The piano technician will collaborate with keyboard faculty and administration to oversee the long-term care of approximately 120 practice room, studio, classroom, and concert pianos and harpsichords at the Blair School, and develop schedules for regular tunings, voicing, and maintenance. Candidate must be in residence in Nashville, TN.
The Blair School of Music serves as the focal point within Vanderbilt University for the study of music as a human endeavor and as a performing art. Blair has 150 full and part-time faculty members who teach 214 music majors, almost 800 precollege students, and 2000 Vanderbilt students taking a Blair course each year.
In its scholarly and creative work, the Blair School of Music proposes to advance the discovery of knowledge, to expand the horizons of musical expression, to promote academic excellence, and to sustain an inclusive, diverse and collegial environment supporting these pursuits by faculty and students. Degrees offered at Blair include Performance, Composition, Integrated studies/Teacher education and Musical Arts.
In its commitment to professional and public service, the Blair School of Music contributes to cultural and intellectual life at Vanderbilt University and throughout the region through concerts, lectures, and recitals by faculty and students, and by providing a forum for visiting artists, scholars, and composers of national stature.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Dean's Office will rely on the technician's expertise to make informed decisions about major upgrades/replacement of instruments.
The successful candidate will have autonomy in making decisions (commensurate with demonstrated experience) on routine and minor repairs; oversee maintenance of instruments.
Supervise scheduling of piano tuning and maintenance program in collaboration with the chairs of the college and precollege piano areas.
Maintain a schedule of work, including nights and weekends as needed, to meet the performance needs of the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities. It will report administratively to the Dean of the School and functionally to the Associate Dean of Presenting and External Relations.
Other duties as assigned.
Substantial experience as a piano technician in a college/university setting.
Experience managing a keyboard inventory and maintenance budget.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred. Two years of professional experience in relevant role may be considered equivalent to one year of postsecondary education
A high school diploma is necessary
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000684
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