The Bagaduce Music Lending Library began with 250 pieces of music in 1983. Today there are over 250,000 different titles in a great variety of musical genres, with over a million pieces housed in the red barn in Blue Hill. The music donations just keep arriving daily. Every day envelopes boxes and crates are delivered to the Library. Volunteers finally completed cataloging a 6000 title collection of double reed and chamber music donated by oboist, Don Cohn of New York City. One day last year a truck arrived bringing 28 file cabinets, four drawers high, filled with wonderful choral music. This was donated to us by Donald Gooding of Island Music Inc. in Falmouth, Maine. We have now become one of the largest music library collections in North America, and our music is available to anyone world-wide for education, performance or research. The music library was also fortunate to receive generous grants from the Davis Foundation and from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. These enabled us to drill a new well and make necessary drainage repairs to the building to ensure dry storage downstairs. We are very grateful for their continued support In 2012 the library offered a number of exciting musical events. In April, the library hosted the 16th annual Young Composers Competition and Festival, with Gene Nichols as our keynote speaker. In July we sponsored a very successful 22nd Blue Hill Pops concert featuring the phenomenal jazz harpist, Liza Rey, plus wonderful performances by Flash in the Pans Steel Band, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine, the New Trad Trio and the Bagaduce Pops Singers under the direction of Bronwyn Kortge. These events promote musical talent and education and bring the community together to celebrate music and the beginning of summer. The Blue Hill Pops traditionally held on July 3rd is also the music library’s biggest fund raising event each year. In October we reached out to our friends in the New York City area, by having benefit concerts featuring well known violinist Andy Stein and cello Prodigy Sujari Britt. This is to spread word about this amazing resource we have here in Blue Hill, Maine. The year 2015 brought an upswing in support and donations as well as over 8000 Volunteer work hours. At this point it is becoming increasingly clear that the collection is outgrowing our present capacity, so a committee is currently reviewing the Library’s special needs and investigating ways to utilize existing space more efficiently. Keep an eye on this! The Bagaduce Music Lending Library has found a renewed spirit and passion for our mission to collect, preserve and share music. In 2017 we moved to a new location in Blue Hill and have a wonderful new Library as well as a Performance Hall. We are getting a new web site but the old one, www.bagaducemusic.org, is still functional even with its quirks. Please go to the site to see the programs we offer to the public and to children. As always, our music catalog can be searched and orders placed for the music we have in our collection. The music is, as always, the foundation of why we work to keep the Bagaduce Music Lending Library in existance.
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Bagaduce Music Lending Library