The Music Division of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BCB) is seeking collaborative pianists to accompany voice students in private lessons, recital rehearsals and performances, concerto competitions, and juries. Accompanists may also collaborate with faculty and students on studio classes/concerts, visiting artist recitals, special faculty-led concerts, and auditions.
Music Division Accompanists work with students who are training to become professional musicians and mentoring is an important part of the everyday duties. Just as we expect our students to perform at an ever-increasing level, our accompanists are expected to be highly proficient and talented performers that can react in real-time to student and faculty cues and expression. They are expected to take a collaborative approach to their work with students, guiding them in the preparation of their pieces and advising them on how to professionally work with another musician (including but not limited to cueing, rehearsal time management, tempo management, matching pitch, and selecting repertoire). Staff Accompanists will also act as guides and inspiration for student employee accompanists who are refining their skills as collaborative pianists.
This is a part-time position with up to 20-25 hours a week depending on need and availability during the academic year.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Accompany students during lessons, rehearsals, recitals, and juries
Participate in Music Division performances and/or additional rehearsals
Accompany Visiting Artist concerts, clinics, and workshops
Ability to be flexible with hours, including occasional nights/weekends
Mentor students in professional conduct with collaborators and provide a good model to student employee accompanists
Advanced classical piano technique
Advanced sight-reading ability
Advanced skill in arranging music for vocalists
Basic improvisational technique but a preference will be given to those with advanced improvisational skills in classical and other styles
Superior collaborative playing skills and the ability to artistically respond in real-time to their student counterpart
Ability to transpose on the spot highly desired
Bachelor's in Music Performance or Collaborative Piano, Advanced degree preferred
2+ years of classical performance experience
2+ years of experience accompanying choirs
4+ years of experience accompanying vocalists
Experience arranging music for vocalists
Experience playing piano reductions of opera scores and coaching and/or working with musicians in higher education a plus
All classes and lessons are faculty-led
Classrooms are equipped with acoustic pianos (upright, baby grand, or grand)
Accompanists actively give constructive feedback to BCB students with deference to the direction and guidance of the faculty member leading the class/lesson.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Employee Type: Temporary (Fixed Term)
Internal Number: R0000726
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.