The next “WERU Family Radio Hour," hosted by Belfast's Scot Cannon, will feature a trip to the 19th annual Bagaduce Music Lending Library Young Composers' Festival, held in April in Emlen Hall of Blue Hills’ Bay School. The show will air Saturday, July 4t at 10 a.m. and may be heard at 89.9 and 99.9 FM, as well as streaming live at

The festival is the culminating event of the Young Composers' Competition, which is open to all Maine students, high school age and younger. Young musicians are invited to submit their original works for review by a jury of professional musicians. Several of the performances, as well as interviews with the young composers, will be featured on the radio show.

Launched in 1996, the annual Young Composers' Competition and Festival encourages Maine students to create new works and develop their composing and notation skills. It also gives them valuable feedback from professional musicians and provides them with a venue where they can meet other students who share their interest in composing. For more information, visit

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