Worship Team Auditions

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Partnering With You In Ministry

We are truly excited you are considering the audition process with the Worship Team. As a church we want to empower you to serve the Lord in the area(s) He would gift you to serve. But, we want to inform you from the beginning that not all who audition will be added to our worship team roster. God has given each of us specific abilities that align with the calling He's given us. Our church leaders will go above and beyond to walk with each person, helping them to seek where they may be called to serve God. But, if you audition for the worship team and find that the worship team is not a good fit, it is important that you understand that you are uniquely and wonderfully made by the Lord. God will use every one of His children in wondrous ways, whether through worship music or otherwise.

So we encourage you to let us walk with you through the process. If the worship team is a good fit for you, then great. But if it's not, glory be to God because you are uniquely made to serve Him in another avenue and we would love to help you plug into that particular ministry.

Without further ado, let's start with what we are looking for when you come to audition for the Worship Team...

What We Are Looking For

Band

When reviewing your audition the team leaders will be looking for 6 specific things:

1) Preparation (Is the auditioner fully prepared with the music assigned for their audition? Did the auditioner review the band notes and know when and what to play?)

*** You are not required to memorize music for your audition however, Music memorization is a part of our team culture. ***

2) Stage Presence (Is the auditioner able to express a freedom to worship in their playing? Is the auditioner distracting from worship? Or is there anything visual - this includes clothing or as a part of their instrumental gear - that distracts from worship?)

3) Rhythm (Does the auditioner demonstrate an ability to stay on tempo with the click?)

*** All musicians who serve on the worship team are required to play to a click ***

4) Technique (Does the auditioner demonstrate skilled proficiency at their instrument?)

5) Adaptability (Can the auditioner flow with the band and adapt to new surroundings quickly?)

6) Attitude/1st Impression (Is the auditioner easy to work with?)

Vocals

When reviewing your audition the team leaders will be looking for 6 specific things:

1) Preparation (Is the auditioner fully prepared with the music assigned for their audition? Did the auditioner review the vocal notes and know when and what to sing?)

*** You are not required to memorize lyrics for your audition, however lyric memorization is a part of our team culture. ***

2) Stage Presence (Is the auditioner able to express a freedom to worship in their singing? Is the auditioner distracting from worship? Or is there anything visual - this includes clothing - that distracts from worship?) 3) Pitch Control (Does the auditioner demonstrate an ability to stay on pitch?) 4) Voice Control (Does the auditioner demonstrate skilled voice control?)

5) Adaptability (Can the auditioner adapt to new surroundings quickly?)

6) Attitude/1st Impression (Is the auditioner easy to work with?)

The following are expectations we have for our band and singers. Please review them and let us know if you have any questions.

Expectations

Band

If you have never played with a live band, or have never used in ear monitors before, it can sometimes be a difficult transition. Below are a couple of helpful tips on what to expect while playing with the band and using in-ear monitors during your audition:

1) Use Good Headphones: In order to get a great mix with the full sound spectrum you need to have quality head phones. We recommend purchasing and practicing with these headphones because they’re the only means of hearing yourself play during your audition. If you are on a budget we recommend going to a Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Home Goods and purchasing some of their headphones in the check out line. If you have a little more room in your budge, Shure 215e’s are a great choice.

*** iPhone or iPod headphones are not quality earbud speakers. If those are all you have we highly recommend purchasing other headphones before your audition***

2) Create A Good Mix: During your audition you will have your own Avoim station which gives you the ability to create a personal mix. Having a good mix is key to your ability to hear yourself during the audition. There is a lot that could be said about creating a good mix, but at a basic level we recommend having the following in order of volume importance: 1) The click 2) YOUR instrument 3) The lead vocal 4) The rest of the band (however you prefer)

3) Come Prepared: At illuminate Church we place a high priority on being prepared musically when we are scheduled. God has entrusted us with a great privilege of leading others into his presence and we can’t afford to be bad stewards of this opportunity by coming unprepared and being a distraction. Preparation is key to our success as a ministry. In order to be a part of the worship team you must prepare diligently. Please read over all band notes, chord charts, and listen to all practice MP3’s while preparing for your audition.

4) Have Fun: We understand that auditioning can sometimes be stressful but we encourage you to have a great time and enjoy the process! We are praying for you and hope that you do your very best!

Vocals

If you have never auditioned before it can sometimes be stressful. Below are a couple of helpful tips on how to make this audition an incredible experience!

1) Use Good Headphones: In order to get a great mix in your ears, you need to have quality head phones. We recommend purchasing and practicing with these headphones because they’re the only means of hearing yourself play during your audition. If you are on a budget we recommend going to a Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Home Goods and purchasing some of their headphones in the check out line. If you have a little more room in your budget, Shure 215e’s are a great choice. *** iPhone or iPod headphones are midrange headphones that will get you by. But it is recommended that a better set of in-ear monitors be invested in as time goes on.***

2) Create A Good Mix: During your audition you will have your own wireless pack to plug into. This will give you the ability to tell your sound engineer what instruments or vocals you would like to hear more or less of in your ears. Having a good mix is key to your ability to hear yourself during the audition. There is a lot that could be said about creating a good mix, but at a basic level we recommend having the following in order of volume importance: 1) The click 2) YOUR vocal 3) The lead vocal 4) The rest of the band (however you prefer)

3) Come Prepared: At illuminate Church we place a high priority on being prepared musically when we are scheduled. God has entrusted us with a great privilege of leading others into his presence. This means we are to be prepared to lead others by knowing the songs we play like the back of our hand. Preparation is key to our success as a ministry. In order to be a part of the Worship Team you must prepare diligently. Please read over all vocal notes, lyric sheets, and listen to all practice MP3’s while preparing for your audition. If you are fully prepared, the audition is way less stressful.

2) Have Fun: We encourage you to have a great time and enjoy the process! The outcome of the audition shouldn’t be the basis for if it was a pleasurable experience or not. We are praying for you and hope that you do your very best!

Event Details

  • September 16
    Saturday
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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