Job Information

University of Utah Accompanist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/04/2022

Requisition Number PRN12797N

Job Title Accompanist

Working Title Accompanist

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 6

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Work schedule will depend on your availability. The job can be as little as 4 hours a week, but up to 18, depending on applicant’s schedule and departmental need. The most current information will be made available during the interview.

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00723 - Virginia Tanner Creative Dance

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.71 - 18.18

Close Date

Job Summary

Provide live musical accompaniment for children’s creative/ballet/modern dance classes at the Tanner Dance studio on the University of Utah campus and/or offsite at partner elementary schools throughout the Salt Lake Valley.


1. Accompany dance classes, workshops and rehearsals in a variety of musical genres and styles.

2. Maintain and continue to build musical improvisation skills and appropriate repertoire.

3. Find creative ways to match your music’s energy, accents, and phrasing to those of the dance movement.

4. Follow the dance teacher’s movement and voice for cues regarding tempo, accents, phrasing, energy shifts, starts and stops, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

Demonstrated proficiency in piano (preferably as an accompanist for a dance class), and demonstrated communications skills and a commitment to providing excellent customer service is required.


Proficiency in piano or other musical instrument accompaniment. Ability to improvise skillfully in a variety of musical styles. Music reading skills, and the ability to use written music as a springboard for improvisation. Ability to play music for long periods of time while remaining attentive, alert, and engaged with a dance class. Ability to quickly respond to verbal and visual cues and and incorporate directions into improvisational musical performances. Ability to take direction, work well with others, and communicate effectively with adults as well as children.

Additionally, previous experience as an accompanist for dance, choir, theatre or other ensemble rehearsals is a plus. Previous experience working in settings where musical improvisation and/or sight-reading is required is a plus.

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.