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Ballet Pianist, Anyone – Again?

In Jan 2007, I wrote a post looking for ballet pianist.

One year on, the situation remains the same.

There are some positive responses since that post. I have had one pianist who had taken up and played for a few classes, before she decided to return to Hong Kong for good to pursue further studies. There are several enquiries, one of which came to the ballet classes to watch how the sessions are conducted.

No matter how hard I convince them that they will be given ample time to practice the pieces, the response has been, in one word, bad.

Doesn’t anyone play piano in Singapore? Or should I rephrase: won’t anyone who takes piano lessons willing to play scores other than the exam syllabus?

Not to brag, but it took me about 30 cumulative hours to practice the new RAD music syllabus and play decently for class and for exams. That’s about 120 individual pieces, short (16 bars) and long (64 bars). My sight-reading is not good at all, and I cannot play a song without playing it through at least twice. I bluff in sight-reading, and in music accompaniment, bluffing is better than not playing in time or worse, not at all.

Imagine if you are a sight-reading talent, you would have no problems learning the scores and earn some cash.

Even if you are not, you will be given ample time to learn the scores. If you need one year to learn, fine. See you in 2009. At least I know you can start in 2009. If the person who responded in 2007 had started practicing then, he/she could have started playing for classes NOW.

Am I looking at the wrong places? I’m sure there is some local community or forums full of pianists desperately looking for pianist jobs, and they would be lamenting why it’s so hard to find pianists job in Singapore. Haha.

Please, just refer this post to anyone you know who plays the piano. Perhaps it will lead to somewhere.

By the way, it’s a skill and experience that can take you a long way. I know, because I have played for 14 years.

13 comments
  1. tania

    hi. i first came across your blog while searching for pictures on marina city park, which has regrettably been closed down for upgrading. i play the piano too and would like to have more details regarding this opportunity. thanks. 🙂

    tystania@hotmail.com

  2. Anonymous

    hi, i have been a ballet pianist at the Singapore Ballet Academy (Fort Canning)before, really enjoyed myself! recently, i became a choir accompanist, its cool to share music with others! i am learning to make the piano “sing” better each day!!!

    i can play-at-sight any scores before me. Please contact zoe at 193.952@gmail.com (i am in need of extra cash, any other pianist jobs on offer?)

  3. Anonymous

    Hi there. I’m deeply interested to become a ballet pianist. I had a freelance job before as one back in Indonesia. I’ve moved to Singapore now and would still like continue doing the same thing.

    Hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    jeanette_hadi@hotmail.com

    Jeanette

  4. Nabillah

    Hi there.

    Currently, I have just finished my ‘O’ Level Examinations and am waiting for my results. I am interested to get a job as a pianist. Do you, by any chance, know of any job opportunities that might be suitable for me? I have a grade 8 ABRSM practical, a grade 5 ABRSM theory and also took Music as an O Level subject. Recently, I performed for the Yamaha High Scorers Concert.

    You can contact me via email at nabillahjalal@gmail.com

    Hope to hear from you soon!

  5. Anonymous

    hi, do you still need a pianist and what time are your classes? I obtained my grade 8 some years back, a bit rusty, but can practice. doing this for interest. pls contact me at cylsim@gmail.com

  6. Anonymous

    I just found this, and obviously i'm a few years late on this one. I've played for ballet and modern dance classes for 22 years, starting when i was 18 yrs old, and absolutely love it. Please contact me at otisgray@yahoo.com, and i will send you my resume.

  7. hfthang

    Hi there,

    From the look of this post, I am three years too late. But if you are still looking for a ballet pianist by any chance, please drop me an email at huifen.thang@gmail.com!

    I love sight-reading new pieces. Have taken higher music as a curriculum subject, gave piano lessons and performed at some public venues in singapore.

    Looking forward to your reply! 🙂

  8. Anonymous

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you are still looking for a ballet piano accompanist. I just graduated from the University of Sydney, Conservatorium of Music in performance studies and would love to play for you if you are still interested. Ive attained my Associate and taking my licentiate at the end of this year. Please email me at soopy88@gmail.com for more details.

    Would love to hear from you soon,

    Eleanor

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