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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 26, 2021
Bagaduce Music announces free virtual composition workshop
Offered via Zoom to Maine students

For 25 years, Bagaduce Music has offered a Young Composers Competition and Festival, whereby music students state-wide submit their original compositions for professional judging and prizes, and come to Blue Hill to perform their entries. Winning composers have also been invited to perform their pieces at Bagaduce Music’s annual Blue Hill Pops Concert. As with so many traditions, COVID-19 has forced the organization to reimagine their celebration and encouragement of musical excellence in our state. As a result, Bagaduce Music will offer a free virtual composition workshop for students in grades 4-12 on Saturday, April 17, via Zoom.

There will be two workshops, based on grade level: grades 4-8 will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m and grades 9-12 will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The workshops will be preceded at 10 a.m. by an address from music educator and conductor, Michael Butterman of Colorado. According to a news release from Bagaduce Music, Butterman “is widely recognized for his commitment to creative artistry, innovative programming, and to audience and community engagement.”

The workshops will be led by Joshua Jandreau, composer, songwriter, recording artist who creates genre-bending multimedia art that reframes traditional thinking and fosters personal connections.

Interested students are encouraged to upload a composition and register at by April 9. Both finished and unfinished pieces are welcome. Upon registration, students will receive a Zoom link for the workshop. It is not necessary to submit a composition in order to benefit from (or participate in) the workshop.

All forms of composition are welcome, including:
Instrumental (winds, strings, percussion)
Vocal (solo, duet, mixed voices, SATB)
Singer/Songwriter (notation not required)
Keyboard (piano, organ, etc.)
Jazz (full chart, lead sheet, and/or individual parts)
Contemporary (mixed instrumentation, voicing, etc.)

Audio recordings are also allowed to be submitted alongside your score. MP3, M4A, and FLAC codecs are all acceptable formats.

Although Bagaduce Music is unable to offer a competition component to its Young Composers Festival this year, it hopes that Maine music students will take advantage of this free opportunity to share their compositions with professional musicians, learn new techniques, kickstart the creative process towards a 2022 submission to the Young Composers Competition and Festival, and perhaps improve their collaborative skills with fellow music students.

For more information, visit or call 374-5454.