Worship & Choralons


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NU Worship’s mission is to help cultivate the spiritual vitality of the community at Northwest University and to help foster the spiritual formation of each member primarily through the use of music in corporate worship services, which we believe is a means to the greater end of living lives of worship to God.

To learn more about NU Worship, it’s structure, and expectations click here.

For questions contact worship@northwestu.edu

NU Worship General Information:

NU Worship is led by Brenda Rasmussen and Christian Dawson, and is facilitated by a team of student worship leaders.

NU Worship utilizes music to corporately sing for the following reasons:

  • Ephesians 5.18-19, Colossians 3.16, Psalm 5.11, Psalm 59.16, Psalm 105.1-5
  • Singing glorifies God.
  • Singing is a way to respond to and be reminded of:
    • who God is,
    • what He has said,
    • what He has done,
    • what He is doing.
  • Singing is a command in Scripture.
  • Singing roots us in and teaches us Scripture and Biblical truth.
  • Singing calls us to root our identity, hope, and joy in God.
  • Singing calls us to live our hardships, trials, problems, and pain with God.
  • Singing calls us to action such as obedience, repentance, and mission.
  • Singing allows us to reflect on and respond to our relationship with God.
  • Singing builds up others.
  • Singing unifies God’s people.
  • Singing is a way to remember and express love, devotion, commitment, desire, and need of God.

Joining The Team:

Being a part of NU Worship gives members the opportunity to grow as a worship leader, musician, and Christian. Members will have the chance to leader others to express and live their faith in Jesus Christ, and encourage the community through their talents. Being involved with a NU Worship requires time, hard work, a “team player” attitude, personal responsibility, maturity, a positive lifestyle, teach-ability, and respect. We consider very carefully and prayerfully who should be selected to lead worship in this way as well as represent the University, therefore we expect that each student chosen will live up to the high expectations of a Christ- centered life, will serve the NU community well, will work hard in their craft and as a part of NU Worship, and will represent the University well.

Students can audition for NU Worship in one of three ways: auditions held during the school year (Fall Semester), auditions for music scholarship prior to the school year, and auditions by recommendation. All students wanting to be a part of NU Worship must have some sort of audition with the music director and/or worship pastor. Students are prayerfully selected by the Campus Ministries Office based on spiritual leadership, musicianship, reputation, recommendation, application, and compatibility. The desired caliber and size of NU Worship limits the number of students who can be involved.

The following information is specific for the 2017-2018 auditions. Audition information for the 2018-2019 school year will be updated mid-August 2018.

NU Worship Auditions for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Thursday, September 14th for vocalists and Thursday, September 21st for instrumentalists.

Due to the high amount of student involvement, we only allow one instrument and one vocal audition per person but an instrumentalist can separately audition for vocals.

Available Spots:

  • Up to 4 Female Vocalists
  • Up to 4 Male Vocalists
  • Up to 2 Keyboardists
  • Up to 2 Drummers
  • Up to 3 Bassists
  • Up to 5 Electric Guitarists

Worship Vocal Auditions:

  • 10-minute audition in Butterfield Chapel, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your audition time with a filled out application.
  • Please be prepared to lead a shortened arrangement of “What A Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship in either the key of A, D, or F#.
  • You will also be asked to sing harmony.
  • Vocal Rehearsal and Audition tracks can be found here.

Worship Band Auditions:

  • 10-minute audition in Butterfield Chapel, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your set audition
  • Bring a filled out application, instrument, headphones or in-ears (you will use the Aviom monitor system).
  • All musicians are expected to memorize music and play to a click track.
  • Please be prepared to play a shortened arrangement of “Lion and the Lamb” by Bethel Music.
    • Band Rehearsal and Audition tracks can be found here.
    • Auditions will consist of playing the song to pre-recorded tracks. The track will not include whatever instrument you are auditioning. For example, if you are auditioning keys the tracks will include drums, guitar, bass, etc. but no keys.
    • Please bring your own in-ears or headphones
    • Please do not merely learn the chords but learn the actual parts for your instrument.
  • Instruments:
    • Keys:
      • We will provide a Nord stage 1
      • You can bring your own keyboard or software
    • Drums:
      • We will provide a drum set
      • Please bring a metronome (app) and drumsticks
      • You will not be allowed to trade out drums or cymbals
    • Electric / Acoustic Guitar: Please provide your own amp, guitar, pedals, and chords
    • Bass Guitar:
      • We will provide a bass head and cab
      • Please provide your own bass and a quarter inch cable

Application and Auditions:

NU Worship Application.

Sign up for a vocal audition here.

Sign up a band audition time here.

NU Worship FAQ:

  • What is the time commitment for being involved?  Students involved in NU Worship do not have a huge time commitment. Rehearsals for Chapels are the morning of at 6:45am and rehearsals for Pursuits are Mondays at 630pm. Throughout the semester there are a few team meetings and training nights (typically on Tuesdays), In order to keep NU Worship a small time commitment, we expect all members to come prepared to rehearsal already having their music memorized. Our students are involved in their local churches, are student leaders, have jobs, etc.
  • Which chapel do I play in? If I am in Alpha Chapel do I play in Omega Chapel? All of our worship members play in both chapels. Chapels are begins 20 minutes before the class hour. Alpha Chapel is from 10-11am while the class hour starts at 10:20. Omega Chapel is from 11:20am-12:20pm while the class hour begins at 11:40. Worship typically ends about 17 minutes after the service begins giving students 3 minutes to get to class without being late.
  • How are people scheduled to play? Students are scheduled at the beginning of the semester through planning center online. Schedules are given typically a month if not earlier in advance.





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Choralons CDs and Product

CDs are available before and after every concert. Our three most recent CD projects are available online at www.cdbaby.com/cd/northwestchoralons13

2016-2017 Tour Dates

  • Oct. 8 NW Youth Conf. (AM) Mission Fest (PM)
  • Dec. 9 | Chapel 1st concert of the year
  • Jan. 14/15 (overnighter)
  • Jan. 22 | Tacoma Life Center PM
  • Feb. 12 | Solid Rock Community AM
  • Feb. 26
  • Mar. 3-9 (spring tour – NoCal)
  • Mar. 19
  • Apr. 2