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Chapel and LOFT Audition Information

Before filling out the questionaire please read the following information:

How many teams are there?

  • We have eight worship leading teams.
  • Four teams lead Friday chapel, LOFT, and Monday chapel on a four-week rotation.
  • Four teams lead Tuesday & Wednesday chapels on a four-week rotation.

How many musicians are on each team?
Both LOFT & Chapels may include piano, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, organ, keyboard, auxiliary instruments (e.g. flute, violin, viola, cello, mandolin, banjo, etc.), and singers on melody and harmony (tenor, alto, and sometimes bass).

What musicians are you currently looking for?
We are eager to learn about new musicians in all the different instruments and voice parts. Though space on the teams is limited at this time, students graduate, travel abroad for interim or a semester, or need to leave the team for various reasons. At these times we can call on musicians that have auditioned, but have not yet been invited to participate.

When do the teams rehearse?     

  • All music for Friday, LOFT, and Monday is rehearsed Wednesday evening (8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
  • Teams rehearse the week of their assigned week.
  • Additional rehearsal for Friday chapel take place at 7:00 a.m. the day of chapel
    (That’s right 7:00 a.m.! This is to avoid class conflicts.), and there is a short rehearsal Sunday night after LOFT for Monday's chapel.
  • Prior to LOFT, teams begin rehearsal at 6:15 p.m
  • Tuesday & Wednesday chapel teams meet at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings
    on their assigned week.
  • All rehearsal times must be met in order to participate.

What is the time commitment?
On average, Friday, LOFT, and Monday team members will spend 3 hours a week leading. Some weeks are heavy, other weeks are light. It’s important that team members plan their time well. Commitment to Tuesday & Wednesday teams is less, averaging no more than 2 hours on the assigned week.

What equipment does the chapel provide?
The chapel has an acoustic and an electronic drum set, djembe and congas, a bass and electric guitar amplifier, a bass, electric and acoustic guitars, and a keyboard. Team members are permitted to practice with these instruments and use them in worship.

Fill out the following questionaire if you are interested in auditioning.

Contact Information
Phone number:

Name and location of your home church? 

What church do you attend now, and why?

How would you like to contribute musically to LOFT / chapel? 

What skills do you have and where/how would you use them? 

How would you describe “worship”?

What about LOFT / chapel right now helps you to worship God well and deeply?    

What is distracting or hindering for you?

Scenario: As a musician you have a lot of creative ideas to bring to the team. Your leader, however, does not appear to be open to your suggestions. Why might this be? How would you handle this?

Audition Information

The next auditions dates are during Passport I (July 3), II (July 18), & III (Aug 26). Come to the worship service the second day of Passport for more info or contact Paul Ryan.

For your audition we ask you to:

1. Prepare a piece we provide (“Your Name” by Paul Baloche).

Vocalists:             Learn the melody and work out a harmony part in your range. 
You will sing accompanied by a guitar and/or piano.
Pianists:              Be prepared to play chords and melody.
Organists:           Be prepared to play chords and melody.
Guitarists:           Be able to strum and finger-pick the chords.
Electric Guitar:    Be able to play the chords, melody and add fills.
Bassists:             You will play your parts along with a guitarist and/or drummer.
Drummers:          You will play your parts along with a guitarist and/or pianist
Strings/Woodwinds/Brass: Learn melody and prepare to improvise using chord changes
Other:                  Email Paul Ryan for instructions.

2. Be ready to play or sing one or two songs at sight. All musicians need to be able to read from a lead sheet/chord chart.

3. Fill out the short questionnaire above.

After your audition we will contact you about the results of your audition.
Please know that there are several factors involved in selecting team members, only one of which is musical competency.  Many times, there simply isn’t a spot for your chosen instrument at this time. 

For further questions, please email Paul Ryan.

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