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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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." Read the full review here. Classical review: Seraphic Fire excels in Schubert, new work...

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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 work...

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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." Read the article here.

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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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Review in Gramophone

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...

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Grammy-winning Conspirare Commissions New Work

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...

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