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Piano Technician (Part-time) - Dept. of Music - Equipment Tech IV

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Arts and Museum Administration

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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 work.

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 supervision.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with unique, historical keyboards. Interest in historical keyboards.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 25th. To be considered you must submit BOTH cover letter and resume. We have found it most efficient to save as one document prior to attaching.

No visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position.

University Job Title:

Equipment Tech IV

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Contact Name:

Tara Wilder

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