Staff Collaborative Pianist, School of Arts and Letters

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May 23, 2022

The Truman State University Department of Music invites applications for the position of Staff Collaborative Pianist. This is a nine-month, renewable, benefits eligible position to begin August 2022.

Responsibilities to include:

  • Collaborate with vocal and instrumental students in lessons, juries, and recitals
  • Collaborate with faculty and guest artists in performance
  • Support ensemble performances as needed
  • Other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in collaborative piano or piano performance
  • Excellent collaborative performance skills
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to collegiality within the learning community

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ABD or doctorate in collaborative piano or piano performance
  • Extensive instrumental and vocal repertoire
  • Accompanying experience beyond graduate assistantship

Benefits: Truman offers an attractive benefits package including access to campus recreational facilities, tuition discounts, health, dental, and long-term disability insurance coverage, retirement benefits, and tickets to campus cultural and athletic events.

The Department of Music: The Department of Music offers degrees of Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, Master of Arts in Music (Conducting, Composition, Performance and Research emphases), and minors in Music, Jazz Studies, Musicology, and Musical-Theatre. Additionally, the Department provides content support for the Master of Arts in Education (MAE in Music) degree, the degree by which music students pursue certification to teach in the public schools. Seventeen full-time and six part-time faculty members provide instruction to approximately 135 majors studying music education, music therapy, vocal and instrumental performance, theory and composition, conducting and musicology. A full complement of ensembles provides training for students and cultural resources for the community. The music program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application: Applications may be completed electronically at or by email to; paper applications may be submitted by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.

Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications and summarizes applicant’s activity in the areas of interest
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Contact information for at least three references
  • Complete repertoire list (vocal and instrumental)
  • A document with links to videos of recent collaborative performances. Include at least one video with a vocalist and one with an instrumentalist.

Review of applications will begin June 6, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Eric Dickson,

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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