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Performance Competition

Duet Performance Competition – 2023

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.

A First and Second place award will be given for each level. Duet teams may perform both pieces from memory, however the use of the score is recommended. 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.

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 day of the competition. 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 203, Saturday, April 29, 2023

Barbara Kelly/ 412-600-4002 /

Certificates and monetary awards: (per team $70, $60) Entry Fee $30 per team

        Billy Goat Rag by Martha Meir
Terrific Tunes for Two Book 2, Alfred Publishing


Vivace by Daniel G. Turk
Duet Classics for Piano Book 1, published by Alfred
(do Coda repeat)


INTERMEDIATE (up to age 14) PYCO School of Music Room 203, Saturday, April 29, 2023

Barbara Kelly/ 412-600-4002  /

Certificates and monetary awards: (per team $100, $80,) Entry Fee $30 per team

Tango by Melody Bober
Grand Piano Duets book 6, published by Alfred


Spanish Dance Op. 12 No. 1 by Moritz Moszkowski
Masterworks Classics Duets Level 7, published by Alfred


ADVANCED (up to age 19*) PYCO School of Music Recital Hall, Saturday, April 29, 2023
              * Not yet graduated from High School

Arnel Montgomery/ 412-860-7093 or 412-795-7947 /

Certificates and monetary awards: (per team $200, 150) Entry Fee $40 per team

Hungarian Dance No. 4 by Johannes Brahms

Any Standard Edition

(Take all repeats)



Sonata for Four Hands 1919 Edition “Final” by Francis Poulenc
An Alfred Masterwork Edition

(Please note: Two versions of this piece exist:  the original from 1919 and an edited edition from 1939. Both can be found on IMSLP. While several changes were made to the first two movements, the third and final movement, Final, is the same in both versions.)

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