Accompanist Senior

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 14 Dec 2023


Campus: Tempe

Accompanist Sr

Job Description

ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre is seeking applications for a 50 percent staff position focused on dance class accompaniment and willing to facilitate Sound and Media technology. The position will work with Production Management, and the Instructional Specialist Sr to coordinate and ensure the readiness of sound and media elements for productions within the Dance Program's performance and rehearsal venues, as well as additional outdoor performance spaces. The Accompanist Sound and Media Sr will manage inventories, maintain Dance facilities equipment, and assist with specific materials and procedures needed for productions.

Job Family

Theatrical & Public Events



Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$20.20 - $22.00 per hour; DOE

Close Date


Essential Duties

  • Provides percussion as well as other musical accompaniment for majors and/or non-majors dance classes.
  • Assists in oversight and maintenance of all sound and media production-related equipment.
  • Willing to manage sound and media equipment inventories and organization
  • Proactively addresses maintenance of sound system and musician areas in dance studios to remove clutter and facilitate access and use.
  • Attends production and departmental meetings when needed.
  • Assists the Instructional Specialist Sr to coordinate and ensure the readiness of sound and media elements for productions and classes.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years experience in the selection and arrangement of musical compositions; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of musical repertoire. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of musical arrangement and composition. 
  • Experience in playing appropriate instruments. 
  • Ability to improvise music instantly (composing while performing) following dictated parameters given by class instructor in the moment.
  • Ability to vary approaches resulting in a variety of music styles and genres. 
  • Experience in following musical directions. 
  • Willingness to adjust hours schedule on occasion to accommodate periodic guest instruction, when possible, and for differences in semester class schedules. 
  • Basic knowledge of digital mixers, analog and digital consoles, and recording equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of microphones and communication systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of computer networking in theatrical settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital video systems for live events.
  • Knowledge of sound and media computer programs including but not limited to Dante, Qlab, DAW Softwares, Isadora, Resolume, and/ or Touch Designer.
  • An interest in innovative practices which broaden current notions of production for dance, and other live performance.
  • Experience in piano and percussion performance. 
  • Knowledge of musical repertoire.
  • Knowledge of musical arrangement and composition.
  • Skill in playing appropriate instrument.
  • Skill in following musical direction.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in multiple studio and theater spaces subject to extended periods of sitting.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Infrequent moving of tables, chairs, equipment.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 30 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

The Herberger Institute comprises the School of Art; School of Arts, Media and Engineering; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School; School of Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; and the ASU Art Museum. With 130 degree and certificate options, and programs ranked top 20 in art, design, music, theatre, digital culture, film, dance and more, plus a top university art museum, a leading immersive media facility, and national and international partnerships, the Herberger Institute is a powerhouse of art, culture and design. 

Our mission is to position designers, artists, scholars and educators at the center of public life and prepare them to use their creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges.

The vision of the Herberger Institute is to advance the New American University by embedding designers, artists and arts-based inquiry at its core and throughout the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally. With almost 8,000 students, more than 700 faculty members, and 130 program options, the Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school.

As part of Arizona State University, the most innovative university in the nation, the Herberger Institute seeks to drive and scale new ways for arts and design to have impact in our world. We invite you to join our work.

•             Creativity as a core 21st-century competency
•             Design and the arts as critical resources for transforming our society
•             Innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship
•             Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration and research
•             Social embeddedness
•             Projecting all voices
•             Excellence

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Flexible work options 

  • Alternative work schedules can include four, 10-hour workdays in a workweek; a nine-day, 80-hour schedule over two workweeks for exempt employees only; and staggered start and stop times.
  • Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required.

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

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