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Dance Accompanist Intern - 1 or 2 semester(s) - (Academy)

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen, Michigan
8,500 per semester includes room and board
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Interlochen Arts Academy seeks a dedicated, emerging and eager classically based pianist who is at the beginning of their career in dance accompaniment for ballet, repertoire and contemporary and collaborative dance techniques. The dance division is embarking on an exciting chapter in its history as it moves into a brand-new dance center featuring four large studios overlooking Green Lake, all featuring grand pianos and state of the art audio equipment. Under the mentorship of the Head of Music for Dance, this internship presents a unique opportunity for practice and growth for any musician who aspires to accompany dance classes and rehearsals for companies and schools and/or conduct for large scale and chamber sized dance productions. 

Position Summary:

This one semester or possibly a 2 semester position is ideal for a recent university graduate or current university graduate student seeking invaluable hands-on experience in music for dance. Ideal candidates should have a basic familiarity with classical ballet repertoire and a willingness to learn new dance repertoire as deemed appropriate and needed for the program’s rehearsals and performances. Candidates may also have teaching opportunities with dance students along with opportunities to perform in productions as well. The internship presents a wealth of learning opportunities along with possibilities to meet numerous guest instructors, choreographers and stagers from dance organizations across the globe.

Interlochen can provide on-campus housing, access to breakfast, lunch and dinner at Stone Cafeteria and a monthly stipend plus health benefits for this unique opportunity. Interlochen Arts Academy may provide a semester narrative evaluation if a candidate is eligible to receive credit from their university for this position. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, source, arrange and play music for classical ballet, character, pas de deux, variations, pointe and technique for the male dancer classes for both majors and elective course offerings

  • Provide music, largely of an improvisatory nature, for accompanying contemporary technique classes in tandem with instructor of contemporary dance 

  • Learn scenes and dances from classical ballets in our repertory and play them for rehearsals in the studio and on stage. Examples of recent ballets include: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Raymonda.

  • Work with the Director of Dance, Orchestra Conductor and Music Librarian to edit and prepare music for ballets. This might involve assisting at orchestral rehearsals, keeping track of music cuts and interpolations, etc.

  • Help edit recordings of music for dance performances

  • Organize and maintain a library of music for rehearsals and classes.

  • Assist with training student accompanists. 

  • Assist in preparing materials for lectures on music for dance 

  • Prioritizes duties in a manner consistent with organizational objectives and growth.

For a complete job description and to apply, go to  Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest indicating current experience and future aspirations in dance and accompaniment.
  • Resume
  • Video clip of your piano performance

Required Experience:

Education:  Bachelor Degree preferred or near completion.

Experience:  Emerging and eager classically based pianist who is at the beginning of their career in dance accompaniment for ballet, repertoire and contemporary and collaborative dance techniques

Equipment Familiarity: Basic technology skills needed - email and google suite 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Strong organization skills

  • Enthusiasm for work with highly skilled, pre-professional teenagers

  • Excellent sight-reading abilities

Work Environment: 

Work if performed primarily in a standard office and dance room environment with extensive internal and external stakeholder contact. 


Health, dental and vision insurance

Employer paid and voluntary life insurance

Employer paid short and long-term disability

Employee development & tuition reimbursement programs

Sick Time 

Employee discounts to Interlochen events and performances



World-class educational and cultural opportunities converge on our glorious, 1,200-acre campus through Interlochen Arts Camp, our immersive and multidisciplinary summer arts program; Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation’s premier arts boarding high school; Interlochen Presents, a producer of more than 600 annual performances by internationally celebrated guest artists Interlochen students, and faculty, and  Interlochen College of Creative Arts, a convener for continuing arts education and lifelong learning. Interlochen Online brings the Interlochen experience into the homes of emerging artists around the world, and Interlochen Public Radio broadcasts classical music, local news, and cultural programs far and wide.

Interlochen alumni from around the world lead vibrant, purposeful lives in the arts and beyond, having developed confidence and perspective within our diverse and inclusive community. The Interlochen experience equips young people with an enduring skill: the creative capacity to make a positive impact on their world.

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