The 16th annual Young Composers’ Festival, sponsored by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, will be held Saturday, April 14 in Emlen Hall at the Bay School. This annual festival features some of Maine’s most talented young musicians performing their original compositions.

Young Maine musicians are invited to submit their original compositions by Feb. 17 for review by a jury of professional musicians. This year’s judges are Beth Wieman, an accomplished composer and professor of music at the University of Maine; John Cooper, professor of music and composer-in-residence at the College of the Atlantic; and Fred Goldrich, conductor of the Bangor Band.

All participants will be recognized and invited to perform at the Young Composers’ Festival. The Young Composers’ Competition and Festival is sponsored in part by Camden National Bank. Awards and cash prizes will be presented in two categories: Category I, through age 13; and Category II, age 14 through high school. All compositions submitted will become part of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s esteemed Maine Collection. This important archive contains more than 2,750 works, including pieces by R.B. Hall, Frank Churchill (“Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf”), Don McLean, Walter Piston and Noel Paul Stookey.

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library, a 501 ©(3) tax-exempt corporation, was formed in 1983 to provide music library access to performers and music lovers nationwide. The Music Library has more than a million pieces of catalogued music, representing 200,000-plus scores and sheet music titles. Along with the Young Composers’ Competition and Festival, the music library is host to the Blue Hill Pops concert each July 3rd, a summer season tradition in Downeast Maine.

For more information, contact executive director Martina Herries at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, 5 Music Library Lane; 374-5454; or martina@bagaducemusic.org.