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Auditions for Turning Point Band
Auditions start at 6:00 pm in Cafe Ignite


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The positions in the band are Vocals (Male and Female), Guitars (Bass, Electric, Acoustic), Drum Set, Percussion (Djembe, Cajon, Congas, tamborine...), Piano, Horns (Sax, Trumpet, Trombone), and Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello). We only auction open spots (that aren't taken by teens from the previous year). If Turning Point isn't the right fit for you or you want to do EVEN MORE music, we encourage you to join our Youth Choir (no audition required!). If you would like to audition for one of the spots below, please read the requirements carefully and click the link at the bottom of the page to sign up for auditions.

Turning Point Positions
(*NOT OPEN denotes that the position is taken)

Vocals (1 Male & 1 Female spots available)- We typically audition this position every year, even if we have returning vocals. Singing in this setting however, is very different than singing in a choir setting or even a "musical production" setting. Because of the nature of praise band music, vocalists need to have certain level of maturity and control in their vocal sound and abilities. All voices are individually mic'd and each vocalist is heavily reliant on the other vocalist. All vocalist will need to have the ability to sing in tune, match pitch, and hold pitch when someone is singing a harmony or countermelody. The ability to sing harmony (either by finding the harmonies yourself or being taught them) is not a requirement, but will increase your eligibility for the group. As mentioned earlier, even if we have returning vocalists, we do audition these positions, but there is no guarantee we will take on any more vocalists if we have returning vocalists. Your audition will require:
- The required piece will be the song "The House of God, Forever" by Jon Foreman. This song has both male and female parts so listen through the entire recording. Click here for the PDF of the Chord Chart with Lyrics for this song. Use the Youtube video at the bottom of the page to hear the song and practice with it.
- A prepared piece of your choice that shows your vocal abilities and comfortable singing range. This selection can be either secular or christian (please remember that you are auditioning for a christian leader position while choosing your selection).

Electric/Acoustic/Bass Guitar (*Bass Guitar NOT OPEN)- Even if one of these positions is taken, we typically still addition these spots because they can be interchangeable. You must have access to or own an Acoustic guitar with electric pick-ups and a capo if you play acoustic and your own Electric Guitar and Amp if you want to play Electric. You will need your own Bass Guitar for the Bass position, but no amp is required. Your audition will require:

- The required piece will be the song "The House of God, Forever" by Jon Foreman.  Click here for the PDF of the Chord Chart for this song. Use the Youtube video at the bottom of the page to hear the song and practice with it.
- A prepared piece of your choice that shows your abilities. This selection can be either secular or christian (please remember that you are auditioning for a christian leader position while choosing your selection).

Piano (*NOT OPEN)- Praise band piano music is not written out into the traditional "sheet music" style. All music will have the song lyrics with chord names (such as "G" or "C#m") written above and the player will need to know how to form those chords and create their piano part from that. For an example of what this looks like, please click on the PDF for "The House of God, Forever" in the required piece below. Your audition will require:

- The required piece will be the song "The House of God, Forever" by Jon Foreman. Click here for the PDF of the Chord Chart for this song. Use the Youtube video at the bottom of the page to hear the song and practice with it.
- A prepared piece of your choice that shows your abilities. This selection can be either secular or christian (please remember that you are auditioning for a christian leader position while choosing your selection).

Drum Set (*NOT OPEN)- We use an electric drum set primarily in this group. It is not required, but is recommended that you own your own acoustic drum set for practice and for an occasional outdoor gig that may require a more live sounding kit. For your audition you will have a different required piece than the rest of the band. The required piece for drums is "Come Thou Fount" by Kings Kaleidoscope" (click here for to go to the youtube link). You will also play along with a recording of your choice (please remember that you are auditioning for a christian leader position while choosing your selection).

Percussion (*NOT OPEN)- We have several different percussion instruments (cajon, djembe, shakers, tambourine, congas...). This is not a position that will be used for every song and the key to this position is control and knowing how to add to the sound of the whole group without distracting others from it. The required piece for percussion is "Come Thou Fount" by Kings Kaleidoscope" (click here for to go to the youtube link) There is no "percussion part", so you will have to create your own part, which is typically what you would do on most songs. You will also play along with a recording of your choice (please remember that you are auditioning for a christian leader position while choosing your selection). If you have questions about this position and how it functions, please feel free to contact us and ask.

Saxophone, Trombone, or Trumpet- There are currently two "horn" spots open. The horn music is not written out into the traditional "sheet music" style. All music will have the song lyrics with chord names (such as "G" or "C#m") written above. The player will need to know how to TRANSPOSE those chords into the key of their instrument and create their part from that. If you have any questions about how to do this, please feel free to ask us. For an example of what this looks like, please click on the PDF for Open in the required piece below. Your audition will require:

- The required piece will be the song  "The House of God, Forever" by Jon Foreman. Click here for the PDF of the Chord Chart for this song. Use the Youtube video at the bottom of the page to hear the song and practice with it.
- A prepared piece of your choice that shows your abilities. We are looking more for your ability to play along with a song than your ability to play an etude or solo piece. This selection can be either secular or christian (please remember that you are auditioning for a christian leader position while choosing your selection).

Violin/Viola/Cello- There is currently one spot for a string instrument. We plan on only using a string instrument on a few songs. If the player makes the group, they will be given a list of songs that they will play on and will be contacted when they need to attend rehearsals. Since this is new for us, this will be trial run. If it doesn't work out, the spot may be dissolved at some point in the year. Once again, the music is not written out into the traditional "sheet music" style. All music will have the song lyrics with chord names (such as "G" or "C#m") written above and the player will need to create their string part from that. If you have any questions about how to do this, please feel free to ask. For an example of what this looks like, please click on the PDF for Open in the required piece below. Your audition will require:

- The required piece will be the song  "The House of God, Forever" by Jon Foreman. Click here for the PDF of the Chord Chart for this song. Use the Youtube video at the bottom of the page to hear the song and practice with it.
- A prepared piece of your choice that shows your abilities. We are looking more for your ability to play along with a song than your ability to play an etude or solo piece. This selection can be either secular or christian (please remember that you are auditioning for a christian leader position while choosing your selection).

Any questions? Email Kyle Deroche (youth director) or Brennan Frederick (Turning Point Director) or call Kyle at 337-456-6098.

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Date:  Monday, September 10, 2018
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Time:  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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