NEWS

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 the librettist David...

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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 that afflicts...

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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 the Bloody Duke"...

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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 at...

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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 performance of "We Can...

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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...

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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 Mass 6. Mozart:...

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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...

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