Music Associate/Collaborative Pianist

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Music Associate/Collaborative Pianist Department: Department of Music Date: 04/19/2019 POSITION VACANCY

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:

Department of Music
Part-Time, Hourly, Support Staff Appointment
The Department of Music invites applications for a part-time, collaborative pianist position beginning in September 1, 2019. The pianist will provide accompaniment for the Colby College Choral program and for student instrumentalists and vocalists studying in the applied music program during the academic year. On occasion, they may be required to provide accompaniment for faculty performances, other department ensembles, and campus functions.

Hours will vary between 6 - 8 hours per week at the beginning of the semester to 20+ hours per week in the latter part of each semester. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Play piano for all rehearsals and concerts for the Colby College Choral program
  • Direct sectional rehearsals and other sessions as needed in the choral ensembles
  • Play with music department ensembles (orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band) as needed
  • Provide accompaniments for students studying in the applied music program, attend rehearsals, lessons and perform in department/studio recitals and auditions
  • Perform in campus functions that are supported by the Department of Music
  • Teach piano and other keyboard instruments in the applied music program as needed
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent in education and experience; an advanced degree is desirable
  • Ability to play and perform on a professional level in all musical styles
  • Talent to learn music quickly and perform at a high level with minimal rehearsal
  • Strong sight-reading skills including the ability to read choral scores
  • Ability to be musically flexible in rehearsals and performance and to be able to adapt quickly to interpretations that may differ from what was prepared
  • Strong teaching skills on keyboard instruments
  • Talent to work professionally with ensemble directors and faculty/staff in the Department of Music as well as other campus departments
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a high level of motivation
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to balance a flexible work schedule

This position has significant interactions with students, faculty, staff, and other community members, particularly those involved with music at Colby.

General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional lifting is required. Based on the position, repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.
Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume including audio or video links to two or three performances (can be collaborative or solo performances), and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:
Music Associate/Collaborative Pianist - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

If you experience difficulty uploading your documents, you may submit any .doc or .pdf materials to [email protected] Please do not submit duplicate materials.

To apply electronically send to [email protected]. If you choose to apply electronically you do not need to send duplicate copies by U.S. Mail. If your electronic materials are unreadable we will notify you promptly.

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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Posted: 4/20/2019
Application Due: 6/11/2019
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