UW Choral Festival








UW Spring Choral Festival of Excellence
Composers Workshop (see dates below for composers workshop)

Eric Barnum and Jake Runestad, Clinicians
Festival: Monday, April 23, 2018
Meany Hall, University of Washington Seattle Campus

With a Special Focus on Composition and Working with Living Composers!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Mail Registration Form and Check by March 15, 2018.



  • On-Stage Performance and Clinic with Eric or Jake
  • Off-Stage Workshops with the Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers, UW choral faculty
  • Group Choral masterclasses with Eric or Jake
  • Vocal masterclasses with UW Graduate Students in Choral Conducting
  • HD Video of your performance and clinic
  • HD Video feedback from each conductor
  • Written and verbal comments
  • Performances by UW Chamber Singers and University Chorale
  • Director’s luncheon with Jake, Eric, Giselle and Geoffrey and participating teachers

Cost $300*
*includes director’s luncheon
Register by March 15, 2018
Email Dr. Geoffrey Boers for more details: boersg@uw.edu

Register via mail by using the link above.
Make Checks Payable to:
UW School of Music, c/o Geoffrey Boers
Box 353450
Seattle, WA 98195-3450




Two workshop opportunities for you and your young composers 

Eric Barnum
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2-5 pm, University of Washington School of Music

Jake Runestad
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9:30-12:30 pm and 12:20-1:20 pm, UW School of Music
Reading through compositions with UW Chamber Singers

Enjoy this rare opportunity to have your original composition read by the professional-grade chorus, UW Chamber Singers, and receive feedback from internationally acclaimed composers!


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, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, and many more. 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. 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. Has 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: JakeRunestad.com.

A conductor and composer, Eric William Barnum continues to passionately seek new ground in the choral field.  Working with choirs of all kinds, his collaborative leitmotif endeavors to provide intensely meaningful experiences for singers and audiences.

Barnum is currently the Director of Choral Music at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.  He holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers.  He has an advanced degree in conducting from Minnesota State University (Mankato, MN), primary study with Dr. David Dickau, as well as BAs in Composition and Vocal Performance from Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN).  He has appeared as a conductor across the United States, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative minds in the choral field.

His voice and vision continues to gain popularity around the globe with performances from choirs internationally.  He composes for choral ensembles of all types, from professional to youth choirs, and has received numerous awards and prestigious grants such as a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship and a McKnight Foundation Grant.  He has also held residencies with such ensembles as Choral Arts (Seattle, WA), The Rose Ensemble (St. Paul, MN), Kantorei (Denver, CO), Magnum Chorum (Minneapolis, MN), Coro Vocal Artists (Tucson, AZ), as well as with many high schools and collegiate choirs. Find out more at http://www.ericwilliambarnum.com/.