The Bagaduce Music Lending Library has announced the results of its 18th Annual Young Composers’ Competition & Festival. Twenty-seven young composers from across the state of Maine submitted original compositions for review by a team of expert judges. Winners were announced and awarded cash prizes at the Young Composers’ Festival April 26.

The young composers presented with awards include Lucas Fischer of Rockland. Fischer won first place in Category I (age 7 to 13) for his composition “Anastasia’s Piece,” written for piano; second place went to Kyra Teboe of Brunswick for “It’ll Come With Time,” written for drum set, electric bass, piano and vocal; third place went to Soren Nyhus of Waterville, Maine for “Piano Sonata no. 1, mov. 2,” written for piano; and honorable mention went to Milo Lani-Caputo of Whitefield for “Hershey Bars Glow in the Dark.”

In Category II (age 14 through high school), first place went to Evan Moore of Portland for “Misery (Fading Memory),” written for piano; second place went to Phillip Wright of Ellsworth for “The Eclipse,” written for flute, alto sax, clarinet and trumpet; third place went to Samantha Barry of Cumberland for “Whelan’s Waltz,” written for piano; and honorable mention went to Tonia Reiter of Manchester for “Life Prayer,” written for four-part voice and piano.

At the 18th annual Young Composers’ Festival, all participating young composers performed their original works for an audience of nearly 100 people. All young composers were recognized for their accomplishment and given free membership to the Bagaduce Music Lending Library. During the festival, the young composers had the opportunity to meet and discuss their compositions with each of the three distinguished judges — Beth Wiemann, Robert Bahr and Fred Goldrich, who served as head judge. This year’s keynote speaker was Liza Rey, a harpist, singer, songwriter and accomplished musician. She engaged the young composers in an entertaining presentation and music workshop.

Launched in 1996, the Young Composers’ Competition encourages students to create new works and develop their composing and notation skills. It also provides them with valuable feedback from professional musicians.  All submissions become part of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s esteemed Maine Collection.

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, was formed in 1983 to provide music-library access to performers and music lovers nationwide, regardless of affiliation. The library’s mission is to collect, preserve and share printed music and scores; and to promote music education. Along with the Young Composers’ Competition & Festival, the Music Library is host to the Blue Hill Pops Concert every July 3, a summer-season Downeast tradition. For more information, contact Martina Herries, the library’s executive director, at 374-5454 or

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