Classified Title: Piano Technician
Starting Salary Range: $50 hourly
Employee group: Casual / On Call
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: 07-MD:Peabody Institute
Department name: 10000983-Ensemble Operations
Personnel area: Peabody
Reporting to the supervisor of Concert Operations, and functioning as a member of the Piano Maintenance team the duties of the Piano Technician include:
Concert level tuning, voicing, repair and action regulation, moving, cleaning and restringing of the pianos used for teaching, practice and performances for the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
This is a Casual employment position with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University supporting both the Conservatory and the Preparatory of Music. As such the incumbent will work approximately 16 hours a week. A large majority of the work will be in the Towson Preparatory site located on the Goucher College campus.
Located in the heart of Baltimores Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as Americas first academy of music. Today, through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory music and dance school, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level. Each year Peabody stages nearly 850 public concerts and performances. Peabody is one of the nine divisions that comprise the Johns Hopkins University.
Essential Job Duties:
Duties include: concert quality tuning, voicing, repair, action regulation, piano moving, cleaning, repair and restringing of pianos used for teaching, practice and performance.
Participates in moving pianos, or supervising piano movers, when needed.
Prepares pianos for rehearsals and performances meeting artists standards.
Maintain contact with piano industry experts and remain abreast of market development and advances in latest technology practices.
Works with the members of the piano maintenance team to prioritize the needs of the department as well as the inventory and its use.
As a member of the piano maintenance team is responsible for the proper maintenance and care of all piano inventory.
Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
Interacts Routinely with:
Internal: Faculty, especially with piano faculty, staff, students.
External: vendors, dealers, donors, guest artists, patrons
HS/GED required: bachelors degree strongly preferred.
Must be able to tune aurally with accuracy and stability.
Expertise in concert level tuning.
3-5 years of experience to include concert level tuning, knowledge of grand and upright piano repair and maintenance; installation of action parts; action regulation; and voicing for professional musician standards.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills to support working with students, faculty, dealers, donors and guest performers as necessary to perform the job.
Ability to participate in moving pianos with the assistance of equipment.
RPT certification from the PTG- Piano Technicians Guild
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