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.


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...

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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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Miami Herald Review – The Hope of Loving

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." Classical review: Seraphic Fire excels in Schubert, new work Seraphic Fire’s...

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Critical Acclaim for Dreams of the Fallen

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...

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Star Tribune Feature

The Twin Cities newspaper, the Star Tribune, featured an article on Jake Runestad and his upcoming performance of "Dreams of the Fallen."

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Featured in IFCM Journal

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...

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