Piano Technician

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Bard CollegePiano TechnicianEmployer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/101253
Bard College seeks a Piano Technician to execute tuning, regulation, voicing, repairs, action refurbishing, preventative maintenance, and other duties in order to maintain Bard College’s piano inventory at an optimal level.

Bard College has a piano fleet of approximately 100 pianos, which supports a wide range of educational programs and professional performing arts organizations, including The Bard Conservatory of Music, Bard Undergraduate Music Program, Bard SummerScape, Bard Music Festival. This position is supervised directly by the director of the Bard Conservatory of Music and works closely with the executive directors of the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and the Bard Music Festival.

Duties include:
  • Maintaining the pianos to all practice and performance standards to meet the requirements of faculty, students, and guest artists.
  • Creating and maintaining an individualized service rotation schedule based upon the needs of the instruments, the faculty, and the students, fulfilling special requests as needed.
  • Preparing concert hall pianos for all performances on a regular schedule.
  • Maintaining a database of maintenance records for each piano.
  • Communicating with upper administration about the college’s long-term piano maintenance needs. Scheduling and overseeing piano work done by outside contractors for the purposes of repair, rebuilding, refinishing, and supplemental tuning.
  • Doing basic harpsichord tuning and maintenance (or overseeing that work to be done by outside contractors.)
  • Overseeing and scheduling the moving of pianos.
  • Engaging in continuing professional training and education in order to maintain and develop skills.
  • Documentation of specialized training in piano maintenance, preferably from a recognized school of piano maintenance.
  • Demonstrated expertise in concert quality tuning.
  • Demonstrated skill in repairing keyboard problems ranging from the common to the complex, including voicing, regulation and rebuilding required.
  • Membership in the Piano Technicians Guild is desirable.
  • Ability to support the unique technical demands of student, faculty and guest artists.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the broad and diverse constituencies of Bard College.
  • Availability to do evening and weekend work as required by concert and event scheduling.
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume and the contact information for three references by following this link on Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/101253

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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