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Collaborative Pianist (TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT)

Ventura County Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 27, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
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Collaborative Pianist (TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT)

Ventura County Community College District

Salary: $30.00 - $40.00 Hourly

Job Type:

Job Number: PE-004

Location: Moorpark College (Moorpark CA), CA

Department: MC - Student Learning

Closing: 9/29/2021 5:00 PM Pacific


Ventura County Community College District

Moorpark College

Department of Performing Arts

The Collaborative Pianist is responsible for assisting faculty by working with and coaching students, and providing piano accompaniment in rehearsals and performances.

Schedule: Approximately 20 hours per week, 10-month position, normally scheduled Monday through Friday, but may require work on evenings and weekends, depending upon music course offerings and productions. Daily starting and ending times may be irregular; shift may vary from day-to-day depending on programmatic requirements. For Fall 2021, the candidate should be available for courses scheduled on Mondays from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Thursdays from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., in addition to coachings and classes scheduled at various times throughout the week.

Starting Date: October 15, 2021

This position requires in-person and on-campus work. Accordingly, applicants are subject to the Ventura County Community College District Board Policy 3506. All individuals who access on-site campus/district programs in person or who participate in off-site district/college services in person must provide certification of having received an approved COVID-19 vaccine by October 15, 2021.

This is considered a provisional assignment. As such, employees hired in this capacity are considered at will and do not accrue property interest in the assignment.

Representative Duties

  • Sight read, improvise and compose music as necessary;
  • Transpose music from one key to another as required;
  • Perform written accompaniments of assigned repertoire with appropriate attention to stylistic intent;
  • Develop performance-level musical presentations;
  • Provide accompaniment at rehearsals;
  • Assist choral ensemble students in learning the assigned music with melodic and rhythmic accuracy;
  • Coach vocal and instrumental students in individual sessions or sessions with an applied instructor;
  • Coach students in proper interpretation of music;
  • Accompany voice classes in collaboration with a faculty member;
  • Play warm up exercises under direction of a faculty member;
  • Support students with accompaniments which enhance their performance;
  • Accompany soloists and ensembles at day and evening public performances throughout the year;
  • Maintain schedule of private coaching sessions and other rehearsals and performances as required;
  • Prepare repertoire for rehearsals and performance;
  • Create accompaniment tracks as necessary to accommodate remote or hybrid learning;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Working Relationships:
The Collaborative Pianist maintains frequent contact with Music Department faculty and students.

Working Conditions:
Subject to irregular work schedule as required by rehearsals and performances; subject to standing and sitting for extended periods of time (up to 2-3 hours); repetitive use of upper extremities including hand coordination activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Music and extensive knowledge, experience, and training as a choral, vocal, or instrumental collaborative pianist.

Ability to:
Provide piano accompaniment for vocal and instrumental students and ensembles; sight read music from many style periods or musical scores accurately and efficiently; transpose or improvise from a lead sheet; play a piano reduction from a full score as necessary; follow a conductor or soloist accurately; provide coaching to assist students in learning repertoire; plan, organize, and prioritize work; arrive on time to scheduled courses, coachings, and performances; understand and follow oral, written, or gestural directions; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Knowledge of:
Piano performance and accompaniment techniques; practices and techniques of vocal or instrumental coaching; principles and practices of sight reading; playing multiple vocal or instrumental parts from an open score without a notated piano reduction; interpretation, phrasing, and ornamentation appropriate to various musical styles.

Supplemental Information

To Apply:
Submit a resume, cover letter, a link to a video or audio recording of a piano performance (professional or home recordings are acceptable), and unofficial transcripts to Brandon Elliott at with the email subject line “Collaborative Pianist Application.” If the video or audio link exceeds five minutes, please specify a five-minute range that you would like the committee to review. If no time stamp is specified, the committee will only listen to the first five minutes.

Application Procedure:
Select applicants will be invited for an in-person audition on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Candidates must be available on this date to be considered for the position.

Application Deadline:
Completed applications must be received on or before Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 p.m. pacific time. Application materials received after the deadline date will not be considered.

The Ventura County Community College District ensures that all employees and applicants for positions will have equal opportunity for employment regardless of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, political beliefs, age, gender, religion, transgender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, and/or physical or mental disability.

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