Performance Competition

Duet Performance Competition – 2021

DUET PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS (Coordinating Chairperson: Arnel Montgomery) are held in three categories based on age levels: ELEMENTARY (up to age 10), INTERMEDIATE (up to age 14), and ADVANCED (up to age 19*). *Not yet graduated from High School.

Duet teams may perform both pieces from memory, however the use of the score is recommended. Monetary awards and certificates are given to 1st and 2nd place winners. The First place duet team in each level performs both pieces at the May general meeting. The First place winner in each level may compete again in the same level (based on the age criterion) or move to a higher level (again based on the age criterion).


Age level is determined by the older partner as of January 1 of the competition year. If the score is used, page turns must be done by the performers or a page turner (not a parent or teacher).

Deadline for applications in all levels is a postmark date of March 15. There will be NO exceptions.

NOTE: The 2021 competitions will be held on Saturdays, April 10 and April 17 with the judges considering video submissions only. The application deadline is March 15, 2021. Please submit your video entries in the form of unlisted YouTube links for each piece which are due to the Overall Competition Chairman and the Competition Chairman no later than Monday, April 5, 2021. If it is possible, please have students use an acoustic piano for their video performances.

Many of this year’s pieces are available online. Teachers who take advantage of this service are expected to purchase the scores as a good example for our students.

Teachers (not parents or students) must submit the applications, which are available on the website or at the general meetings. See individual descriptions below for required pieces, specific contact person for each level, date and location of competition, fees, and award amounts. All fees are non-refundable.

Audition times are specific and final the day of the event and latecomers cannot be accommodated.

An unlimited number of entries per teacher(s) is allowed up to ten teams total per level. Duet partners may come from different PPTA members.

Teachers of winning duet students will be notified by email. The judges’ decision is final and may not be challenged by teacher, entrants, parents or guardians.

REMINDER:  A teacher must be a paid member of PPTA by September 1, prior to the date of the competition.  The students must have worked solely with the PPTA member on all pieces performed or submitted for the competition.


Coordinating Chairperson: Arnel Montgomery / 412-860-7093 or 412-795-7947 /




Duet Snippets PDF


ELEMENTARY (up to age 10) PYCO School of Music, Room 200, Saturday April 17, 2021


Arnel Montgomery/ 412-860-7093 /


Certificates and monetary awards: (per team $50, $30) Entry Fee $30 per team


Eiffel Tower Waltz by Catherine Rollin

Published by Alfred

Vivace by Daniel Gottlob Turk

Found in Duet Classics for Piano Book 1 Published by Alfred


INTERMEDIATE (up to age 14) PYCO School of Music, Room 200, Saturday,
April 17, 2021


Arnel Montgomery/ 412-860-7093 /


Certificates and monetary awards: (per team $100, $50,) Entry Fee $30 per team


The Grand Finale by Catherine Rollin

The Alfred Duet Series

Italian Polka by S. Rachmaninoff


(Take all repeats)

Found in The Piano Works of Rachmaninoff, Vol 8 by Alfred


ADVANCED (up to age 19*) PYCO School of Music Recital Hall, Saturday,
April 10, 2021
              * Not yet graduated from High School


Arnel Montgomery/ 412-860-7093 /


Certificates and monetary awards: (per team $200, 100) Entry Fee $40 per team


Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens

“The Aquarium” and “Finale”

Durand edition (Order through Volkwein’s or online at Sheet Music Plus)