2016 Young Composers' Festival
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library's 20th Annual Young Composers' Festival was held on Saturday April 16th at Emlen Hall, at the Bay School in Blue Hill. The Festival was the culminating event of the Young Composers' Competition, which was open to all Maine students High School age and younger. Young musicians were invited to submit their original works for review by a jury of three professional musicians.
The young composers attending the festival had the opportunity to perform their compositions before an audience of their families and peers. They also were able to personally talk with the judges about their compositions. Grammy award-winning Maine pianist and composer Paul Sullivan was the festival keynote speaker.
Launched in 1996, the annual Young Composers' Competition and Festival encourages Maine students to create new works and develop their composing and notation skills. It also gives them valuable feedback from professional musicians and provides them with a venue where they can meet other students who share their interest in composing.
The 2016 Young Composers' Competition and Festival was funded in part by a generous grant from the Judson Foundation. The Music Library would like to thank Education Committee Chair Nina Mocniak Doak for all of her hard work making the festival a success.
In Category I (Age 13 and younger), the following winners were announced: First Place was awarded to Logan Peters from Falmouth for his piano composition "Hunting on a Full Moon". Second Place went to Cameron W. Stewart of Deer Isle for "Untitled", written for piano/keyboard. Third place was given to Lila Pebble Hays from Brooklin for her vocal piece "The Valley. And Honorable Mention went to Silas Bartol of Manchester for his organ composition "Ode to Joy and Variations".
In Category II (Ages 14 through High School), the following winners were announced: First Place was awarded to Hayden Stacki from Westbrook for his composition "Rail Rider" for flute or clarinet, bassoon, timpani, percussion and mallets. Second Place was given to Soren Nyhus from Waterville for "Passacaglia for violin I, violin II, viola, cello and piano". Third Place went to Samantha Barry of Windham for her piano piece "Prelude in C# Minor". And Honorable Mention was given to Ruby Ramsay from Hampden for "Bienvenue" a choral composition with piano accompaniment.