ACDA-MN Star of the North Interview

ACDA-MN Star of the North Interview

The ACDA-MN publication Star of the North has featured an interview with Jake Runestad regarding his recent commission for the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Women’s Choir. The new piece, Sing Wearing the Sky, will be performed in August of...
SPNN Forum Interview

SPNN Forum Interview

The Saint Paul News Network featured an interview with Jake Runestad about his collaboration with 14-year-old poet Warda Mohamed on a new work – an exploration of the immigrant experience. Watch here:   Watch the full performance of “We Can Mend the...
YNYC Grand Prize Winner!

YNYC Grand Prize Winner!

I’m thrilled to announce I was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2014 Composer Competition! My winning work, “The Peace of Wild Things,” is a setting of a gorgeous poem by Wendell Berry. Listen and view the score here!
Voted #12 on MPR’s Choral Countdown!

Voted #12 on MPR’s Choral Countdown!

“I Will Lift Mine Eyes” was voted #12 on Minnesota Public Radio’s Choral Countdown 2014. 1. Brahms: German Requiem 2. Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium 3/4. Handel: Messiah 3/4. Gawthrop: Sing Me to Heaven 5. Bach: B Minor Mass 6. Mozart: Requiem 7/8....
Seraphic Fire Commission

Seraphic Fire Commission

Two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire has been awarded a large grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music to commission Jake Runestad for a substantial new work for voices and string orchestra. .

New Recording of I Will Lift Mine Eyes

The two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire has released a new self-titled recording featuring my choral work The recording is available on iTunes and debuted at number 9 on the iTunes Classical charts! Click here to purchase on iTunes.  ...
Awarded 2013 Raabe Prize

Awarded 2013 Raabe Prize

  I’m honored to announce that I have been awarded the 2013 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Music from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians for my work Nada Te Turbe for choir. The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical...

Debut at Carnegie Hall

I am delighted to announce that the University of South Florida Chamber Singers, under the Grammy-nominated conductor Dr. James Bass, will perform my during a concert at Carnegie Hall with the National Festival Chorus on February 25. More information: Carnegie Hall...

Seraphic Fire Commission

Miami-based professional choral ensemble, , has commissioned three new works for their Grammy-nominated Christmas concerts this winter. They will be performing the works during eight concerts in the Miami area beginning December 9. New Works: Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep...

Selected for Essentially Choral Reading with VocalEssence

My has been selected as a winner for the Essentially Choral Reading Session with and conductor Philip Brunelle.  In collaboration with the American Composers Forum, this 3-day event includes professional development sessions, mentoring meetings, and a final...