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.


IFCM Interview

I had a lovely interview with the 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 and conductor, is one of the leading...

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Daughters of the Bloody Duke – video!

A video of the concert version (with piano reduction) of "Daughters of the Bloody Duke" is now available! This performance was produced in February of 2016 by the American Lyric Theater at National Sawdust in New...

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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...

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Opera News – “…the rare modern opera comedy”

, the publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, gave a glowing review of "Daughters of the Bloody Duke" in New York City. "But the afternoon’s highlight was Daughters of the Bloody Duke. Its librettist, David Johnston, described it as “yet another...

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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...

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