PRINCIPAL MUSICIAN - 25866-1A
Posted: October 21, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionPosition Summary:
The UCI Department of Dance was founded on the principle that aspiring professionals need substantial experience in more than one form of dance and at least one academic area to succeed in the field of dance. Our vision is to inspire and prepare the next generation of dance professionals. Our department is one of the largest and most comprehensive university dance programs in the United States. Our philosophy embraces dance in its many forms, and we offer multiple levels of ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, and a changing selection of world dance forms. Our wide-ranging array of courses include dance history, critical issues in dance, research methods, kinesiology, injury prevention and dance science, choreography, video choreography, dance and video technology, music, dance management, Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, repertory, performance, and special course offerings. We believe that student choreography, teaching, and scholarship benefit from exposure to many styles and approaches. The result is a stimulating, well-rounded educational experience.
This position is for a limited appointment accompanist who will provide live music for Modern Dance classes levels II, III, and IV.
Advanced ability to play a variety of percussion instruments.
Outstanding improvisational ability.
Knowledge of a wide range of styles of music for dance.
Ability to effectively communicate with instructor and follow directions.
Ability to play a range of tempos and meters, including odd meters.
Ability to adapt quickly to changes in tempo, meter and style as required by the instructor
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Advanced degree preferred.
Previous experience playing for modern dance classes at university level.
Familiarity with virtual instruments or synthesizers, and ability to play soundscapes/non-rhythmic ambient textures when the instructor requires.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.