Located in the heart of Baltimore's Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America's first academy of music. Today, through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory music and dance school, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level. Each year Peabody stages nearly 850 public concerts and performances. Peabody is one of the nine divisions that comprise the Johns Hopkins University.
Presently the Peabody Institute owns 250 pianos, 116 of which are Steinway Grand Pianos, for a total worth in excess of $2.5 million. The department presently consists of 2 full time technicians and part time support as needed.
This is a full time 12 month position with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University supporting both the Conservatory and the Preparatory of Music. As such the incumbent must be available to work evenings and weekends when required by the concert schedule.
Essential Job Duties:
Reporting to the supervisor of Concert Operations, and functioning as a member of the Piano Maintenance team the duties of the Piano Technician include:
Concert quality tuning, voicing, repair, action regulation, piano moving, cleaning, repair and restringing of pianos used for teaching, practice and performance.
Participates in moving pianos, or supervising piano movers, when needed.
Prepares pianos for rehearsals and performances meeting artist's standards.
Maintain contact with piano industry experts and remain abreast of market development and advances in latest technology practices.
Works with the members of the piano maintenance team to prioritize the needs of the department as well as the inventory and its use.
As a member of the piano maintenance team is responsible for the proper maintenance and care of all piano inventory
May assist in teaching and supervising student employees
Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
HS/GED required. Bachelors' degree strongly preferred. 3-5 years of experience to include concert level tuning, knowledge of grand and upright piano repair and maintenance; installation of action parts; action regulation; and voicing for professional musician standards.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must be able to tune aurally with accuracy and stability.
Expertise in concert level tuning.
Must be able to work some evenings and weekends according to the concert schedule; this will include working during the summer.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills to support working with students, faculty, dealers, donors and guest performers as necessary to perform the job.
Ability to participate in moving pianos with the assistance of equipment
RPT certification from the PTG- Piano Technician's Guild
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130... years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.