Student Assistants - Job Descriptions

Student Assistants in the School of Music carry out a wide variety of tasks, most of which are related to concert performances. If you are interested in working as a student assistant, you can choose the areas of responsibility that suit you. The four basic jobs are described below.

Box Office Clerk

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Sell tickets and merchandize for performances in D F Cook Recital Hall and Petro-Canada Hall using a cash register.
  • Maintain accurate records, keep track of cash, cheques and tickets.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Attention to detail
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Honest and responsible
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Punctual
  • Polite and presentable

TRAINING

  • Cash handling and reporting

BENEFITS AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Free attendance at Music at Memorial Concerts at the end of your shift.
  • Develop communication skills, dealing with customers, working under pressure.

Usher

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Take tickets on admission to concerts, be a face for the School of Music for inquiries, to admit latecomers and in case of emergency to assist.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Personable but authoritative disposition
  • Keep a clear head in the case of emergencies
  • Responsible

TRAINING

  • Emergency procedures

BENEFITS AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop people and communication skills
  • First aid training

Stage Hand/Stage Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Manage the preparation of the stage for performance, handle stage changes, assist the sound technician in the set up and break down of the PA system
  • Operate the lighting board.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Familiar with all stage equipment including lights, acoustic shell, acoustic banners, risers, moving the organ and pianos.
  • Capable of planning stage changes, and executing them in a professional manner.
  • Be aware of safety at all times
  • Good communication and concentration skills

TRAINING

  • Operating and setting the lighting board
  • Moving the piano
  • Planning your stage changes
  • PA set up basics
  • Moving the shell and risers without injuring yourself
  • Operating the acoustic banners

BENEFITS AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop planning and stage management skills
  • Training on the lighting board and effective moving/stage planning

A/V Technician

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Record performances using audio and video equipment available
  • Operate house PA system
  • Set up projection systems and operate
  • Assist in operation of video conferencing equipment

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in sound recording and video recording
  • Ability to pick up technical processes and equipment
  • Attention to detail and safety
  • Capable of meeting deadlines and seeing a project through from start to finish.
  • Capable of working under pressure

TRAINING

  • Audio/Video recording/editing software (ProTools, Sound Forge, Nero, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio)
  • Hardware systems – ADAT, SoundCraft Mixer, other mixers, Digi 002R, Control 24, Video Camera, house speaker and monitor systems.
  • Techniques (mixing, live PA, choosing a microphone)
  • Lighting board

BENEFITS AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop recording and listening skills that benefit all musicians
  • Work with students “freelance”
  • Learn a range of technologies to help you develop your future.
  • Attendance Credit for concerts that you work that are part of the Required Concert list.
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