Piano Technician
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
10d ago

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at : .

Reporting to the Assistant Chair, Administration of the Department of Music and in consultation with the Department Chair, the piano technician undertakes complete responsibility for the maintenance and care of the department’s approximate 100 keyboard instruments.

Attention to detail and the ability to interpret artistic needs are paramount. The Department of Music depends on the piano technician to perform duties at the highest level to maintain the artistic integrity required of its faculty and students in their academic pursuits.

The position requires demonstrable skill and intense concentration in fast paced, high volume work setting. The ability to manage multiple priorities is critical.

The piano technician must also exhibit excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism in all aspects of communication.

Duties :

Tuning and reconditioning

  • All keyboard instruments require regular maintenance in order to keep them in musically acceptable condition for their usable life span.
  • The piano technician has the sole responsibility for maintenance schedules; tuning, voicing and regulating each instrument;
  • initiating all repairs; and, reconditioning instruments when required.

    Concert preparation with artistic sensibility

  • The Department of Music hosts more than 150 concerts, recitals and special events every year. Faculty, staff and renowned visiting artists expect the University to provide a technician who can modify the instrument to suit their personal tastes and performance criteria.
  • The technician must interact with all performers and demonstrate the capability to assess and meet their technical needs in advance of the performance.

    Inventory management and maintenance budget

  • The technician must manage the keyboard inventory by assessing the condition, monetary value and useful life of each piano in order to make recommendations on acquisitions and disposal.
  • These recommendations are based on budget availability, instrument condition, department needs and technical workloads.

    Rebuilding keyboard instruments

  • In order to extend the useful life of keyboard instruments, a regular program of partial and / or complete rebuild may be necessary during intersession months.
  • This includes both complete instrument rebuilding and / or partial rebuilding.

    Consulting on keyboard purchases and repair

  • The piano technician will provide consulting services both within the department and to the University at large and is required to sit on occupational health and safety committees as necessary.
  • Qualifications :

  • Minimum of 2 years of apprenticeship under a master technician
  • Certification with the Piano Technicians Guild
  • Current membership in good standing with the Canadian Association of Piano Technicians
  • Factory training at an established manufacturer (Steinway, Yamaha)
  • A diploma or degree in Music is considered an asset
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills along with established problem solving skills, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Availability to work irregular hours (evenings and weekends) as needed
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