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Deadline nears for Young Composers Competition

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BLUE HILL, Maine — Entries to the annual Young Composers Competition are due on Feb. 10. All Maine students high school age and younger who have an interest in composing original music are eligible for the competition.

Bagaduce Music Lending Library in Blue Hill has been holding this competition since 1996 to encourage the youths of Maine to express their creativeness and imagination through music. All musical styles from classical to rock and anything in between are welcome.

Entries are grouped by age.  Category I is age 13 and younger; and Category II is age 14 through high school. Three cash prizes are awarded in each age group: $200, $125, and $75. All participants receive a Certificate of Award and a written critique of their composition from a panel of expert judges.

Complete guidelines and entry forms are available on the BMLL’s website, Click on the “Events” link for the information. Mail submissions to Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Atten: Young Composers, P.O. Box 829, Blue Hill 04614.  If you want to contact the library, call 374-5454 or e-mail

The final event of the competition is a Young Composers Festival on April 26, in Blue Hill. Young composers, their families and music teachers are invited. The purpose of this Festival is to give the young composers an opportunity to perform their composition, to meet one another, and to discuss their compositions individually with the distinguished judges.

All compositions submitted to the competition will become part of the Music Library’s Maine Collection. This official state archive contains nearly 3,000 works by Maine lyricists and composers, including pieces by R.B. Hall, Frank Churchill, Werner Torkanowsky, Walter Piston, and Noel Paul Stookey.