Considered “one of the best of the younger American composers” (Chicago Tribune), award-winning composer and conductor Jake Runestad has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles such as VOCES8, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Washington National Opera, the Netherlands Radio Choir, Seraphic Fire, the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, the Pacific Chorale, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and a forthcoming all-Runestad album from Grammy-winning Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare.
His visceral music and charismatic personality have fostered a busy schedule of commissions, residencies, workshops, and conducting engagements, enabling him to share his passion for creativity, expressivity, and community with musicians around the world. He is one of the youngest composers ever awarded ACDA's prestigious Raymond W. Brock commission.
Dubbed a “choral rockstar” by American Public Media, Runestad is one of the most frequently performed composers in the world and has traveled to work with ensembles on all but one continent. He holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts.