Worship Auditions

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Worship is not music. Worship is not a concert. Worship is not going to church. Worship is not even primarily for our benefit. Worship is quite simply a response to who God is and what He has done for us. It’s a natural human reaction that takes place when we begin to grasp God’s goodness, faithfulness, love, and radical grace that He extends to each one of us.

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Audition Process

It is our goal through worship at Foundations Church to lead people to respond to God’s goodness and experience His glory by creating environments for that to happen. That is an incredible responsibility that requires Godly leaders and gifted musicians. The audition process is a way for us to help find people who are qualified to take on that responsibility throughout the different areas of ministry at Foundations.

 

There are many ways to serve in the area of worship, and they are not limited to the weekend service.  We are continually looking for qualified leaders to serve in our High School and Middle School ministries, weekend experiences, as well as various other opportunities throughout the year.

 

The audition process is not solely for evaluating someone’s musical abilities. It is also intended to allow us to get to know you better. Musical competency is only one aspect of the process. We are also looking for people of high character and natural chemistry that are both equally important. It’s easy to become attracted to being on stage or in front of people, but we want to ensure that our teams are grounded in an understanding of the purpose we serve and the responsibility that follows.

 

At Foundations Church we are committed to empowering people to discover and use their God-given gifts and abilities. If that happens to be in the area of worship… great! If not, then we want to help you find the area that God has uniquely gifted you to serve.

 

One of the most rewarding parts of the audition process often is not about finding new worship leaders but is about helping people discover their giftedness and empowering them to serve in ways that they may have never before considered.

 

Romans 12:5-8 says, “In this way we are like the various parts of a human body.  Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around.  The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of His body.  But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed with them. Keep a smile on your face.”

 

Our goal is that through the audition process we can help people discover who they were meant to be and how they can serve within the body of Christ at Foundations.

What To Expect

The first step is to schedule an interview with worship Director Scott Thornton where you will be asked questions about your experience leading worship, your story, your relationship with Christ as well as your motivation for getting involved with worship.

 

After your interview, you will have the opportunity to sign up for an audition where you will come perform for a small group of Foundations Church worship leaders. (You may also submit a demo for consideration as well) At the end of your audition, you will schedule a time to come in for a follow-up meeting.

 

At the follow-up meeting we will discuss the next steps for you in getting involved with the worship program. If it is not a good fit based upon your initial interview or audition, we will have the chance to discuss alternate ways for you to get involved and serve at Foundations.

 

Audition materials will be made available to you one week prior to the audition date through our online worship planning software called Planning Center Online.

 

For vocalists, you will be expected to sing one pre-selected song acapella. You will also get to select one song from a list of several to perform with accompaniment. For instrumentalists, you will be expected to perform one pre-selected song unaccompanied.  You will also select one song from a list of several to play with rhythm accompaniment.

 

We understand that auditions can be a scary and intimidating experience, especially if you have never had to audition for anything before. We will do our best to make the process as relaxed and as enjoyable as possible. There will be people at the audition site to greet you and talk with you prior to your scheduled time. There will also be coffee and donuts to help take the edge off! Thanks for your willingness to serve at Foundations. We look forward to meeting you!

Qualifications and Expectations

Now that you know what we’re about, you should know what we expect from those who join our team. When you stand up on the stage the people sitting in the seats will be associating you with everything Foundations represents. That is a big responsibility and something that should not be taken lightly. Our expectation is that who you are on the stage closely represents who you are off the stage. We also expect that you do your very best to hold yourself to a biblical style of leadership and live a lifestyle consistent with scripture.

 

To be slightly more specific, here is a list of basic qualifications we have for all of our team members.

 

  • This person lives a life that loves others (Romans 12:10).
  • This person works well within a team environment. They enjoy contributing to a creative team, especially as it relates to music and worship.
  • This person enjoys working with other volunteers and is comfortable connecting with people in small, medium, and large group situations.
  • This person works well under the leadership of Foundations Church and supports the vision and mission of the church.
  • This person communicates effectively with fellow team members and is a team player.
  • This person understands that worship is not about the music or the experience but about leading others to respond to God’s goodness and experience His glory.
  • This person does not have a goal to be a “rock star” but instead seeks to use his or her musical gifts to serve.
  • In addition to these qualifications, here are some practical expectations for every member of the worship team.
  • Every member is expected to participate in rehearsals on the Thursday evening prior to their scheduled weekend.
  • Every member is expected to have their music memorized for the weekend they are scheduled.
  • Every member is expected to value the time of everyone else on the team by being on time for rehearsals and service call times.
  • Every member is expected to dress appropriately for the environment in which they are participating.
  • Every vocalist and musician interested in joining the worship team must first fill out and return the worship application to be considered. Once we receive your application we will contact you to set up the initial interview.

 

Please keep in mind that there will be seasons where we do not need personnel on the team. If this is the case, we will keep your application on file and contact you when there is an opening on your specific instrument. In the meantime we encourage you to get involved by serving on another team at Foundations Church.

 

Musical Expectations by Position

In addition to the qualifications and practical expectations, please read over the following musical expectations as you prepare for your audition.

 

All Positions

 

  • The ability to, if necessary, lead a portion or all of a rehearsal
  • The ability and desire to learn new songs
  • The ability and desire to spend an adequate amount of time in personal rehearsal and musical development.

 

Vocalists

  • This person has the ability to sing in a contemporary or modern style.
  • This person has the ability to sing melody and learn harmonies by ear.
  • This person has the ability to blend with others and adapt their vocal style to a team of vocalists.
  • This person has a dynamic personality on and off the stage and has the ability to engage a group of people and lead them in worship.
  • This person understands and can adapt to different vocal styles.

 

Instrumentalists

  • This person has the ability to read a basic rhythm chart.
  • This person understands what it means to play in a modern worship setting.
  • This person has a working knowledge of scales, chords, and basic music theory.
  • This person has the ability to learn parts by ear.
  • This person is familiar with his or her equipment and is able to adapt their tone and style of playing to fit different genres of music.

 

We hope that this handbook has given you a good idea about what is involved in joining the worship team at Foundations. Please read it carefully as you prayerfully consider auditioning.

 

After you have read through the handbook and have filled out the application, please return it to the Next Steps table in the Common after a service or to the church office. Please be as honest as you can in the application as it is a vital part of the process and serves as a way for us to get to know more about you prior to your audition. Thanks for your interest in serving at Foundations. We look forward to meeting you!