Why do we have auditions?

We have a vision for continuously increasing our worship ministry here at Foundation Church.  Auditions are a very practical tool for evaluating the skills and heart of people who feel called to serve on a worship team.   We want to create a “dread free” atmosphere for our audition process as much as possible. At the same time, we value honesty, and we want to encourage the pursuit of skill in the music we present to the Lord. If you have a heart to lead others into meaningful worship, and you feel you are skilled with your voice or musical instrument, we would love to get to know you!

Skill Requirements

Below are the basic skills needed for each position on the worship team.


Worship Vocalists

The worship vocalist’s primary function is to provide vocal harmony with the worship leader and other worship vocalists. They also model worship for the congregation by maintaining an attitude of worship while singing with the team. Their focus is on God, not on performing.

Skill Set

  • Be able to sing on pitch.

  • Be able to hear and sing a harmony part for a given melody, i.e. should be comfortable learning parts by ear.

  • Be able to reproduce a harmony part for a given song consistently, i.e. sing the same part for a song each time that song is used.

  • Be able to control vocal elements such as volume and vibrato in order to blend with the worship leader and other vocalists. The ability to sing in different styles is very desirable.


Acoustic Guitar

To provide rhythmic support as needed by the worship leader.

Skill Set

  • Have a good knowledge of open chords and barre chords. Should have good working knowledge of the guitar neck.

  • Be able to play different strumming patterns as called for by the given song.

  • Be able to control dynamics while maintaining consistent tempo. Must be able to play with a click track (metronome) and hold tempo.

  • Be able to transpose chords and use a capo.

  • Should be comfortable learning parts by ear.

  • Must own their own guitar with built in electronic pickup system, and an electronic tuner with bypass. Instrument should be able to hold tune and be in good repair.

  • Ability to arpeggiate chords and flat-pick very desirable.


Electric Guitarists

To provide rhythmic support and sonic textures as needed by the worship leader. To play specific parts (lead lines) for songs as needed.

Skill Set

  • Have a good knowledge of major and minor chords and basic scales. Power chords are essential.

  • Should be able to play competently in the upper registers of the neck (above the 5th fret).

  • Be able to control dynamics while maintaining consistent tempo. Must be able to play with a click track (metronome) and hold tempo.

  • Must own their own guitar and equipment, and be able to reproduce tones consistent with modern contemporary music. Must own an electronic tuner with bypass. Instrument should be able to hold tune and be in good repair.

  • Should be comfortable learning parts by ear.

  • Ability to arpeggiate chords and flat-pick very desirable.


Bass Guitarists

To provide bass content and rhythmic support as needed by the worship leader. To play specific parts for songs as needed.

Skill Set 

  • Have a good knowledge of the neck, i.e. know the notes in the first five frets of the neck on all strings, preferably without looking.

  • A knowledge of basic scales would be useful.

  • Should understand basic rhythmic divisions; quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets etc.

  • Should be comfortable learning parts by ear.

  • Be able to control dynamics while maintaining consistent tempo. Must be able to play with a click track (metronome) and hold tempo.

  • Must own their own instrument. Instrument should be able to hold tune and be in good repair.


Drummers

To provide solid rhythmic foundation for the worship team.

Skill Set

  • Must be able to hold steady time against a click track.

  • Be able to play a variety of basic quarter note and eighth note rock drum patterns. Others; 6/8 time signature beats, etc.

  • Should be comfortable learning parts by ear.

  • Be able to control dynamics while maintaining consistent tempo. Must be able to play with a click track (metronome) and hold tempo.

  • Must own their own sticks/mallets/brushes.


Keyboardists

To provide sonic textures and keyboard parts for the worship team.

Skill Set

  • Must be able to hold steady time against a click track.

  • Must be able to read simple chord charts. Reading music is desirable but not required.

  • Be able to play in a variety of musical styles: contemporary stylings, gospel, rock, etc.

  • Should know chord inversions and be able to find different chord voicings.

  • Should have familiarity with general modern keyboard architecture, i.e. how to recall patches, find different sounds, use a modulation wheel, etc.

  • Should be comfortable learning parts by ear.

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