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.

Nada Te TurbeVoicing: SSAATTBB  Solo(s): Tenor, Bass  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:45  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Santa Teresa de Ávila  Language: Spanish  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Ascension, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Memorial Services  Descriptive Terms: Ethereal, Introspective, Meditation, Prayer, Sacred  First Performance: Dec 12, 2012: Seraphic Fire, Patrick Quigley, St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church - Miami, FL Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 211/212)
AlleluiaVoicing: SSAATTBB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Liturgical Latin  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Ascension, Christmas, Easter, Epiphany, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Saints’ Days  Descriptive Terms: Alleluia, Celebrate, Joy, Rejoice  First Performance: Feb 21, 2014: Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Brady Allred, Granada Theater, Santa Barbara, CA Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 211/214)
Fear Not, Dear FriendVoicing: SSATBB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 6:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Robert Louis Stevenson  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Memorial Services, National Holidays  Descriptive Terms: Comfort, Consolation, Hope, Struggle  First Performance: Dec 12, 2012: Seraphic Fire, Patrick Quigley, St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, Miami, FL Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 211/213)
And So I Go OnVoicing: SATB-SATB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 7:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Todd Boss  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Death, Grief, Loss, Moving On  First Performance: Feb 13, 2015: Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir, Jonathan Talberg, CalState Long Beach recital hall. Long Beach, CA. Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 211/953~2019-Q2)