Piano Technician

Requisition #: 313135

Range: CF

Level: 2

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Status: Full Time

School: Peabody

Location: Peabody Institute

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Other

Contact: Human Resource Services: 443-997-5100

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General Description

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America’s first academy of music. Today, through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory music and dance school, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level. Each year Peabody stages nearly 850 public concerts and performances. Peabody is one of the nine divisions that comprise the Johns Hopkins University.

Presently the Peabody Institute owns 250 pianos, 116 of which are Steinway Grand Pianos, for a total worth in excess of $2.5 million. The department presently consists of 2 full time technicians and part time support as needed.

This is a full time 12 month position with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University supporting both the Conservatory and the Preparatory of Music. As such the incumbent must be available to work evenings and weekends when required by the concert schedule.

Essential Job Duties:

Reporting to the supervisor of Concert Operations, and functioning as a member of the Piano Maintenance team the duties of the Piano Technician include:

  • Concert quality tuning, voicing, repair, action regulation, piano moving, cleaning, repair and restringing of pianos used for teaching, practice and performance.
  • Participates in moving pianos, or supervising piano movers, when needed.
  • Prepares pianos for rehearsals and performances meeting artist’s standards.
  • Maintain contact with piano industry experts and remain abreast of market development and advances in latest technology practices.
  • Works with the members of the piano maintenance team to prioritize the needs of the department as well as the inventory and its use.
  • As a member of the piano maintenance team is responsible for the proper maintenance and care of all piano inventory
  • May assist in teaching and supervising student employees
  • Performs other relevant duties as assigned.


HS/GED required. Bachelors’ degree strongly preferred. 3-5 years of experience to include concert level tuning, knowledge of grand and upright piano repair and maintenance; installation of action parts; action regulation; and voicing for professional musician standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be able to tune aurally with accuracy and stability.
  • Expertise in concert level tuning.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends according to the concert schedule; this will include working during the summer.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to support working with students, faculty, dealers, donors and guest performers as necessary to perform the job.
  • Ability to participate in moving pianos with the assistance of equipment

Preferred Qualifications

RPT certification from the PTG- Piano Technician’s Guild

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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