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Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 11, 2017 and Island Ad-Vantages, May 11, 2017 and The Weekly Packet, May 11, 2017
Winners announced in Young Composers’ Competition

2017 Young Composers’ Festival

2017 Young Composers’ Festival attendees include the following: Front Row: Tynan Roth (New Gloucester), Silas Bartol (Manchester), Herschel Bach (Surry), Benjamin Rosenthal (Damarisoctta), Eleanor Kmack (Portland), Ryan Sweet (Bowdoinham). Middle Row: Heather Boyle (Bangor), Alexon Astbury (Brooksville), Abigail Adamo (Winterport), Lily Jaffray (Blue Hill), Samuel Norbert (Wells), Ved Jamadagni (Bangor). Back Row: Cedar Ellis (Seal Cove), Isabel Martin (Wells), Silas Bartol (Manchester), Duncan Birkbeck (Freeport).
Age Category II: Noah Brown (Freeport), Perrin Davidson (Freeport), Soren Nyhus (Waterville), Nicholas Parker (Hampden), Kyra Teboe (Brunswick), and Daniel Whitman (Bath).

Photo courtesy of Bagaduce Music Lending Library

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library recently announced the winners of its 21st Annual Young Composers’ Competition at its Young Composers’ Festival in Blue Hill. Three judges considered original compositions from 32 school-aged children from across Maine in two age groups: Category I—age 7 through 13 years and Category II—age 14 through high school.

Judges ranked the entries and selected a first, second, and third place winner in each category and awarded an honorable mention.

In Category I, the judges declared a three-way tie among Cedar Fulton Ellis, of Seal Cove, for “Boom,” for concert band and piano; Eleanor Kmack, of Portland, for “Owls Soaring In,” for piano, and Samuel Norbert, of Wells, for “China,” for piano. Grayson Frothingham, of Blue Hill, was awarded honorable mention for “Waitin’ on Merrin,” for drums.

In Category II, the judges awarded First Place to Kyra Teboe, of Brunswick, for her composition “Bright Eyes,” for piano, voice, bass, and drum set; Second Place to Soren Nyhus, of Waterville, for “Cello Sonata No. 2, mov. II,” for piano and cello; and Third Place to Perrin Davidson, of Freeport, for “The Mind in State,” for violin, viola, cello. Honorable Mention went to Noah Brown, of Freeport, for “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” for four-part voice.

The Young Composers’ Competition and Festival was made possible by a grant from the Bob Crew Foundation and donations from Steven Poulos, The Merle B. Grindle Agency, Sarah Fraley, Nina Mocniak Doak, and Mainescape Gardens.