Worship Team Auditions

At the Valley, we have a vision for continuously increasing our worship ministry. Auditions are a very practical tool for evaluating the skills and heart of people who feel called to serve on a worship team, and we promise that it will never be like American Idol or the Voice!

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! Please select the application link, tell us about you and why you are called to worship ministry.  We will get in touch with you about scheduling an audition time.

Basic requirements:

You should be in agreement with our theological standings and our vision and values. We are looking for trustworthy, team-minded people who will take the commitment seriously.  Maintaining a humble, teachable attitude is very important.  The worship team is not a platform for showcasing individual talents, but a place of service to the congregation.

Previous experience on a worship team or in a band can be helpful but is not required. While there are similar principles used in most live music situations, every band or team experience is different. Be prepared to learn new ways of doing things even as we follow standard practices.

Time expectations:

We currently provide worship for two services on Sundays.  Our singers and most instrumentalists are rotated throughout the month.  For vocalists, you will be on one to two Sundays per month.  For instrumentalists, the number of services you play per month depends on the number of qualified players on a given instrument. There are also times during the year when we have extra meetings such as: worship nights, and Easter and Christmas productions where our services are required.

The time requirement for worship team members is approximately 6 hours per week when they are scheduled for the weekly services. (This time frame does not include personal practice time.) Included in the time requirements are mandatory weekly Thursday night rehearsals (6-8 pm). All team members are expected to sit through one entire service on Sundays.

 

VOCALS

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.

Skill Set:

Able to sing on pitch
Hear and sing a harmony part for a given melody
Be able to reproduce a harmony part for a given song consistently
Be able to control vocal elements such as volume and vibrato in order to blend with the worship leader and other vocalists. 

 

Acoustic Guitarists:

To provide rhythmic support as needed by the worship leader.

Skill Set:

Knowledge of open chords and barre chords. Working knowledge of the guitar neck.
Must own their own guitar with built in electronic pickup system, and an electronic tuner with bypass.
Control dynamics while maintaining consistent tempo. Play with a click track/metronome and hold tempo.
Play different strumming patterns as called for by the given song.
Able to transpose chords and use a capo.
Comfortable learning parts by ear.
Instrument must hold tune and be in good repair.
Ability to arpeggiate chords and flat-pick very desirable.

BAND

 

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:

Good knowledge of major and minor chords and basic scales. Power chords are essential!
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. (This can be done inexpensively with modern modeling amps. A big pedal board is not required!)
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.

Drummers:

To provide solid rhythmic foundation for the worship team.

Skill Set:

Able to hold steady time against a click track.
Must own their own sticks/mallets/brushes.
Comfortable learning parts by ear.
Play a variety of basic quarter note and eighth note rock drum patterns. Others; 2 beat country, 6/8 time signature beats, etc.
Able to control dynamics while maintaining consistent tempo. Must be able to play with a click track/metronome and hold tempo.

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:

Must own their own instrument. Instrument should be able to hold tune and be in good repair.
Should understand basic rhythmic divisions; quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, etc.
Should be comfortable learning parts by ear and knowledge of basic scales would be useful.
Good knowledge of the neck, i.e. know the notes in the first five frets of the neck on all strings, preferably without looking.
Be able to control dynamics while maintaining consistent tempo. Must be able to play with a click track/metronome and hold tempo.

Keyboardists:

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

Skill Set:

Able to hold steady time against a click track.
Should be comfortable learning parts by ear.
Know chord inversions and be able to find different chord voicings.
Can read simple chord charts. Reading music is desirable but not required.
Able to play in a variety of musical styles: contemporary stylings, gospel, rock, etc.
Familiar with general modern keyboard architecture, i.e. how to recall patches, find different sounds, use a modulation wheel, etc.