The School of Music in the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Piano Technician. This position is responsible for tuning, voicing, regulating, maintaining and repairing acoustic pianos.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Tune, voice and regulate acoustic pianos. Voicing is the manipulation, by hand, of the felt of the hammers using needles to soften or chemical hardeners. This method produces the most even, resonate and articulate piano tone possible. Regulation is the adjustment of the piano's various mechanical parts in order to allow the pianist the greatest flexibility in range of dynamics and tone color.
Maintain and repair acoustic pianos, digital pianos and their accessories. Coordinate the preparation and logistics of keyboard needs with faculty, staff and students, for performance, rehearsal and recording events. This includes the moving of pianos throughout the Creative Arts Center as well as other University site's such as Elizabeth Moore Hall, the President's home, WVU Alumni Center and non-university venues.
Manage the School's digital keyboard inventory. This includes partially digital instruments, such as the Disklavier, and wholly digital instruments such as the Clavinova. These instruments require periodic adjustments and calibration in order to maintain optimum performance.
Plan and implement major acoustic piano rebuilding on a regular basis. This involves periodic replacement of all piano functional parts such as new strings, hammers, wippens, shank and flanges, felt, trap-work, and dampers in order to maintain the instrument in peak working condition.
Provide technical support to guest artists. This includes pre-concert tuning and voicing of the concert pianos and keyboard instruments. Technician must sometimes be available during rehearsals and performances to make adjustments requested by such performers.
Coordinate periodically with various University offices keyboard requests for special events and receptions held at various locations on and off campus.
Order supplies and maintain needed inventory of piano repair materials and parts.
Generate revenue by billing for equipment rental and tuning services for non-division events such as A&E events.
Responsible for coordinating a schedule of piano tuning/maintenance with other technical staff.
Responsible for oversight and communication concerning piano rentals.
Pay Grade: 17
Bachelor's degree in Music in addition to specialized training as is received in a trade school for piano technology or apprenticing with a recognized professional piano turner for a minimum of two years.
Three (3) years experience in the field of piano tuning, repair, and regulation.
One (1) year experience in setting and maintaining a schedule of instrument tuning.
Three (3) years experience and expertise to rebuild pianos of various makes and vintages.
Ability to tune, voice and regulate acoustic pianos. This requires aural precision and technical expertise to translate the needs of the pianist to the technical complexity of the instrument.
Ability_ to manipulate the felt of the hammers in order to get the sound that is resonate, even, and provides the articulate tone required by artist who will perform on instrument.
Ability to regulate various piano parts to allow for greatest flexibility in range of dynamics and tone color.
Ability to repair acoustic pianos, digital pianos and their accessories.
Ability to adjust and calibrate instruments for optimum performance.
Ability to organize and maintain a complex tuning and maintenance schedule for all keyboard instruments.
Ability to communicate clearly and precisely with faculty, students and international artists regarding the precise requirements for preparing instruments for concert performances.
Ability to maintain a rigorous schedule of tuning for acoustic keyboard instruments.
Ability to aurally tune pianos to the artistic preferences of artists, faculty and students.
Ability to work independently and to set priorities and meet deadlines for performances.
Ability to use hand and power tools with precision of movement and close visual attention.
Ability to maintain proper unit attendance and punctuality standards.
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