GYC Music

GYC is looking for talented church musicians from around the world who seek to bring glory to God through the ministry of music. We are seeking young people who strive to draw others close to heaven through song.

This year’s theme challenges us to “Arise, shine; for our light has come!” The GYC Music Committee is looking for music that explores and reinforces this theme. We invite any attendee to apply to help with music at this year’s conference, providing 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

Special Music

Application deadline: September 12, 2017

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, 2017. All special music participants, including every member of large groups, must be registered for the full GYC conference in order to apply.

Each year GYC records the special music pieces in the GYC studio to be published on the annual GYC 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 until Sunday to be available for their assigned recording, sound check, and performance schedule. We are also looking for some musicians to arrive Tuesday for recording because of the limited time available later in the week.

What song should you submit? Great question! The choice is yours, we love to hear what applicants summit each year. If you’re looking for ideas or have questions feel free to contact us at (734) 719-0183, or You may also submit several songs for consideration.

To Apply

If you are an individual or small group applying, you must first register for the full conference. After completing registration, the musician or group leader should login to their registration profile and look under the Applications section for the music application.

If you are a school music director or applying for a choir or other large group, please contact us at

Song Service

Application deadline: September 12, 2017

Any group with a minimum of four (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 instruments. Each group must submit a recorded song service led by your group by September 12, 2017. 

Please email your request for consideration and the recording to

Theme song

Submission deadline: July 31, 2017

GYC often selects a new composition or new hymn arrangement as a theme song. To have your piece or arrangement considered for the theme, “Arise, Shine, for your light has come”, please send your submission to by July 31, 2017.

Choir & Ensemble 

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 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.


Feel free to contact the Music Committee at the email or number below if you have any questions. 

Thank you for serving!

GYC Music Committee
(734) 719-0183