Jake Runestad Visiting Wooster for a Composer Residency on March 28-29

Wooster Chorus to be joined by Loudonville High School Symphonic Choir for special concert on Wednesday

24 March, 2017 by Hugh Howard

WOOSTER, Ohio – Jake Runestad, an award-winning and frequently-performed composer of music for orchestra, choir, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and opera, will be at The College of Wooster on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28-29, for a residency. Highlighting his stay will be a concert with the Wooster Chorus and guest Loudonville High School Symphonic Choir, set to take place on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). The concert is free and open to the public.

Wednesday’s performance features the music of living composers, including two works by Runestad himself – “Spirited Light” and “Please Stay.” The latter was commissioned this year by the Ohio Choral Directors Association and is intended to open conversations and bring greater awareness to suicide prevention. “The Wooster Chorus is honored to be one of the collegiate ensembles premiering this new work,” said Lisa Wong, an associate professor of music and director of the Wooster Chorus.

Runestad, who will also give two private composition lessons to Wooster students Victoria Peacock ’17 and Emily Schwitzgebel ’18 during his residency, produces musical works often considered “highly imaginative” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald). One of the youngest full-time composers in the world, he has already received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and organizations such as the Washington National Opera, the Netherlands Radio Choir, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and as a conductor, he has upcoming appearances at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. The Minneapolis-based Runestad holds a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.