Some of you saw my post on Facebook that I recently won the bid to service 260 pianos on BYU campus (it actually turned out to be 270!) So let me clarify: I will not be replacing the very competent full-time salaried piano technicians at BYU Piano Shop. They are responsible for all pianos owned by the School of Music. The 260 pianos I will be over are all those NOT owned by the School of Music around campus (including the Missionary Training Center).
Pretty exciting, eh?! Yep I’m stoked – and I pray that I can provide the same high level service in a timely manner as I have been able to do up to this point!
So here’s the full(er) story:
On May 16th I received a call from the BYU Purchasing Department. The purchasing agent said that BYU is looking for a piano technician who would work as a contractor to BYU to service 260 pianos 4 times per year.
“That’s like 1000 tunings per year – pretty much a full time job,” I thought. She confirmed that was the case – a big job for anyone!
First I felt excitement, then fear, then wonder, then faith: “Yes I would be interested in submitting a proposal,” I said. There were a handful of other technicians also being considered.
I submitted a proposal and then on Thursday, June 6th (which happened to be the anniversary of D-Day), I got the call. “We’ve accepted your proposal to serve as the BYU Contract Technician on these 260 pianos.” I may share the responsibilities with another tuner, but I’ll still perform somewhere between 500-750 tunings…that’s a lot.
Yes, Thursday was a happy day. I think it will turn out to be a very beneficial win-win arrangement. That is my intention.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PRIVATE TUNING CLIENTELE:
I am still running my private tuning business as well – so you can expect the same prompt and courteous service my clients have come to appreciate. BYU is just part of the work I’m doing – a large part, yes, but a part nevertheless. So still reach out with piano service questions and requests. Either I, or one of my partner technicians, will be happy to serve your piano needs. (just be easy on me if I don’t respond in the first 10 seconds of getting your email or txt! 🙂 :))