Collaborative Pianist/Piano Accompanist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) has 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as 40 adjunct faculty.

The University Center for the Arts is a nationally recognized state-of the art 350,000 square foot facility, that includes a 550-seat concert hall, a 275-seat organ and chamber music recital hall, a 320-seat thrust theatre, a 100-seat black box theatre, a 200-seat dance theatre, dedicated rehearsal, production and research spaces, along with classrooms, labs and practice rooms.

Colorado State University (CSU) is a land grant institution with a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 students in over 150 programs, and a faculty numbering 1,700. The College of Liberal Arts, within which the school is located, is the largest college in the University.

CSU is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a beautiful city of 150,000 located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Outside magazine has named Fort Collins an “editor’s choice” for its “America’s Best Towns 2013” edition.

Colorado State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Position Summary

This salaried, part-time adjunct faculty position provides collaborative piano support to instrumental majors in CSU’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Pianists would be required to perform with students for studio classes, master classes, performances, competitions, and juries. Some evening or weekend work will be necessary. This position is 50% FTE, and is eligible for benefits such as health insurance, paid sick leave (a full list of benefits is available at:


  1. Rehearse and perform with instrumental students for lessons, performances, studio classes, master classes, competitions, and juries (95%)
  2. Accompany for auditions as requested (5%)


  1. Have experience with traditional and contemporary instrumental repertoire
  2. Sight-read / learn quickly
  3. Have an awareness of stylistic concerns throughout the instrumental repertoire
  4. Guide musical decisions through references to musical devices, such as phrase, pitch, register, etc.
  5. Communicate with faculty, supervisors, staff, and students
  6. Coordinate schedule daily and weekly throughout the semester

All candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance or Collaborative Piano with evidence of significant accompanying experience (at least 5 years).

Preferred Job Qualifications

Master’s in Collaborative Piano
Master’s in Piano Performance with evidence of significant accompanying experience (at least 2 years)

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application procedure:

Submit a cover letter

Submit an updated CV / Resume including contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Via the “other” field requirement, please upload a word document or .pdf file with links to audio / video recordings of recent collaborative performances.

All materials must be submitted digitally.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category MU272/472/672 Applied Lessons and MU471 Recital Duty/Responsibility

Rehearse and perform with students for lessons, performances, studio classes, master classes, competitions, and juries

Percentage Of Time 95 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Auditions Duty/Responsibility

Accompany for auditions as requested