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Dance Class Accompanist and Music Manager

Vassar College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Vassar College

Dance Class Accompanist and Music Manager

Department: Dance Department
Duration of Position: Academic year / Part time
Work Schedule:
Employee Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 06/06/2023
Union Representation: Not Applicable
Posting Number: AS387P
Pay Rate:

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented groups.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
  • Accompany weekly studio classes such as ballet, pointe, jazz and modern with a thorough knowledge of the specialized music skills needed to accompany such classes.
  • Willingness to rehearse with faculty and/or students outside of scheduled lesson times.
  • Willingness to assist rehearsal directors and choreographers with rehearsal leadership
  • Collaborate with music faculty for additional performance project.
  • Regular practice to maintain and improve pianistic skills.
  • Research, obtain and rehearse music required by rehearsal director or choreographer and practice piece until a thorough mastery of the music is achieved.
  • Edit all music for multiple dance performances each year, work with Theater Director to ensure music quality for performances.
  • Stay abreast of new music editing technology and update the department's music editing software as needed.
  • Advise and work with faculty and students regarding music selection.
  • Compile new music scores for our music library.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This is a part-time, academic year position, up to 30 hours per week. This position is benefit eligible.

  • Documented experience as an accompanist (in dance class) and/or performer with two or more years of experience
  • Advanced piano playing and a broad knowledge of musical styles
  • Ability to sight read
  • Thorough knowledge of piano repertoire
  • Demonstrated knowledge of music theory including fundamentals for musical periods
  • Knowledge of historical performance practices and styles related to piano technique.
  • Ability to choose appropriate music as instructor sets exercise during class and to respond immediately when asked to find an alternative choice of music
  • Ability to improvise in classical or contemporary styles appropriate to the classes being taught
  • Ability to memorize, prepare, and adapt musical selections for classwork, class projects, and performances.
  • Knowledge of terminology relating to ballet, jazz and modern dance
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with choreographers, students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to clearly communicate orally and in writing and to follow routine verbal and written instructions
  • Willingness to assist rehearsal directors and choreographers with rehearsal leadership
  • Must be able to work on short notice if needed
  • Ability to represent Vassar College Dance Department in a friendly, courteous and professional manner, while maintaining a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.

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