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A visit with Jake

A couple weeks ago, we tracked down Jake Runestad, home for a few short days in his Uptown condo. It was a great pleasure--Jake is relaxed, warm, articulate, passionate, upbeat. Jake is IN DEMAND as composer and clinician--over the weekend he was in NYC having his music conducted by Anton Armstrong in Carnegie Hall. This week he's resident composer with Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, OR (the OTHER CAE). Then a stop as clinician at University of Washington Choral Festival, followed by UW-LaCrosse residency, then on to Chicago Composers Orchestra at the beginning of May! Jake's fresh and unique choral writing is understandably popular and widely performed around the country and around the

Comments in cars about composers

Classical MPR host Steve Staruch, videographer Andy Buchholz and I spent the last two Saturdays driving around the Twin Cities. Our goal--to find and interact with choral composers in their native habitats. Turns out it's pretty easy--this is CHOIR COUNTRY, and choral composers are thriving in this favorable environment. We talked to Dominick Argento, Jake Runestad, Libby Larsen, J David Moore, Jerry Rubino, Craig Carnahan, and Carol Barnett. Lots of insights into their personalities, formative experiences, compositional "process," and the specific pieces from each that we will be singing this May. We'll be sharing some highlights on our website and on Facebook posts, and we'll have a "vi

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