Music Opportunities

Updated: December 18, 2023

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for GYC Music. We are excited to have you join us! Music is an integral component of our conference, and we are able to provide this ministry because of the many volunteers like you who are committed to serving our Lord through song with the gifts He has bestowed upon us.

GYC Music believes in Christian excellence, and acknowledges we accomplish it by giving of the best of our current abilities to God. Much of the music is pre-selected by the GYC Music Committee and will require a certain skill level. However, we encourage all who wish to participate in music at GYC to apply. We request that each applicant submit videos with their application not as an audition for acceptance, but for us to assess placement within the various groups and the program.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis following the volunteer’s conference registration. We are not able to offer everyone a spot to participate in music at GYC due to space and time limitations. Because of this, we will give preference to those within our target audience age range, which is 18–35. 

By signing up as a GYC Music volunteer, you are committing to attend the GYC Conference. If for whatever reason you are unable to attend after you have submitted your music volunteer application, you must let the GYC Music Committee know via email as soon as possible before the start of the conference. Upon completion of this form, you are also committing to abide by the GYC principles of music and requirements for participation, such as dress code, rehearsal times, sound checks, on-stage make-up, etc., which will be communicated to you in a timely manner by the GYC Music Committee. 

Being a volunteer at GYC in any capacity takes time and sacrifice. We appreciate your commitment to providing a meaningful worship experience for yourself and all those in attendance at our conference. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions before or during the conference, please reach out directly to the GYC Music Committee. This will ensure we can provide the smoothest volunteer experience for you and others.

See you in Portland!

GYC Music Committee

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

The GYC Music Committee looks for music that explores and reinforces the theme for the year. We invite any attendee to apply to help with music at the 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

All Application deadline: December 8, 2023

Song Service

We’re looking for singers, pianists, guitarist, and instrumentalist to help with song services and other music during GYC. Let us know what you play or how you’d like to help out.

Want to help lead music at GYC? Apply by clicking the button below.

Special Music

Have a song to share at GYC for a special music or appeal song? We’d love to hear it! Apply by clicking the button below.

GYC Choir

If you’d like to join the GYC choir for this year, apply by clicking the button below.

GYC Orchestra

If you’d like to join the GYC orchestra for this year, apply by clicking the button below.

Contact Us

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

Thank you for serving!

The GYC Music Committee