Reporting to the Director of the Music Performance Program, the Piano Tuner regularly tunes approximately 60 pianos across campus, giving priority and additional care to concert and classroom instruments.
Update and submit weekly activity logs to the Director of MPP.
Maintain reports on the overall state of the instruments.
Identify and report back repairs that need to be made.
Purchase relevant supplies as needed.
Contact outside vendors for services that cannot be done in-house.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
2 years of related experience.
5 years of experience in concert tuning.
Registered Piano Technician (RPT).
Strong preference given to technicians with the knowledge of the Disklavier.
Must be able to competently perform piano tuning (unaided by electronics), service and repair, has the knowledge of piano design, tuning theory, repair techniques and various other topics relevant to piano technology.
Must demonstrate professional-level skills in assembling and regulations of a grand and a vertical piano action.
Must also demonstrate facility in various common repairs involving wood, cloth, felt, piano wire and other materials commonly used in pianos (e.g.: pedal regulation, changing strings, filing, juicing and replacing hammers, etc.)
Must be a team player with a professional attitude, independent problem solving skills, clear written and spoken communication, fluency in Microsoft Excel, and prompt email communication.
Weekends and early morning availability required for classroom piano preparation. Evening availability expected on the dates of scheduled department events requiring piano preparation.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 505355
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