WESTMINSTERCOLLEGE OF THEARTS announces an opening for a full-time Piano Technician on the University's Lawrenceville campus, beginning September 1, 2020.
The successful candidate will have experience tuning and maintaining a diverse inventory of acoustic instruments and must demonstrate the ability to regulate, voice, and tune pianos to concert level quality. Tuning ability and stability of tuning is vital to this position, and will be tested before hiring.
Additional Considerations 1.Provide specialized piano services, including but not limited to tuning, voicing, regulation, repairs, piano action refurbishing, and preventative maintenance of between 100-110 pianos on the Lawrenceville campus, located in practice rooms, classrooms, performance halls, faculty offices and studios. This includes new and rebuilt concert-quality instruments from Steinway, Yamaha, and Mason & Hamlin.
2.Occasionally, the technician may be required to tune an off-campus instrument in preparation for a University-sponsored event.
3.Strong organization, scheduling and effective time management skills required to tune and maintain all campus pianos for daily use and the approximately 150 annual concerts and events.
4.Responsible for restringing of pianos and some regulation and action rebuilding but complete rebuilding of pianos will be completed by a local rebuilding firm.
5.Maintain records and provides expertise regarding the impact and effects of humidity and temperature changes on pianos.
6.Working closely with the Office of the Dean, the successful candidate will serve as the principal source of information related to recommendations of long-term plans for replacement of University instruments.
7.Responsible for the maintenance and oversight of the University piano inventory on both campuses.
8.Responsible for ordering parts and monitoring of manufacturer guarantees.
9.The full-time technician will be expected to communicate and, as needed, work with the part- time technician who will serve the Princeton campus and Conservatory extensions. The piano technician may be asked on occasion to cover for or assist the part-time piano technician at Westminster Conservatory of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.
10.Performs related duties as required.
Rider University is a private university located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Over 4,100 undergraduate and 950 graduate students are enrolled in 67 undergraduate programs and 35 graduate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, counseling, and leadership. There are 240 full-time faculty supporting a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider in the top tier of northern regional universities offering master's degrees. Rider is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Westminster College of the Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Music Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Ability to do necessary and routine repairs such as replace/repair broken strings, pins, keys, and other action parts.
Strong organizational and communication skills required to plan and schedule the volume of tuning and repairs.
Effective interpersonal, collaborative, and customer service skills are required.
Occasional evening and weekend work will be required for special concert tunings or during peak periods.
Applicants should have at least three years' experience in tuning, regulating, repairing and maintaining pianos for artist-level teaching and performance and be able to provide letters of recommendation, with preference given to recommendations from Colleges or Universities.
Position Preferred Qualifications/Experience:
Registered Piano Technician certification in Piano Technicians Guild is desirable but not required.
Preference will be given to applicants who received formal training through a factory program, classes from PTG, or certification from a piano technician course such as North Bennett Street School.
Rebuilding ability is a plus but not required.
Experience with harpsichord tuning and repair is preferred.
About Rider University:
The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.
Rider University has been included as one of the nation's best universities by US News & World Report and remained in the top tier in the Regional Universities – North category. Additionally, The Princeton Review named Rider among its
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About Rider University
"As a learner-centered University dedicated to the education of the whole student, Rider provides students the intellectual resources and breadth of student life opportunities of a comprehensive university with the personal attention and close student-faculty interactions of a liberal arts college.Through a commitment to high quality teaching, scholarship and experiential opportunities, faculty on both campuses provide undergraduate and graduate students rigorous and relevant programs of study to expand their intellectual, cultural and personal horizons and develop their leadership skills. Our highly regarded programs in the arts, social sciences, sciences, music, business and education challenge students to become active learners who can acquire, interpret, communicate and apply knowledge within and across disciplines to foster the integrative thinking required in a complex and rapidly changing world."