Piano Technician

Updated: 27 days ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS



Position Overview

The University of Kansas School of Music seeks a Piano Technician to execute the tuning, regulation, voicing, repairs, preventive maintenance and other duties to maintain the piano inventory at an optimal level.  Although inventory varies, approximately 135 instruments are in use at the Lawrence Campus.  The successful candidate will require education or experience in the field and be able to contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds. 

Job Description

95% Produce quality tunings and perform routine repairs, including string replacement and maintenance on a variety of piano brands. Perform concert preparation for performance pianos in the School of Music and other locations as needed. Perform fine regulation and voicing, cleaning, lubricating, aligning, leveling, hammer filing, traveling parts, etc. on University pianos, including those used for practice by our piano performance majors.  Documents and maintains records on repairs and maintenance activities.  Identify facility issues related to humidity and temperature which adversely impact the instrument longevity.

5% Other related tasks as assigned.

Position Requirements

Evening and weekend work may be required due to concert and event scheduling.  This position is located in-person/on-site at the Lawrence Campus supervised by the Dean of the Music School and may have the opportunity for a flexible work schedule.

Required Qualifications

  • Certification as a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) by the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG), or a minimum of 5 years experience in the tuning, repair, and maintenance of pianos in a full-time.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials, interview and references.
  • Experience in parts replacement of piano actions.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Additional certifications or continuing education in the field of piano technology is desired.
  • Ability to organize, schedule, assess, and manage a large and diverse piano inventory under high-use conditions.
  • Specialized training and/or experience with Steinway or harpsichord tuning/repair.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Robert Walzel

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete electronic application will include a detailed curriculum vitae or resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information (including email) for three references.

    Priority consideration given to applications received by July 1, 2021. Position will remain open until a qualified applicant pool is identified.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Commesurate with Experience

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    40 hours/week. Schedule to be determined between candidate and supervisor.
    Evening and weekend work may be required.

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    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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