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Piano Player in the Griffin Piano Lounge

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ORGANIZATION: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

  • 8 people are interested

Purpose and Responsibilities of Position: The Pianist position enhances our guests’ experience in  two important ways: providing ambiance in The Museum Café via the playing of the historical piano and allowing the opportunity to share the piano’s rich history with museum guests. Pianists will have an initial briefing of the piano’s history and care by the Curator of Collections, Linda Moore. Following the initial briefing, players will report to the Visitor Experience Coordinator and Managers during their regular shifts. Between playing, we ask that players to be available to answer guests’ questions.

Teens ages 14- 17 please complete a Teen Application; Adults 18 and up please complete an Adult Application through FCMoD’s website.

History of the piano: This grand piano, with its distinctive bird’s eye maple veneer, was designed and built by William Knabe & Co. in the 1890s and was displayed at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Prominent Fort Collins residents Abner Loomis, Frank Miller, Sr., F.W. Sherwood, and Peter Anderson purchased it and donated it to the Fort Collins Elk’s Club. After years in the Elk’s Club Lodge, the piano found a new home at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. It has been refinished and restored by Chris Finger Pianos in Niwot, CO. The greatest care was taken to make this instrument sound as good (if not better) than when it was originally built. It is regularly tuned and cared for by a professional.

Guidelines for playing the Knabe piano:

  • Open lid while playing, close once playing session is over
  • No food or beverages on or around the piano
  • No tip jars

Skills, knowledge, and qualities needed:

  • Piano players must be at least 14 years old
  • An at least intermediate piano playing skill level is requested
  • Open to all genres of piano music, but must be able to play softly as many meetings take place in The Museum Café

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About Fort Collins Museum of Discovery


408 Mason Court, Fort Collins, CO 80524, US

Mission Statement

The museum creates meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.


Combining science with history and culture, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) connects you to a deeper understanding of your world and your place in it, from our local community to the global community beyond. FCMoD is a place where people can come together for shared events and experiences, a place for building community while providing inspiration and insight. This is the vision of the FCMoD, to create meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community


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408 Mason CtFort Collins, CO 80524



  • People Skills
  • Music Arts
  • String Instrument
  • Customer Service


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Pianists will have one-hour shifts, broken up into ~20-minute periods of playing with breaks. Collectively, FCMoD would like the piano to be played a few days a week from 11-12 and 1-2 (with the potential for flexibility on time).
  • The Curator of Collections will provide volunteer players with a briefing about the piano in person and a short-written version of its history and significance prior to the start of their first shift. Intermediate to advanced piano skills preferred.

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