Accompanist, Dance / Musical Theatre

Point Park University   Pittsburgh, PA   Full-time     Education
Posted on June 17, 2022


Accompanist, Dance / Musical Theatre

(Full-Time, 12-Month Staff Position)


DEPARTMENT: Conservatory of Performing Arts

REPORTS TO: Accompanist Supervisor


REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent certification, specialized study and relevant experience), with minimum one year experience as a Dance pianist and Musical Theatre pianist; ability to work some evenings and weekends as scheduled. Candidates must have dance accompanying experience to be considered for this position. This is a non-teaching position.


SCHEDULE: Work schedule is 35 hours per week; approx. 25 hrs/wk in studio during fall and spring semesters and 20 hrs/wk in studio during summer semesters plus off-site research hours for selection of music and development of vocabulary of dance and musical theatre.



FUNCTION: Responsible for providing piano accompaniment for studio class work and for clarification and assistance with selection of appropriate music for Dance and Musical Theatre classes. Dance shall take preference over Musical Theatre for scheduling purposes.



  • Select music to artistically and technically stimulate dance students, utilizing excellent sight-reading and accompanying skills.
  • Oversee the efficient use of studio time by quickly and correctly selecting music.
  • Assist in clarifying rhythms, phrases and lengths of exercises.
  • Perform music suitable for Ballet, Folk, Character, Pointe, Male Technique, Variations, and Pas de Deux classes.
  • Develop the vocabulary of dance by observing/listening to other accompanists, by discussion with instructors, and by utilizing written, visual, and aural materials.
  • Assist dance instructors and dance accompanists in locating musical scores for classes, rehearsals, and/or performances.


DUTIES: Musical Theatre

  • Provide accompaniment for musical theatre classes.
  • Provide accompaniment for voice lessons.
  • Assist in clarifying pitch, rhythm, phrase, and style of music presented for study in musical theatre classes and lessons.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to (preferred) or mail to:  


Point Park University

Human Resources Office

201 Wood Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference – ACCOMPANIST – DANCE/MUSICAL THEATRE  - in the subject line.


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NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at for the status of the position and future opportunities. 


Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.