Artistic Directors

Jake Runestad

Artistic Director

Considered “one of the best of the younger American composers” (Chicago Tribune), EMMY®-winning and GRAMMY®-nominated composer and conductor Jake Runestad has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and organizations such as VOCES8, Washington National Opera, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Chorus of Korea, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Dallas Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale. “The Hope of Loving, the first album dedicated to Jake’s choral music, recorded by Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, received a 2020 GRAMMY® award nomination. In 2019, Jake became one of the youngest composers ever awarded the prestigious Raymond C. Brock commission by the American Choral Directors Association, for which he wrote the ground-breaking, dramatic work “A Silence Haunts Me.”

Known for his refined artistry, and imaginative and inspirational leadership, Jake is in-demand as a conductor with ensembles of all levels. Recent and up-coming conducting engagements include Carnegie Hall, Cadogan Hall (London), VOCES8, the Florida All-State Chorus, and festivals in Canada, Europe, Central America, and across the USA. Dubbed a “choral rockstar” by American Public Media, Jake is one of the most frequently performed composers in the world and has traveled to work with ensembles on all but one continent. 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.

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