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February 1, 2020 at Kansas State University

CHAIRPERSON:  Nancy Blockcolsky


The competition is open to students in grades 1-12. Contestants are grouped by grade level. If the duet partners are from different grade levels, they will compete in the higher category. Each duo will perform one piece. Categories and time limits are listed below. If students exceed the time limit, the performance may be stopped (without penalty).

  • Early Elementary Grades 1-3 --- 6 minutes

  • Late Elementary Grades 4-6 ---  8 minutes

  • Intermediate Grades 7-9 --- 10 minutes

  • Advanced Grades 10-12 --- 12 minutes



  • This competition will focus on music for two people performing duet music at one piano. Performances requiring the use of two pianos will not be permitted.

  • Repertoire: Original pieces for piano duet, transcriptions and arrangements are allowed.

  • The competition is open to the public.

  • The entry fee is $20 per duo. Teachers should collect all fees from their students and pay by one check made out to MAMTA. The entry deadline is January 10, 2020. Fees should be sent with the entry forms. Non-MAMTA members may enter students in the competition, but the non-member fee will be $30 per duo.

  • Please send your entry forms and check to Nancy Blockcolsky, PO Box 4, Olsburg, KS 66520. In the event of a cancellation (usually resulting from dangerous weather conditions), we will make every effort to reschedule the competition. However, this may not be possible. Fees will not be refunded if the event is cancelled.

  • If a teacher is unable to find a suitable duet partner for a student from within his/her own studio, it is possible to combine students from two different studios. The entire fee should be submitted with the application form from one of the participating teachers.

  • Music does not need to be memorized. Students must provide an original copy of the music for the judge and use an original book for their performance; photocopies are not acceptable for either the judge or the performers. Music which is legally downloaded from the Internet, whether by purchase or through websites such as imslp.org is allowed. Please number all measures.

  • The decisions of the judge are final. The judge may award one winner, one second place, and one or more honorable mention awards in each category. The judge reserves the right not to award a prize in any of the categories. 

  • Every participant will receive a certificate, and each duo will receive a written critique.

  • First and Second Place winners will perform their duet again at the Winners Concert for the other contestants and their families and friends. First and Second Place winners in each category will receive a prize.

  • There is a non-competitive track available for those students who desire a written evaluation but who do not wish to compete. This may be an excellent option for students whose performance is perhaps not as polished as it would need to be for the competition but who wish to perform their duet in front of a judge.

  • Students must compete within the scheduled time for their age group in order to be considered for a prize. If a duo is unable to perform with their age group, they may perform at another time (determined when the schedule is made) for comments only.

  • Once the schedule is set, the only changes which can be made will be to switch students within a category. The chair will attempt to honor scheduling requests; however, it may be impossible to accommodate such requests. In that case, please refer to #12 above.

  • If there are more than 12 duet pairs within a category, the participants will be divided into two smaller groups. As much as possible, both of the smaller groups will contain a mixture of grade levels, just as the larger group would.




12:50-12:53   Pink Panther – Henry Mancini (TA)  – 1st Place

12:56-12:59   Chop-Ticks – Margaret Goldston (MP)  – 2nd Place

12:45-12:50   Ballad & Toe-Tapping Rag  – Dennis Alexander (SK) – Honorable Mention  

12:42-12:45   Little Cradle Song – Arnoldo Sartorio (RB)

12:53-12:56   The Cowboy – Judith R. Stickland (CS and MP)

12:59-1:02  When the Saints Go Marching In – David Carr Glover (CS)

1:02-1:05   Like-a-Polka  – David Carr Glover (CS)


9:27-9:32   C. S. Theme and Variations, op. 6  – Randall Compton (CS and TA) – 1st Place

9:49-9:53   Berceuse, from Dolly Suite  – Gabriel Fauré (SD & SK) –  2nd Place

9:41-9:45   Die Stille antwortet   – Jenö Takács (SK) –  Honorable Mention

9:45-9:49   Fugue on a Russian Theme, Op 34 No. 4  – Anton Arensky (SK & SD) – Honorable Mention  

9:53-10:00  Three Waltzes (performing the first and second waltzes)  – Robert Vandall(NB) – Honorable Mention

9:10-9:15 Chinese Dragon Dance  – Jon George (DP)

9:15-9:18   The Legend of Pirate Pete – Kevin Olson (DP)

9:18-9:21   Riding a Cloud  – David Carr Glover (MP)

9:21-9:24   Country Ragtime  – Martha Mier (MP & SK)

9:24-9:27   Polka Party – Catherine Rollin (SK & MP)

9:32-9:35   I Wanna Be a Spy  – C. S. Wolf (MP and CS)

9:35-9:38   Like-a-Polka  – David Carr Glover (MP)

9:38-9:41   Race to the Peak  – Melody Bober (MP)

10:00-10:05   Boogie-woogie – E. Osin   (TA)

10:05-10:10   Canon Jazz – J.Pachelbel – Sooa (TA)


10:48-10:56   Slavonic Dance Op. 72 No.2  – Dvorak (SD) – 1st Place

10:38-10:43   Get-Up-and-Go – Robert Vandall (JN)  – 2nd Place

10:23-10:28   Sonata in D Major, K 381 Allegro  – W. A. Mozart (MP and AM) – Honorable Mention  

10:28-10:32   Variations on Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho  – Katherine Beard (DP) – Honorable Mention

10:32-10:38   Waltz from “Masquerade ”  – A.Khachaturian (TA) – Honorable Mention  

11:12-11:17   Toccata for Two  – Robert Vandall (DP and JN) –  Honorable Mention

10:20-10:23   Moroccan Breeze  – Jeanne Costello (CS)

10:43-10:48   Brightwood Barn  – Robert Vandall (JN)

10:56-11:06   Sonata in C major, K.521, 1st mvt.  – Mozart (SD)

11:06-11:09   Play it in Peoria  – Melody Bober (CS and MP)

11:09-11:12   I Wanna Be a Spy  – C. S. Wolf (CS and MP)

GRADE 10-12

1:35-1:45   March No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 40  – Charles-Valentin Alkan (DP and JN) 1st Place

1:26-1:30   Ocho Pasos – David Karp (JN)  – 2nd Place

1:30-1:35   Mi-a-ou, from Dolly Suite  – Gabriel Faure (DP and TA) –  Honorable Mention


2:50-2:55   Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  – Mozart, arr. by Timothy Brown GRADE 4-6 (CS)

2:55-3PM   La Cinquantaine (The Golden Wedding)  – Gabriel-Marie GRADE 1-3 (CS and RB)

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