I’m honored to have been awarded the 2019 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Since 1991, ACDA awards the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission to “a recognized composer to write a choral composition... GRAMMY-winning professional choir, Conspirare will be recording the first full album of my music! Led by conductor Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is one of the finest professional choirs in the world. I will be in Austin, Texas in rehearsals with Craig and... Jake Runestad’s “Dreams of the Fallen”, for piano, chorus, & orchestra, is the feature of a Memorial Day special broadcast nationwide to honor those who have served in the military. Listen to the special on your local NPR station or stream the... The renowned professional choir, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, just released their newest album including “Reflections,” a work they commissioned from me last season. Listen to the new recording on iTunes, Spotify, etc. #PleaseStay is an anthem for hope and suicide prevention — an attempt to destigmatize mental illness and challenge all of us to support those who are battling depression and thoughts of suicide. We just launched a new music video for the piece! This performance... I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been awarded as a 2017 McKnight Fellow! More information about the award is available here: The American Composers Forum (ACF) today announced the recipients of this years McKnight Fellowships for Composers, funded by... From Classical Minnesota Public Radio: As choral singers know, the stretch of weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving finds choirs buckling down to rehearse music for fast-approaching Christmas concerts usually in too few hours, at the busiest time of the... 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 here: Anne Midgette, of the Washington Post, reviewed Jake Runestad and David Johnston’s new opera, “Daughters of the Bloody Duke.” “And I was thoroughly amused, as I was meant to be, by Daughters of the Bloody Duke. The composer Jake... Check out about Dreams of the Fallen. Two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble released their new album, “Reincarnations,” featuring the world premiere recording of “Fear Not, Dear Friend.” The renowned Virginia Arts Festival has joined the commission for Dreams of the Fallen – my newest work for solo piano, chorus, and orchestra. Located in the Norfolk/Williamsburg/Virginia Beach area, the Virginia Arts Festival has a rich history of bringing some...The has officially joined the consortium of orchestras for Dreams of the Fallen – a new work for solo piano, choir, and orchestra by composer Jake Runestad. The orchestra, led by conductor Matthew Oberstein, will perform the work during their 2014 concert...The Rockford Register Star, of Rockford, IL, featured an interview about my current and upcoming projects as well as my experiences living in Perú. Click here to read an article in the NY Times about my latest project Dreams of the...The Grammy-nominated professional choir, , has commissioned me for a set of three carols (new works, not arrangements) for their critically-acclaimed Christmas concerts this coming winter. Commission Open to All Choirs We have decided to open this commission to a...My teacher and mentor has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music for his opera “Silent Night,” with libretto by Mark Campbell. “…Commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12, 2011, Silent Night is a...My new setting of “How Can I Keep From Singing?,” commissioned by soprano Elisabeth Slaten, will premiere tomorrow (April 13) at 8pm in Griswold Hall at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Watch an interview about the work here: ... I was recently asked to be a guest blogger on Polyphonic.org – the national forum for orchestral musicians. Below is my first blog post that you can find on www.polyphonic.org: Composer’s Corner with Jake Runestad It is a pleasure to be a...Seraphic Fires recent 10th Anniversary performance received a glowing review in the South Florida Classical Review. Included is my work I Will Lift Mine Eyes. . My choral work, I Will Lift Mine Eyes, is now featured on the Composers and Schools in Concert website. See here for more information: http://composersandschools.com/index.php/score-rental-library-information.html ...A review by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun from Sunday’s performance of my “As Rain to the Sea.” Congrats Lee Mills, Lisa Perry, and orchestra! Click here: Acclaimed pianist Michael Sheppard recently performed in the orchestra for my piece, “As Rain to the Sea,” for soprano and orchestra conducted by Maestro Lee Mills. After the performance, Michael was inspired to create the following improvisation:Choral Arts (Seattle), under the direction of Dr. Robert Bode, recently performed my choral piece “I will lift mine eyes” during their Pure Sound concert series. I just received the recording and it is FANTASTIC! What an excellent...“Mechanical Minds” was commissioned by Bill Nerenberg for the Baltimore Concerto Orchestra. About the piece: “Mechanical Minds” realizes the virtuosic potential of an orchestra as the players whirl through an array of industrial soundscapes. ...My choral piece, “I Will Lift Mine Eyes,” is officially published by Boosey & Hawkes! See here to purchase: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/I-Will-Lift-Mine-Eyes/19507385The Great Debate Growing up a saxophone-playing band geek, I witnessed first hand the instrumentalist versus vocalist warfare from the front lines…and at times participated myself! Even though I have sung my whole life, I first joined a choir my sophomore year...Check out this great article in the Peabody Magazine about the Composition department: http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/4293 If you click on the picture of the composers you can hear some of their music. Dr. Kevin Puts is my teacher. Enjoy!