Already in January, the GYC Music Committee began preparing for our 2016 conference starting December 28 in Houston, Texas. We work to involve talented church musicians from around the country and around the world who seek to bring glory to God through the ministry of music. We look for worship music that draws our audience close to heaven and reinforces this year’s theme: “When all has been heard.” The GYC Music Committee and leaders invite any attendee to apply for helping with music to the extent that the music is in harmony with the following guidelines:
Faithful. Whether through direct quotation, paraphrase, or principle, lyrical music must faithfully and contextually reflect the Word of God and the spirit and theology of Seventh-day Adventist Christianity.
Worshipful. Sacred music is an act of worship, and therefore, needs to be primarily directed towards our object of worship, God. This awareness must be present in the process of selecting, preparing, and presenting the music (Colossians 3:23; Education 168). Instrumental music at GYC must make clear allusions to distinctly sacred themes.
Meaningful. The musician should have in mind the congregation that will receive the music. Since music should edify, the musical selections must be comprehendible by the average listener and personally edifying for the people in the audience. That which cannot edify others due to the style, nature, or content of the musical selection, will not be appropriate for use at GYC (Colossians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 14).
Simple. Music should engage the soul, mind, and body. It should praise the Name of Jesus with sincerity and reverence. Any musical style that implements the use of strong rhythmic drive or focuses on the individual performing rather than God, is unbalanced, and will not be used at GYC (ref. Mark 12:30).
Pure. The music and musician must have depth and pervasive purity. Undignified attitudes and gestures can do as much harm as the music itself (1 Corinthians 9:27; Romans 14; The Voice in Speech and Song, 423). Modest and simple dress should characterize the presentation with purity (1 Timothy 2:9).
Excellent. GYC strives for excellence in all areas, and music is an effective medium for representing this philosophy. Musical excellence, as well as spiritual sincerity, maturity, and appropriateness will all be considered in evaluating musical selections. (Isaiah 10:15; 1 Peter 2:9).
Ways to Participate
Application deadline: September 12, 2016
Due to the nature of the conference and the high volume of requests, there is a rigorous selection process. At GYC all music must be performed live without recorded accompaniment. Please record your special music and complete your application (photo included) by September 12, 2016. All special music participants need to be registered for the full GYC conference. 2016 will be the second year that GYC is recording all of our special music pieces in a recording room to be published on a GYC Special Music Album. All special music applicants must be willing to be recorded and published without artist remuneration. All musicians will need to arrive by Wednesday and stay till Sunday to be available for their assigned recording, sound check, and performance schedule. We are also looking for some musicians to arrive as early as Sunday for recording because of limited time available later in the week.
Application deadline: September 12, 2016
Any group with a minimum of 4 singers plus a pianist can apply as a song service team. Your group may or may not include an additional instrument or two such as trumpet, violin, flute or other instrument. Each group must submit a recorded song service led by your group by September 12, 2016. Please email your request for consideration and the recording to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission deadline: July 12, 2016
GYC often selects a new composition or new hymn arrangement as a theme song. To have your piece or arrangement considered for the theme, “When All has been Heard”, please submit your application by July 12, 2016.
The traditional GYC choir will be organized again this year, but rehearsals will not be announced due to space limitations. Those desiring to participate will need to inquire via email for rehearsal times and locations. You are encouraged to email Ensemble Director Sean Nebblett at email@example.com to reserve a place in the choir if you are interested in participating. Participation onsite will be allowed on a first come, first serve basis.
All musical participants including every member of large groups must be registered for the GYC conference.
Feel free to contact the Music Coordinator at the email address below if you have any questions.
Thank you for serving!