2018 Young Composers Festival

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library's 22nd annual Young Composers Festival was held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at The Bay School in Blue Hill, Maine.  14 of the 17 Maine students who submitted their original compositions were on hand to perform their pieces, and cash prizes of $200, $125 and $75 were awarded to the following students:   
In Category I - Ages 13 and Younger: First Place was awarded to Cedar Ellis of Seal Cove for "Multicultural March", written for winds, strings and percussion.  Second Place went to Charlie Picone of Bangor for his piano piece "Nocturne in C".  Third Place was a tie - given to both Edward Choi of Bar Harbor for "Oasis", written for flute, clarinet, oboe, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, tenor drum, congas, cymbals and tambourine and to Taylor Ehrlich of Bar Harbor for "Ancient River", written for piano, ukulele, flute, trumpet, bongos, cymbals and wood blocks.  
In Category II - Ages 14 to 18: First Place was awarded to Vernon Wells of Ocean Park for his piece "Alive With Color", written for flute, clarinets, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet, Fr. horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and percussion. Second Place was given to Andrew Schaeffer of Portland for his piano piece "The Undulating Waltz".  Third Place went to Samuel Norbert of Wells for his composition "Fly", written for piano and treble voice.  
The keynote speaker, violinist Ryu Mitsuhashi, gave a very entertaining and instructional presentation.  A graduate of the pre-college division of the Julliard School, Mitsuhashi received her BA and MA in music from the University of Maine.  Along with performing and teaching classical violin, Mitsuhashi also is a fiddler with the local folk fusion group Tough End String Band.  
The purpose of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library's Young Composers Competition and Festival is to foster and develop an interest in original music composition and notation among Maine students.