Release Date: August 14, 2020

Jake 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, VOCES8, the Swedish Radio Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and more. “The Hope of Loving,” the first album of Jake’s music, recorded by Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, was nominated for a GRAMMY award. Jake’s visceral music and charismatic personality have fostered a busy schedule of commissions, residencies, workshops, and speaking engagements, enabling him to be one of the youngest full-time composers in the world. 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. A native of Rockford, IL, Mr. Runestad is currently based in Minneapolis, MN and his music is published by JR Music. Find out more at:

About The Making of Sing, Wearing the Sky

This project was funded in part by Kantorei’s “30/30/30” campaign, a crowdfunding initiative which created a seed fund for the project. The Runestad project is Kantorei’s second professionally-produced recording. The project was recorded at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO by Grammy-award-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh and engineer Brandon Johnson, both  of Soundmirror.

“…This is an impressive ensemble, always precise and always well-blended.”
– Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine, July, 2018

“Maestro Rinsema’s Kantorei sounds gorgeous here.”
– Philip Greenfield, American Record Guide, July, 2018

“What finer advocates for his music could a composer have than these excellent singers of Kantorei?”
– David Vernier, Classics Today, April, 2018

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