Jake Runestad (b. 1986, Rockford, Ill.) is an American composer
Considered “one of the best of the younger American composers” (Chicago Tribune), Jake Runestad 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. He has also studied extensively with acclaimed composer Libby Larsen.
Mr. Runestad is an award-winning and frequently-performed composer of “highly imaginative” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald) musical works. He has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and organizations such as Washington National Opera, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, and many more. Jake’s visceral music and charismatic personality have fostered a busy schedule of commissions, residencies, workshops, and speaking engagements.
Works for Winds
- Butler, Michael. "Rivers of Air." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 622-637. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
- Jake Runestad website Accessed 1 November 2018
- Zembower, Christian. "Let My Love Be Heard." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 405-416. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.