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Performance Competition

 Solo Performance Competitions – 2023


SOLO PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS (Coordinating Chairperson: Arnel Montgomery) are held in four categories based on age levels. EARLY ELEMENTARY (up to age 9), Elementary (up to age 11), EARLY INTERMEDIATE (up to age 13) and INTERMEDIATE (up to age 15). Students must perform both solo pieces from memory. 


A First and Second place award will be given for each level. 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.

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 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 /

Solo Performance Competition Application 2023

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 22, 2023

Alice Molicki / 561-568-2905 /

Certificates and monetary awards:  ($50, $40) Entry Fee $15

Canario by Joachim Van der Hofe
The Developing Artist, Piano Literature, Book 1 by Nancy and Randall Faber
Also available on IMSLP


Toccata Festivo by Jennifer Linn
Student Showcase Solos Published by Hal Leonard


Elementary (up to age 11) PYCO School of Music Room 200, Saturday, April 29, 2023

Raelene Bluhm / 724-687-7141 /

Certificates and monetary awards: ($75, $50) Entry Fee $15

Hurry-Scurry by Robert Vandall
Published by Myklas Music Press


Minuet K. 5 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Available on IMSLP by Urtext or Any Standard Edition




Early Intermediate (up to age 13) PYCO School of Music Room 203, Saturday, April 22, 2023

Sharon Spann / 724-384-1461/

Certificates and monetary awards: ($125, $75) Entry Fee $15

Tarantella from “Songs Without Words” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Also available on IMSLP


Fugue in Classical Style by Nicolas Miaskovsky
Also available on IMSLP as Op. 43


Both pieces are found in Piano Literature for the Intermediate Grades by James Bastien Book 4

published by Kjos


Intermediate (up to age 15) PYCO School of Music Recital Hall, Saturday, Apil 22, 2023

Richard Pinkerton/ 412-841-3937/

Certificates and monetary awards: ($150, $100) Entry Fee $20

Sonata in A Major, K. 113, L. 345 by Domenico Scarlatti

(No repeats) 

Available on IMSLP or Any Standard Edition



Consolation in D-flat major, S.172, No. 3 by Franz Liszt
Available on IMSLP or Any Standard Edition

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