The 2020 PPTA Scholarship Competition will still be able to proceed, although in a different format. We will not hold a live competition on May 2, but we will hold a competition via video submission.


The application postmark deadline will be extended to April 30, 2020. Applications may be scanned and submitted by email or sent via regular mail.  Videos will be due to competition chair, Mary Lynne Bennett,, by May 15, 2020.


Students are to comply with the stay at home order issued by the Pennsylvania governor when creating their video submissions.


The videos will be sent to judges and competition decisions will be made by May 30. The judges' decisions are final. There will be no live winners' recital this year.


The PPTA Board wishes to thank all of the dedicated teachers and students who have been preparing for spring competitions for months. 

PPTA Scholarship Application

Entrants would 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.)


  • Performance Levels 11-12 Achievement in Music (STAR Evaluations) Syllabus


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 audition committee at the audition one complete copy (or official publications if not in public domain) of all repertoire to be performed, with measures numbered.


The scholarship is a one-time award for all who place in the competition. Winners may not enter the competition in subsequent years. In the event that the American Prize winner does not place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, they may compete again in a consecutive year.


Three outside judges (not PPTA members) will be hired to judge this competition. The auditions will take place behind a blind screen. The judges will not see the applicants or their names. The competition is a closed competition and no parents or teachers will be permitted in the audition room. The judges will use blind ballot procedures similar to MTNA competition judging guidelines:



The breakdown of prizes to be awarded is as follows:


1st place $2,000

2nd place $1,500

3rd place $1,000

American Music Prize $500 (this may be awarded to any of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd 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, Scholarship Competition Chair,

Board Meetings

PPTA Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month @9:30am and are open to all members to attend; check back for location of board meetings as they will be in several different locations.

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