Performance Competition
Solo Performance Competition 2021


SOLO PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS (Coordinating Chairperson: Arnel Montgomery) are held in four categories based on age levels. Students must perform both solo pieces from memory.  Monetary awards and certificates are given to 1st and 2nd  place winners.  The First place winner 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).

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, dates 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.

Only one entrant per level per teacher will be allowed.  Age is determined by January 1 of the competition year.

Teachers of winning solo 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 /

Solo Performance Competition Application 2020

Solo Snippets PDF

Send completed applications for performance competitions to individual chairpersons listed below.

Early Elementary (up to age 9) PYCO School of Music, Room 200, Saturday, April 17, 2021

Alice Molicki / 561-568-2905 /

Certificates and monetary awards:  ($25, $15) Entry Fee $15

The Bright Sky by Cornelius Gurlitt

Journey Through the Classics, Book 2 (Late Elementary), Hal Leonard Piano Repertoire

Ecossaise in G, WoO 23 by Beethoven

Any Standard Edition

Elementary (up to age 11) PYCO School of Music Room 203, Saturday, April 10, 2021

Anne Lin / 412-580-1010 /

Certificates and monetary awards: ($50, $25) Entry Fee $15

Prelude in C BWV 846 by J. S. Bach

Any Standard Edition

Spinning Song by A. Ellmenreich

Any Standard Edition


Early Intermediate (up to age 13) PYCO School of Music Room 203, Saturday, April 10, 2021

Andrea Doyle / 412-881-8603 /

Certificates and monetary awards: ($50, $25) Entry Fee $15

“Harlequin Waltz”,  Op. 8. No. 8 by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

Modern Miniatures for Piano Solo, VOLUME 2, by Goolkasian Rahbee, edited, Helen Marlais, and can be ordered directly from FJH Music.

Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, maman" Theme and Variations #1, through and including,  #5 by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

(NO repeats)

Available on IMSLP

PLEASE NOTE: This is not "Allegretto", the first entry for Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach on IMSLP !!  You will find this work under  "V", Variations (Allegretto con variaztioni).  Please feel free to contact Andrea for confirmation of correct work!



Intermediate (up to age 15) PYCO School of Music Recital Hall, Saturday, April 17, 2021

Jing-I Jang / 412-695-1122 /

Certificates and monetary awards: ($75, $35) Entry Fee $20

Piano Sonata No. 25, Op. 79, in G Major, Vivace (Mov. III) by  Beethoven

(Take all repeats)

Any Standard Edition

Prelude in F Major, Op. 28, No. 23 by Chopin

Any Standard Edition

Advanced Honors Awards Competition  (16 to 19) 

For information on this competition, click here.