The Bagaduce Music Lending Library has awarded Nathan Hillman of Monroe Second Prize in Category II: Young Composers Age 14 Through High School at its 2010 Young Composers’ Festival, held April 24 at The Bay School in Blue Hill.

He is the son of Joyce and Rick Hillman of Monroe and a music student of Gilda Joffe of Lincolnville. His second-place composition is entitled “String Quartet No. 2 in A-flat Major, Second Movement,” and is written for two violins, viola and cello.

Hillman began studying the violin when he was 4 years old, and five years later he began playing the viola. He has been composing music since he was 7. At the 2008 Young Composers’ Festival, he won First Place for his string quartet “Irresistible Invention.” Hillman plays in various orchestras and chamber groups and has attended the Kneisel Hall and Next Gen summer chamber music programs.

Launched in 1996 by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, the Young Composers’ Competition is open to musicians of high school age and younger. This year 35 students from all across the state of Maine submitted original compositions for judging by three esteemed professional musicians: Bob Bahr, professional pianist, composer and music director; John Cooper, professor of music and composer in residence at College of the Atlantic; and Fred Goldrich, director of the Bangor Concert Band. The 2010 Young Composers’ Competition and Festival was sponsored in part by Union Trust Company, a division of Camden National Bank

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, was founded in 1983 to provide music access for performers and music lovers nationwide. The music library now has more than 1 million pieces of catalogued music, representing 200,000-plus scores and sheet music titles.

Along with the annual Young Composers’ Competition and Festival, the Music Library is host to the Blue Hill Pops Concert on July 3 each year, a summer tradition in Downeast Maine.