BLUE HILL, Maine — The 16th statewide Young Composers’ Festival, sponsored by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, was held April 14, in Emlen Hall at The Bay School in Blue Hill. Twenty-seven students from throughout the state of Maine submitted their original compositions for judging by professional musicians John Cooper, professor of music and composer in residence at College of the Atlantic; Fred Goldrich, director of the Bangor Concert Band; and Beth Weiman, a composer and professor of music at University of Maine. The 2012 Young Composers’ Competition and Festival was sponsored in part by Camden National Bank, The First and Tradewinds Marketplace.
In Category I, Young Composers Through Age 13, first place went to Samantha Berry of Windham for her piano composition “Dilemme des Roulettes: The Clockwork Dilemma”; second place was awarded to Kyra Teboe of Brunswick for “Paradise,” written for tenor saxophone, percussion, guitar, electric bass and piano; and third place was given to Ella Forbes of North Bridgton for her piano piece “Mirage.” Alex Ecker of Scarborough received honorable mention for “Changing Tides” for solo piano.
In Category II, Young Composers Age 14 Through High School, first place was awarded to Christopher Staknys of Falmouth for his composition “The Pier,” written for clarinet, viola, cello and piano; second place went to Grace Jameson of Waldoboro for her piece for soprano, alto and piano titled “Past Days”; and third place awards were given to Hunter McKay of York for his saxophone quartet “Saxis of Evil” and Elliot Wallace of Hulls Cove for his composition for violin, soprano, tenor-baritone, piano and electric bass “Out of the Ashes.”