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.
The Miami Herald gave a glowing review of "The Hope of Loving" commissioned by Seraphic Fire. The world premiere performance was "taught and moving" and "bears repeated hearings." Read the full review here. Classical review: Seraphic Fire excels in Schubert, new work...read more
The Star Tribune reviewed VocalEssence's performance of Jake Runestad's "Dreams of the Fallen." Jake Runestad, a 29-year-old Illinois native who now lives in Minneapolis, composed “Dreams” on a text drawn from the much-acclaimed poetry of Brian Turner, whose work...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson, has commissioned a new work for a world premiere in May of 2015. Incorporating texts by naturalist and conversationist John Muir, "Come to the Woods" explores human relationships with the...read more