The hometown orchestra of Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy), the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in Illinois, has joined the consortium commission for Dreams of the Fallen– Runestad’s latest work for piano, choir, and orchestra setting texts by acclaimed poet and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner. Choral Arts in Seattle, under the direction of Robert Bode, has titled its opening concert after Runestad’s I Will Lift Mine Eyes. They will perform this work, as well as other A Cappella masterworks on Oct. 5 and 6. The Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble will also perform the work, conducted by Patrick Dupré Quigley on Oct. 6 and 7. Runestad has been selected to receive a commission from the American Choral Directors Associations of Minnesota and the Minnesota Music Educators Association for the 2014 All State Women’s Choir. He received a Faith Partners Grant of $10,000 from the American Composers Forum to create new sacred works. In September, Runestad began the residency, which will run for 18 months, in Morris, Minn., working with the Faith Lutheran Church and The Catholic Church of the Assumption of Mary to create six new choral works.