr. James Bass, will perform my I Will Lift Mine Eyes during a concert at Carnegie Hall with the National Festival Chorus on February 25. More...

Seraphic Fire Premiere Performances

I had the pleasure of attending several performances of the new works I wrote for the two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire this past weekend (read more about the pieces here). This fully-professional group is absolutely stunning and the majority of...
Virginia Arts Festival Joins Commission

Virginia Arts Festival Joins Commission

The renowned Virginia Arts Festival has joined the commission for Dreams of the Fallen – my newest work for solo piano, chorus, and orchestra. Located in the Norfolk/Williamsburg/Virginia Beach area, the Virginia Arts Festival has a rich history of bringing some...

Seraphic Fire Commission

Miami-based professional choral ensemble, Seraphic Fire, has commissioned three new works for their Grammy-nominated Christmas concerts this winter. They will be performing the works during eight concerts in the Miami area beginning December 9. New Works: Sleep,...

Commission from Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire

The Grammy-nominated professional choir, Seraphic Fire, has commissioned me for a set of three carols (new works, not arrangements) for their critically-acclaimed Christmas concerts this coming winter. Commission Open to All Choirs We have decided to open this...

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” Interview

My new setting of “How Can I Keep From Singing?,” commissioned by soprano Elisabeth Slaten, will premiere tomorrow (April 13) at 8pm in Griswold Hall at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Watch an interview about the work here:  ...
Polyphonic.org Guest Blogger Post 1

Polyphonic.org Guest Blogger Post 1

I was recently asked to be a guest blogger on Polyphonic.org – the national forum for orchestral musicians.  Below is my first blog post that you can find on www.polyphonic.org:   Composer’s Corner with Jake Runestad It is a pleasure to be a guest blogger...

Lunar Ensemble Concert article

The upcoming Lunar Ensemble concert, featuring the premiere of my “The Soul, Like the Moon,” was featured in an article in the JHU Gazette. See the article here: Lunar Ensemble Concert          ...

Kickstarter = Goal Met!

We have officially met (and exceeded) our goal on the Dreams of the Fallen Kickstarter Project!  Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this project possible through your generous donations.  We still have time left to raise more funding – see here to find...

Selected for Essentially Choral Reading with VocalEssence

My Lux Aeterna has been selected as a winner for the Essentially Choral Reading Session with VocalEssence and conductor Philip Brunelle.  In collaboration with the American Composers Forum, this 3-day event includes professional development sessions, mentoring...

Baltimore Sun Review – As Rain to the Sea

A review by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun from Sunday’s performance of my “As Rain to the Sea.” Congrats Lee Mills, Lisa Perry, and orchestra! Click here: Weekend review: Pro Musicia Rara, conductor Lee Mills, composer Jake Runestad...

Choral Arts (Seattle) recent performance

Choral Arts (Seattle), under the direction of Dr. Robert Bode, recently performed my choral piece “I will lift mine eyes” during their Pure Sound concert series.  I just received the recording and it is FANTASTIC!  What an excellent group of voices and a...