Collaborative Pianist II (Accompanist II)

Mar 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Title: Collaborative Pianist II (Accompanist II)
Job ID: 13448
Job Code: 2866
Regular/Temporary: Regular

This is a full-time (equivalent to 40 hours per week), probationary, non-exempt position.

Note: This position is on a 10/12 Pay Plan, which is equivalent to ten months of salary distributed over a 12-month period. The scheduled months off will be June and July. Eligible for medical, dental and vision benefits plus paid vacation, sick leave, etc.

Note: Applicants are required to provide a minimum of two links to video-recordings of recent collaborative performances not to exceed a total of 10 minutes. Links can be included in the cover letter, resume or in a separate .PDF or Word document. Full consideration will not be given to candidates who fail to complete this requirement.

Organizational Description:
The Department of Music at Fresno State was one of the original departments when the university was founded in 1911, and continues to be a leader in music education and artistic performance in the Central Valley and the state at large. The Department has a busy performance schedule of over 150 performances a year, programming full symphonic and choral works, operas, festivals and master classes. The Department of Music also provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in music for those planning for professional careers as performers, composers, conductors, public school teachers, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for advanced degrees.

The Collaborative Pianist II will collaborate with other pianists in the Department as well as faculty and staff to provide piano accompaniment for students and faculty in ensemble and solo rehearsals and performance. This is a full-time position that requires evening and weekend availability.

Position Summary:
Accompanying needs in the Music Department include:
  • Rehearsals and performances for students' senior and graduate recitals (to include a recital hearing and dress rehearsal per student)
  • Instrumental and vocal juries and performance exams
  • Instrumental and vocal coaching sessions and classes
  • Rehearsals, performances, and tours with the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Community Chorus coordinated with the
  • Director of Choral Activities
  • Rehearsals and performances with the Opera Theatre
  • Tuesday and Thursday recital hour performances with students
  • Auditions as needed
  • Annual Concerto Competition
  • Guest recitals, festivals and master-classes
All duties are shared with other accompanying staff and graduate assistants.

Job Requirements:
  • A baccalaureate degree in music plus two years of experience accompanying and collaborating with instrumentalists, singers, and choral ensembles at the university or professional level
  • Two years of experience with instrumental, vocal, operatic, and choral repertory
  • A history of regular attendance and positive performance appraisal
Specific Skills (Any level of knowledge, experience, and/or coursework in the following skills is acceptable):
  • Working knowledge of instrumental, vocal, operatic, and choral repertory
  • Exceptional piano skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to:	
    • Work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends
    • Sight-read
    • Follow visual cues of the conductor
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, students and staff from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
Preferred Skills:
  • Masters or Doctorate in Piano or Collaborative Piano
  • Professional level artistic skills to include: open score reading, transposition, orchestral score reductions
  • Incorporate choral parts into the accompaniment as required
  • Knowledge of lyric diction
Application Procedures:
Complete the required fields on the online application, a resume, and three professional references, including telephone numbers, are required. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position is also required. Full consideration will not be given to applicants who fail to complete all application requirements.

Pursuant to Executive Order 1088, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual's request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.

How To Apply:
To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at:

Other Requirements:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States.

California State University, Fresno, in conjunction with the CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive.

California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site:

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Other Applicant Information:
Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply. In addition, qualified applicants will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

It is the policy of the California State University to fill vacant positions represented by the California State University Employees' Union (CSUEU) with qualified applicants currently employed on the campus. Other applicants may be selected when it is necessary to meet the best interests of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from campus applicants.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about these proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

Further, California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

General Information:
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high-quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines, at the doctoral level. The current student enrollment is approximately 24,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, educational institutions, industry, business and government. The University was one of the first U.S. Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


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