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The Department of Music is home to an excellent and diverse collection of
instruments including 40 grand pianos, 19 upright pianos, 4 fortepianos, 3
harpsichords, located in Lincoln Hall, Bailey Hall, Barnes Hall, and various
other locations on campus. The Piano Technician holds sole responsibility for
evaluating, tuning, and maintaining the keyboards. The Piano Technician
evaluates these instruments and develops short and long term repair and
maintenance plans and adjusts complex equipment to ensure proper working
order. Essential functions include tuning, repairing, voicing, and restoring a
wide array of intricate instruments, coordinating location and usage as events
and classes dictate, working closely with the Events Manager to plan events,
gather and respond to feedback from students and faculty. Work with faculty,
especially the piano faculty, to make sure their needs are met. The Piano
Technician maintains the instruments in studios, classrooms, offices, and
practice rooms – coordinates schedules and prioritizes such that the functions
of the Department are uninterrupted. In addition, the Piano Technician
maintains a list of the piano locations, users, and values, for insurance
purposes. Possesses knowledge of proper handling of rare and/or expensive
instruments and ensures proper handling. This is a self-guided position with
limited oversight and a high-level of responsibility.
This is a half-time position with the occasional need for evening and weekend
Required Qualifications: Completion of degree program in piano technology
from university or recognized trade/vocational/technical school with minimum 2
to 4 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and
experience. Registered Piano Technician (RPT) of Piano Technician's Guild.
Knowledge and appreciation of the field of music. Demonstrated ability to
regulate and voice pianos. Must be able to demonstrate aural tuning ability,
but electronic tuning on a day-to-day basis is acceptable. Knowledge of
harpsichord and fortepiano tuning and maintenance. Familiarity with and
ability to tune historical temperaments. Ability to prioritize work
assignments and to work in fast-paced setting. Experience with diverse
communities and cultures. Ability to work occasional nights and weekends, for
events. It is crucial that the Piano Technician has the initiative to
anticipate needs without prompting and can do the job without much direct
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with unique, historical keyboards.
Interest in historical keyboards.
Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 25th. To be
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