2021 Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association Advanced Honors Awards Competition

PPTA members’ students who are ages 16-19 as of April 15, 2021 are invited to apply to compete in the PPTA Advanced Honors Awards Competition. There is no entrance fee for the competition and teachers may enter more than one eligible student. Applications are due by April 15, 2021.


The 2021 competition will be held virtually. Video submissions in the form of unlisted YouTube links for each piece will be due to the chair at bennet12@duq.edu by May 1, 2021.


Entrants perform a minimum of two contrasting pieces (of two different time periods) from standard repertoire chosen from the following lists:



  • NFMC Very Difficult I, Very Difficult II, or Musically Advanced Class I (Lists can be found in the NFMC bulletin.)



Entrants who perform a third piece by an American composer from these lists are also eligible to be considered for the American Music Prize.


A performance time limit of 20 minutes will be enforced.


Memorization of all repertoire performed is required. Applicant must provide to the chair one complete copy (in pdf form) of all repertoire to be performed.


The Honors Awards are one-time awards for all who place in the competition. Those who place first or second may not enter the competition in subsequent years. In the event that the American Prize winner does not place 1st or 2nd, they may compete again in a consecutive year.


Three outside judges (not PPTA members) will be hired to judge this competition. The judges will use blind ballot procedures similar to MTNA competition judging guidelines:




The breakdown of prizes to be awarded in 2021 is as follows:


1st place $2,000

2nd place $1,000

American Music Prize $500 (this may be awarded to the 1st or 2nd place winners or other entrants. It is a prize for the best performance of an American composer’s music, but this piece must be one of a program of three pieces.)


First place and American Prize winners would be required to perform at the May PPTA competition winners’ recital in the year that they win the prize.


All competition participants will receive certificates of participation. No honorable mentions will be awarded. All awards are made at the judges’ discretion. The judges’ decision is final. Parents, guardians, and teachers may not challenge the judges’ decision.


Direct any inquiries to Mary Lynne Bennett, Competition Chair, bennet12@duq.edu

For rules and application click here.