Frequently Asked Questions

    Each year, many worthy young Latter-day Saints apply for the opportunity to serve as young performing missionaries. Only a limited number of missionaries can be called. Talent, training, and experience are very important. Other significant qualifications include character traits such as spiritual maturity, willingness to obey mission rules, and enthusiasm for serving

    What do Band members do?

    The Nauvoo Band has a regular daily concert schedule featuring period (and period-like) music for trumpets, trombones, French horns, tuba or euphonium, clarinets, flutes, piccolo, and percussion. Band members may also help full-time missionaries lead tours in the historic homes and other buildings.

    What do Singers and Dancers do?

    The singers and dancers perform on and off the stage each day. Performances range from a nightly variety show to a full-length theatrical production to a series of smaller vignettes and musical sets performed on the streets of Historic Nauvoo. Their work is vigorous, with long schedules, but it brings the reward and blessing of sharing the history of Nauvoo and the Spirit of the Lord with thousands of visitors throughout the summer.

    What do Stage Technicians do?

    The tech missionaries are the backbone of the work accomplished by the young performing missionary program. From designing lighting to mixing audio during shows, these elders and sisters labor diligently to make the experience enjoyable for all audiences. During shows, they often assist with stage management duties or usher guests. For those with appropriate experience, there are also opportunities to assist in costume alteration and repair.

    Are YPMs associated with a specific school group?

    No. The YPM program is not associated with any particular school.

    Are YPMs part of the Nauvoo and British pageants?

    Yes. In July, YPMs perform in the pageant as a dance corps. They also provide some live music and technical support. They are not considered part of the family cast, which is a separate opportunity to serve. Learn more about pageant.

    Is this considered a full-time mission?

    While this is a significant opportunity for service, it does not take the place of a full-time mission.

    Can I serve as a YPM in addition to a full-time mission?

    Yes. If you plan to serve a full-time mission or have already served, you are still eligible to serve as a YPM.

    I served as a YPM in the past. Can I apply again?

    Yes. You are welcome to apply again. You must still meet all of the qualifications, including age and temple worthiness.

    What are the qualifications to serve?

    Applicants must be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, single, 18 to 25 years old, in good health, and temple worthy.

    YPMs are on their feet and involved in rigorous work for more than eight hours a day in hot temperatures and high humidity. Applicants need to be physically able to serve in this capacity prior to receiving their call.

    Do I need to be endowed to serve as a YPM?

    No. Young performing missionaries must be temple worthy, but they do not need to be endowed in order to serve.

    Can I apply if I’m a senior in high school?

    Yes. However, if you are applying during your senior year of high school, you must be 18 years old at the time you are filling out the application. Also, keep in mind that you need to have completed graduation requirements before the beginning of your mission service.

    How long do YPMs serve?

    YPMs are called to serve for one summer, from late April or early May through mid-August.

    How much money does it cost to serve as a YPM?

    Young performing missionaries pay a fee to cover airfare, ground transportation, one meal per day, and other program-related expenses. This fee is due on March 15, 2020. The exact amount of the fee for 2020 will be announced at call-backs in January 2020; in recent years, the fee has ranged from $1000-1500. The YPMs use personal funds to cover other meals and personal items during their service.

    How do I apply?

    Applications for 2020 are accepted from October 1 – November 30, 2019. There are two steps to the application process. First, you will fill out an online application form. Second you will be invited to participate in a one-way video interview. During the interview you will explain why you want to serve as a YPM and you will demonstrate your abilities related to the YPM role you are applying for. Here is a preview of the prompts for the one-way video:

    Band Member

    1. Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary? (1 minute or less)
    2. Demonstrate a slow and legato technique. For percussionists, specifically kit drummers, demonstrate several tempo steady groove styles in medium and slow tempos. (1 minute or less)
    3. Play a fast tempo passage demonstrating facility. For percussionists, specifically kit drummers, demonstrate several tempo steady groove styles in fast and medium tempos. (1 minute or less)
    4. Perform a full range of chromatic scale, tonguing up and slurring down.
    5. Play a short selection that shows your skill and favorite style of playing (jazz, classical, pop, etc.) and demonstrates your connection to an audience when you play. For percussionists, include swing, shuffle, Latin, rock, and country style variations.
    6. OPTIONAL Provide a sample of your skill on another musical instrument. If you choose not to do this, simply say, “Not Applicable.” (2 minutes or less)

    Singer, Dancer, and Actor

    1. Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary? (1 minute or less)
    2. Sing an up-tempo ‘Broadway style’ or high energy song. (2 minutes or less)
    3. Sing a hymn or ballad (2 minutes or less)
    4. Present a dramatic or comic reading of your choice (1 minute or less)
    5. Provide an example of a dance routine (2 minutes or less)
    6. OPTIONAL If you play a musical instrument, please demonstrate your skill. If you do not play an instrument, please say, “Not applicable.” (2 minutes or less)

    Stage Technician

    1. Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary (1 minute or less)
    2. Tell us about some of your experiences with sound, lighting, wardrobe, props, or stage management (2 minutes or less)
    3. OPTIONAL If you play a musical instrument, please demonstrate your skill. If you do not play an instrument, please say, “Not applicable.” (2 minutes or less)
    What will I be asked to do in the one-way video?

    The questions asked in your one-way video interview will differ depending on which YPM role you are applying for.

    Band Member

    1. Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary? (1 minute or less)
    2. Demonstrate a slow and legato technique. For percussionists, specifically kit drummers, demonstrate several tempo steady groove styles in medium and slow tempos. (1 minute or less)
    3. Play a fast tempo passage demonstrating facility. For percussionists, specifically kit drummers, demonstrate several tempo steady groove styles in fast and medium tempos. (1 minute or less)
    4. Perform a full range of chromatic scale, tonguing up and slurring down.
    5. Play a short selection that shows your skill and favorite style of playing (jazz, classical, pop, etc.) and demonstrates your connection to an audience when you play. For percussionists, include swing, shuffle, Latin, rock, and country style variations.
    6. OPTIONAL Provide a sample of your skill on another musical instrument. If you choose not to do this, simply say, “Not Applicable.” (2 minutes or less)

    Singer, Dancer, and Actor

    1. Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary? (1 minute or less)
    2. Sing an up-tempo ‘Broadway style’ or high energy song. (2 minutes or less)
    3. Sing a hymn or ballad (2 minutes or less)
    4. Present a dramatic or comic reading of your choice (1 minute or less)
    5. Provide an example of a dance routine (2 minutes or less)
    6. OPTIONAL If you play a musical instrument, please demonstrate your skill. If you do not play an instrument, please say, “Not applicable.” (2 minutes or less)

    Stage Technician

    1. Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary (1 minute or less)
    2. Tell us about some of your experiences with sound, lighting, wardrobe, props, or stage management (2minutes or less)
    3. OPTIONAL If you play a musical instrument, please demonstrate your skill. If you do not play an instrument, please say, “Not applicable.” (2 minutes or less)
    What is the missionary calling process?

    Applications are due by November 30. All applicants will receive notification about callbacks by mid-December. Call backs will be held in Salt Lake City on the first Saturday after New Year’s Day. If you are invited to callbacks and are unable to attend due to distance or finances, you must talk with the program director to see if there is a way to have a virtual callback audition.

    Notification will be sent to callback candidates about their acceptance status by mid-January. At that time, accepted candidates will receive instructions on how to complete a Church-service missionary application and will eventually be issued a call by their stake president and then set apart by their bishop prior to the beginning of their service.

    Who could I talk to for more information?

    Informational firesides are held at various locations in Utah and Idaho. Return to the main webpage to see the times and locations for this year’s firesides. If you cannot attend a fireside, please contact youngperformingmissionaries@churchofjesuschrist.org.

    I served as a YPM in the past. How can I help spread the word about the program?

    If you have previously served as a YPM and would like to assist with an upcoming fireside, please contact youngperformingmissionaries@churchofjesuschrist.org. You may be asked to greet visitors, participate in a musical number, or share your experiences as a YPM.