Come to the Woods

Chicago Tribune calls Jake Runestad "one of the best of the younger American composers.” Steeped in a belief that music has the power to initiate positive change,  Jake creates musical works that are socially conscious and explore authentic human emotions and experiences.

For the season finale, Jake will join Oregon Repertory Singers to conduct many of his most powerful works live in concert. Oregon Repertory Singers will also present music by young Oregonian composer Joshua Rist, and a variety of American folk songs as they prepare for their first international tour since 2017.

The downloadable program is available at

Come to the Woods video concert is approximately 90 minutes in length and was recorded on May 13, 2023.

We hope you enjoy!

The 2022-2023 Digital Concert Series is supported by:


Mission: Enriching our community through choral music.

Oregon Repertory Singers (ORS) is a premier choral arts 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1974. We consist of a 100-member professional-caliber adult choir, and an education and performance-based youth choir music program unmatched in the region for grades K–12, serving the greater Portland and SW Washington areas, established in 1994. ORS is known for its diverse programs, world premieres, and long history of engagement with major composers and directors throughout the local and world music scene. This commitment to engagement across cultural, ethnic, and social boundaries has resulted in rare and unique musical experiences for our Portland audiences, promoting cultural awareness and inclusion, and stimulating the city's cultural and economic landscape. We are committed to nurturing the singers, listeners, and supporters of this generation and the next!

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