Young Composers Festival & Competition


Composition Workshop!

We are excited to announce that we are holding a free virtual Composition Workshop via Zoom on Saturday, April 17th. There will be two workshops, according to each student’s grade level.

Grades 4 through 8 will meet from 10:30 – 11:30
Grades 9-12 will meet from 1:00 – 2:30.

Please register HERE!

Composition Clinician – Mr. Joshua Jandreau
We are excited to welcome Joshua Jandreau, composer, songwriter, recording artist who creates genre-bending multimedia art that reframes traditional thinking and fosters personal connections. A self-described musical misfit and voyager of the human condition, his music ranges from the traditional to the experimental, freely associating genre, aesthetic, and medium.

An active educator, Jandreau teaches piano in the greater Boston area, maintaining a private studio of 40 students. He has been awarded several grants for educational and community outreach, has partnered with charity organizations and led successful crowd–funding campaigns to donate instruments and music to schools, and is an active advocate for arts education, being selected as a guest speaker for the 2016 Arizona Music Educators Association Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Guest Speaker – Mr. Michael Butterman
The workshops will be preceded by an inspiring address by renowned music educator and conductor, Michael Butterman of Colorado. He is widely recognized for his commitment to creative artistry, innovative programming, and to audience and community engagement. He serves as Music Director for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, whom he has led to national prominence, resulting in an invitation to open the Kennedy Center’s inaugural SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras in 2017. He is also the Music Director of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, an orchestra uniquely focused on music education. He has recently completed a 19-year association with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as their Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement, and a 15-year tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, first as Associate, and then as Resident Conductor.

Composition Workshop Information
Upload your composition and register by April 9th, 2021 for your composition to be considered for use in the workshop. Both finished and unfinished pieces are welcome. We will send all registered students a Zoom link for the workshop around April 15th.  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.

While we are sorry not to offer a Competition component to our Young Composers Festival this year, we are hoping that Maine music students will take advantage of this free opportunity to share their compositions with professional musicians, learn new techniques, and perhaps improve their collaborative skills with fellow music students.

We expect to resume the Competition and Festival in 2022, so this Composition Workshop can be a great way to kickstart your creative process towards your 2022 submission!


Since 1995, our Young Composers Competition & Festival has provided students in Maine with a way to foster and develop an interest in original music composition and notation. The competition gives participants valuable feedback from professional musicians and provides them with a venue where they can meet other students who share their interest in composing.

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