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music artist


Seattle, WA


45000 - 43495 USD ANNUAL

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Eduardo M. Peñalver

Unknown / Non-Applicable

College / University



Job Description

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Months Per Year: 10

Employment Status: Full-Time

Work Model: Hybrid Available

Seattle University will be one of the most innovative and progressive Jesuit and Catholic universities in the world, educating with excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. We embrace an intersectional framework for defining diversity in its broadest sense, including differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability. Seattle University strives to be a welcome, open and safe campus climate for all who learn, live and work at Seattle University.

Position Description

Job Summary: Reporting to the Music Program Director and as a part of the Seattle University Department of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership, this position offers essential musical, artistic and operational support to the Music Program and BA Interdisciplinary Arts in Music degree.

About the Program: Seattle University Music is part of the Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes Music, Theater and Arts Leadership. SU Music serves a broad cross-section of students and community members from all disciplines and supports the BA Interdisciplinary Arts in Music degree program with specializations in both vocal and instrumental music. The program encompasses three choral ensembles and a wide range of music courses including music theory, ear training, music history, group piano, world music, chamber music, sound & audio production, and others. Private lessons are offered in voice, guitar, piano and strings. With a vibrant calendar of performances, guest artists and collaborations each year, we are a community of active scholar-artist-teachers committed to providing transformational artistic and educational experiences to the Seattle University community.

Essential Job Functions: The essential functions are divided into two categories: musical and operational.

Duties & Responsibilities:

70% Musical

  • Accompany rehearsals, classes, performances and liturgical events as assigned.

30% Operational

  • Provide effective support to Music program & BA INTA MUSC major, directed by Music Program Director and in collaboration with PAAL Operations Manager, to include but not limited to:
  • Point person to oversee piano donations & care of departmental pianos

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in piano or equivalent professional experience. Must be available to play piano for rehearsals and performances of individual students and ensembles; schedule to be arranged quarterly in coordination with the Music Program Director. Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision – self-directed and self-starting. Comfort working with a wide range of student experience levels, from beginner to advanced.
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate advanced ability in piano playing, a facility for accompanying other musicians and ensembles. Strong music sight-reading skills are essential. Ability to follow quick transitions within rehearsals. High level of preparation. Demonstrates musicianship, including steady rhythm, strong aural skills and keyboard technique. Advanced rehearsal support, including being with a conductor without delay, giving pitches ahead of being given cues, and anticipating what sections need support and providing it without instruction. Being prepared to play at performance tempo at first rehearsal. Ability to play reduced accompaniment and open score parts interchangeably. Demonstrated ability to lead small and large group sectionals and rehearsals as needed.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to assess quality and condition of campus (or potential donated) pianos and make recommendations about their placement and care. Works with PAAL Operations Manager to schedule tunings, repairs with piano technician.
  • All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the University’s mission and vision. Integrity and a commitment to excellence are important values for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with MS Word, Outlook. Fluency with Canva and social media post management. Experience supervising task-oriented student workers for short and long-term goals. Background in choral music and/or knowledge of vocal technique, ability to easily transpose, harmonize and improvise a bonus. Demonstrated interpersonal composure and flexibility in dealing with people and schedules.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

Work is performed in a classroom or office setting. Option for flexible/remote administrative work. Minimal local travel to concert sites.


This job description is intended to provide an overview of the purpose of this role and its duties and responsibilities. The description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the work to be performed. Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time; or the scope of the job may be altered based on need. Nothing included in this description alters the at-will employment relationship between you and the University.

Application Instructions

Please attach a cover letter with your resume when applying. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.

Compensation at a Glance:

Salary Range: $43,495 - $45,000

Seattle University has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, and not based on a candidate’s gender or any other protected status.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Seattle University provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your total compensation package.

Benefits at a Glance:

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit values, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental, and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage. Plan for your future with up to a 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits, comprised of a 5% nonelective employer contribution and an additional dollar-for-dollar match of your voluntary contributions up to a maximum of 5%. You may also take advantage of 100% paid tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with free access to an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Holiday break closure in December, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at:

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