Chapel Bands and Worship Teams
Steps for Getting Involved
1. Attend the info meeting.
At the beginning of the school year an informational meeting is held that every musician, whether new or returning, must attend. This provides a chance for all who would like to get involved hear the vision of Worship Ministries. Furthermore, we then know that all who step foot on stage to lead worship say—by virtue of their presence—Jesus is their first love, and they want their lives to shine for Him.
In Matthew 5 Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand ["pedestal" in KJV], and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” With the nature of such a visible ministry comes great responsibility, and additionally, the opportunity to be a light of Christ-like living to our campus.
We ask new and returning students to attend the annual Info Meeting, even if you have previously done so. You may attend one of two meetings offered (details announced at the start of the Fall semester). For more information (e.g., if you missed the meeting due to schedule conflicts or transferred in during the middle of the year) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Meet with George one-on-one.
Before playing in chapel musicians and vocalists must schedule a time to meet with George one-on-one. You meet individually in addition to the group meeting so George can get a feel for your musicality and hear where your heart is for ministry. You will receive music to practice and play through with George for the one-on-one meeting. More details on auditioning are below.
3. Stay on the radar!
After meeting with George musicians are placed into a pool which George and Interns draw from to play in chapel. We recommend introducing yourself to the Worship Ministries Interns to make yourself known to them. This kind of personal interaction shows them your particular interest, which helps them remember you when they are selecting a band. In short: introduce yourself, be personable, and find opportunities to meet with George and Interns to hang out, play music, and serve together!
E-mail George Williamson if you have more questions about getting involved.
What to Expect in an Audition
We select the songs you use to audition for specific reasons. We want to see how you do with a variety of keys, tempos, time signatures, and overall feel of songs. Take time to learn your part. It’s not just a matter of your skill but how closely you follow directions and pay attention to detail. This kind of attention to detail saves valuable time in rehearsals. We provide chord charts for the specific recordings. Rehearse as many times as necessary in to order to play/sing each song with confidence, knowing the melody/harmony in your head, as well as the song structure.
For those playing instruments, listen to what your part does on the recording and try to emulate it. For those singing, try to memorize the words; sing the melody with confidence, and try to figure out harmonies. Some might find singing harmony easy, while others might find it difficult (or even impossible!). Listen to what the harmonies are on the recordings, that’s always the best place to start.
We encourage you to come with these songs well known. This gives us a good indication of how you would prepare the day before a chapel rehearsal if you were invited to participate in a band and were emailed songs to listen to and prepare.
Don’t feel nervous about the time together or feel you need to be as good as the musicians on the recordings. We don't expect you to play exactly the same as them (they are professional, touring musicians)! However, make sure you come with your best prepared. You'll spend some time getting acquainted with George and then playing these songs together.
We will have these instruments available during each audition: bass, electric guitar (with basic delay and overdrive setup), acoustic guitar, drums, keyboard, and all necessary amps. If you have your own guitar, pedal board, drum sticks, etc., that you feel more comfortable playing, feel free to bring what you have.
Keyboardists: You will play a piano sound, but we will also ask you to play briefly using an organ patch and a string patch. It's OK if you've never played these sounds before, but it helps us know if you have.
Drummers: We will see how well you do on click-track. We have all drummers in chapel play on click-track. It’s OK if you haven’t used this before.
ALL: Everyone should own a metronome! Seriously, it is a good thing for all musicians to be able to slave to a click-track—a needed discipline. For musicians (just like athletes) the discipline of training enables you to be the most intuitive, creative, and free-flowing player when the moment comes to play.
New Student Band
Incoming transfer-students and freshman have the opportunity to serve in the New Student Band (NSB) which rotates leading Chapels and Time Outs throughout the year, working independently from the other musicians and Interns. Students may audition for this band at the beginning of the school year. Those selected work together for one year and meet each week for practice, prayer, and fellowship. We offer details for auditioning at the New Student Orientation booth.