Jake Runestad

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.

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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”

Opera News, 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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Knight Foundation Blog – The Hope of Loving

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation featured a review of Seraphic Fire's recent premiere of "The Hope of Loving." “The Hope of Loving,” a fresh, accessible piece accompanying six passages from Daniel Ladinsky’s anthology, “Love Poems from God,” renderings of...

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Palm Beach ArtsPaper Review – The Hope of Loving

The Palm Beach ArtsPaper ran a glowing review of Seraphic Fire's world premiere performance of "The Hope of Loving." The United States has a long, rich choral music tradition that extends from the Moravians to William Billings, from spirituals to Morten Lauridsen. And...

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