Bagaduce Music's 23rd Annual Young Composers Festival was held on Saturday, April 20 in Emlen Hall at the Bay School in Blue Hill, Maine. All Maine students who entered their original compositions in the 23rd Annual Young Composers Competition and their families were invited to attend this festival.
At the festival, the following prizes were awarded in two divisions:
Category I - Ages 13 and Younger
First Place - Evan Smith for his piece "Venice"
Second Place - Ryan Sweet for his piece "Red Knight"
Third Place - Silas Bartol for his piece "Snowfall"
Category II - Ages 14 and Older
First Place - Cedar Ellis for his piece "The Beaches of Green Water"
Second Place - Benjamin S. Walker for his piece "Every End Has a Beginning"
Third Place - Alexandra Augur her piece "Nocturne in G Minor"
Honorable Mention - Benjamin Rico for his piece "Nevermore"
In addition to being able to perform their original pieces in front of an audience, participants were be able to speak with the three judges about their compositions. Students were also invited to attend a Composition Workshop at the Bay School immediately following the festival.
The purpose of the Young Composers Competition is to foster and develop an interest in original music composition and notation among Maine students.