Young Composers Festival & Competition


Since 1995, our Young Composers Competition & Festival has provided students in Maine with a way to foster and develop an interest in original music composition and notation. The competition gives participants valuable feedback from professional musicians and provides them with a venue where they can meet other students who share their interest in composing.

New in 2019 was a Composition Workshop with professor and professional musician Mark Tipton of Bangor, Maine.

The deadline for submitting compositions to Bagaduce Music is Friday, January 31, 2020. Compositions are then forwarded to a panel of judges whose written comments are then shared with participating students at the festival in April. All are invited to perform at the Festival, held at the Congregational Church in Blue Hill from 10 to 1pm on Saturday, April 4th. Young composers and their families, along with music teachers are welcome to attend this celebration event. Participants will be invited to perform their original composition before a live audience. Cash prizes are awarded in two divisions, Category I (ages 13 and younger) and Category II (ages 14 and older). Lunch is provided.

At the conclusion of the Festival, a Composition Workshop will be held at 1:30 pm. Students are invited to stay and gain tips and insights about creating, scoring and editing a composition.

Bagaduce Music is excited to announce that the guest speaker for the 2020 Young Composers Festival will be renowned music educator and conductor Michael Butterman. Maestro Butterman currently serves as the Music Director for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

We look forward to seeing your composition!

On October 10, 2020, we will welcome Michael Butterman to Blue Hill for a presentation to young people interested in music composition. Following his keynote address, Boston-based Joshua Jandreau, composer and teacher, will lead an hour-long Composition Workshop to help students begin creating new compositions for the 2021 Young Composers Competition. As we get closer to the date, we will post details here about time and location

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