Auditions for the next in-person Praise & Harmony recording are open now! This recording session will take place September 1-4, 2023 at the Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, TX. We will be recording 25 contemporary worship songs during this recording session, all a cappella of course!
We are seeking talented, experienced singers who know how to read music and who are willing to commit to numerous rehearsals. If you fit this description, we encourage you to audition to be part of this project! Be sure to read all of the information on this page, as it will help you better prepare for your audition adn know what to expect if you are accepted.
Important information about the audition process:
The deadline for audition submissions is January 31, 2023.
Over the years, Praise & Harmony has grown and changed. In the beginning, it was primarily an audio ministry meant to help preserve four-part a cappella harmony in churches and provide training materials that utilize easy methods so that everyone, even beginners, can learn to sing. The goal remains the same, but video has become an important element of this ministry. Because of this, we are now only accepting video auditions rather than audio-only auditions. This helps us to evaluate visual expressiveness in addition to pitch, blend, and musical accuracy.
Every individual who hopes to attend must register and audition. No exceptions. Those who are accepted will be expected to upload three assigned songs at each of the three designated check-in times between auditions and the recording. This means that you will upload a total of 9 songs PLUS the audition song. The purpose of these check-ins is to provide accountability and feedback to help you be as prepared as possible before the recording. Those who have sung in at least three (3), in-person, on-location recordings are exempt from the check-in requirement, but must still submit an audition.
The audition song is titled “Let There Be Praise.” You can gain access to the sheet music by registering here.
Expectations for those who attend the recording session:
We expect singers to memorize the music before the recording session. The music (including lyrics) will be projected on a screen to be sure everyone is together. In some cases, people are far from the screen and cannot see the music well. We have also found that singers are more confident and joyful in their singing and we are able to record songs more efficiently if singers have memorized the music ahead of time and are not strictly relying on the projected music.
During the recording session, everyone will be divided into voice part sections (Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses). You must stay in your section in the seat you are assigned. It’s also important to note that there will be no voice part swapping. For example, if you auditioned as a soprano, you need to continue singing soprano and stay in the soprano section throughout the recording session. After the audio recording is complete, we will combine all singers to record videos. Only auditioned, approved singers will be allowed in these closed audio and video recording sessions.
As we near the recording dates, information will be provided about hotels near our recording location. Some meals will be provided during the sessions. Each singer will be responsible for securing their own housing and any meals that aren’t otherwise provided.
Each singer needs to bring an AM/FM radio receiver, earbuds, and a refillable water bottle (no disposables). We will provide more details on these items to those who are approved. As we get closer to the recording date, we will also provide guidelines for what to wear on specific recording days.
Large group singing environments can be prone to spreading sicknesses. If you are concerned about this, we do not recommend that you audition for the “in person” recording, but you may consider participating in future virtual recordings. Remember that singing at this recording session is a volunteer position, and no monetary compensation will be provided. We are incredibly grateful to all who are willing to volunteer their time and talents for this important ministry!
If you are not approved:
Because we have limited space, not every singer will be approved. It is likely that many excellent singers will not be able to participate this time. If you are not approved, be sure to stay “in the loop” through our email newsletter and consider auditioning again next time.
If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing your auditions!