All applicants must submit a video audition.
We are looking for stage presence as well as musicality. This doesn’t need to be a “polished” recording – usually cellphone video will suffice, as long as we can hear your instrument clearly. Be intentional with your video, but don’t obsess too much over it to the point that you never send it in!
Upload your video to youtube and send us the link. (You may also mail your video on a DVD or USB key, etc. if you prefer – our address is at the bottom of the page.)
- State your name and the position you’re applying for at the beginning of each section of your recording.
- Some of your content can be copied from recent videos of your performances.
- Make sure we can hear your part very clearly through the music. This is important: many auditions have had to be redone because the applicant was not distinguishable on the recording.
Specific to Keyboardists
In addition to playing the piano parts that are sometimes featured in the music we perform, CTI keyboardists are often asked to listen for and replicate some of the background (or “auxiliary keys”) roles that are present in a lot of modern music (i.e. pads, strings, synths, organs, etc.) This may not be something you have much (or any) experience with, and that’s okay – we’ll be happy to teach you! As you put your audition materials together, we’d love to see you include some examples of you playing something other than a piano part if you can. (Of course, we also want to see your ability to play piano parts.)
Specifically, we need to see you demonstrate the following three skills in your keyboard audition video. Each of these sections should be 1-3 minutes in length in order to give us a good idea of your talent and ability in each area:
- Play a memorized, “signature” keys line: Demonstrate your ability to mimic a keys line that you hear in a recorded song. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy, but something that is easily recognized (see suggested songs below).
- Play from a chord chart: Demonstrate your ability to play a song that you’re familiar with but don’t have completely memorized by reading off a chord chart. Show us a quick shot of the chart you’re playing from in your video. This section should demonstrate how you mimic the feel of the song you’re playing and how you build energy between different sections (for instance, from a verse into a chorus). It also gives us a sense of how naturally you read and play progressions that you haven’t memorized.
- Play with other musicians: Your ability to play with a band is crucial. Please play a well-known song in the pop/rock genre and fill the appropriate role in the ensemble (see list below for some suggestions). If you have the ability to demonstrate both piano and “Aux Keys” roles in this section, we’d love to see that – you can submit multiple songs if needed. Play with a full band (like your worship team) if possible–but if you can’t arrange for a full band, it’s okay to play along with just one or two other instruments.
Here is a list of suggested songs for the different parts of your keys audition. You aren’t required to use any of the songs listed here – they are simply suggestions.
Signature keys lines:
Songs to play with other musicians:
Ensemble Songs that Feature Aux Keys (non-piano) roles:
Write Your Story – string lines throughout
Gold – synth sounds in intro and choruses
The Lost Get Found – strings sounds throughout
This Is Amazing Grace – synth lead
Alive – synth sounds throughout
We Are – string parts in intro/turns and choruses
…or demonstrate playing pads for pretty much any song listed above