Piano Technician and Inventory/Maintenance Coordinator
The Piano Technician and Inventory/Maintenance Coordinator is responsible for the overall performance and maintenance of the Bass School of Music’s piano inventory comprising 142 Steinway pianos. This position prepares pianos through tuning, voicing, regulating, rebuilding, and regular maintenance to meet quality standards for a variety of performance needs for performers including students, faculty, and guest musicians. The position is also responsible for coordinating maintenance schedules and performing maintenance to ensure that the piano inventory remains in optimal condition to facilitate the highest level of musical performance.
The Piano Technician and Inventory/Maintenance Coordinator is a member of the Bass School of Music staff and reports to the Associate Dean.
- Tune, voice, and regulate six concert grand pianos, studio and practice room pianos, and all other pianos in the School Music and across campus resulting in high-quality instrument performance.
- Respond to special and emergency piano tuning and repairs as needed in connection with recitals, concerts, productions, recordings, and other performances.
- Develop, implement, and maintain a short and long-term piano maintenance schedule for all university pianos to ensure routine and preventive maintenance is performed including diagnostics and resulting repairs, and rebuilding.
- Maintain inventory of parts and supplies necessary to support maintenance needs; coordinate purchases with the Associate Dean.
- Collaborate effectively with faculty, staff (including contract labor piano technicians) and administration to ensure piano performance quality standards are met and maintained.
- Participate in ongoing training and certification opportunities to expand and remain up to date in the area of piano tuning and maintenance.
- Demonstrate an attitude and behaviors that reflect the core values of the university and the School of Music: Integrity, respect, diversity and inclusion, and collaboration.
- Other duties as assigned.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use fingers and hands to feel, grasp, operate or handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
- Acute hearing and listening skills required.
- The employee is frequently required to stand, sit and walk.
- The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
- Must be able to maneuver pianos on piano dolly.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus and work in theatre lighting
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus.
- Incumbent will be exposed to frequent noise.
- Demonstrated ability to tune and regulate a piano
- Knowledge of piano maintenance techniques and materials including impact of external conditions
- Strong time and excellent project management skills
- Ability to prioritize maintenance work around concerts, recitals, and academic schedules
- Demonstrated ability to maintain a high-level of communication with faculty and staff to ensure timely responses to requests
- Knowledge of music and music performance
- Ability to work independently effectively
- Ability to be available evenings and weekends in accordance with performance schedules as needed
Required: A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
Preferred: A minimum of five years of experience and training in the repair and maintenance of Steinway pianos to demonstrate the capacity to prepare concert grand pianos for faculty, students and guest artists. A strong preference will be given to Steinway-trained and Registered Piano Technicians.
A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum requirements.