BLUE HILL — Three Mount Desert Island students are among the winners of The Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s 22nd annual Young Composers’ Competition. The winners were announced during a Young Composers’ Festival on April 21.
Cedar Ellis, 13, of Seal Cove took first place in the 13-and-younger age category. Edward Choi, 13, and Taylor Ehrlich, 9, both of Bar Harbor, tied for third place in the same age group.
For Ellis, the win was his second in the festival. His composition “Boom” earned him first place in his age group last year and was performed at the Tremont Consolidated School spring concert.
This year, his winning composition is for winds, strings and percussion instruments.
Choi’s composition is for flute, B-flat clarinet, oboe, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, tenor drum, congas, cymbals and tambourine.
Ehrlich’s composition is for piano, ukulele, flute, trumpet, bongos, cymbals and wood blocks.
Winners received $200 for first place, $125 for second place, and $75 for third place.
Seventeen students from across the state entered the contest and performed their compositions for a live audience during the festival. Ryu Mitsuhashi gave the keynote address and emphasized the importance of notation in preserving music for future performance. Mitsuhashi and her husband, Tom Bennett, entertained the audience with a performance on their violin, guitar and Marimba.