Won By One

Audition Information

To audition for Won By One, please complete an online application and have two letters of recommendation sent to wonbyone@pepperdine.edu by March 31 prior to the year of admittance. Within the online application, please provide a link to an uploaded video (Youtube) of a vocal audition consisting of three a cappella songs, one being a previously recorded Won By One song and one song with a brief Won By One style introduction. Do not send your audition video in the form of a DVD or emailed video file.

How are auditions conducted?

All candidates will be required to submit a video recorded audition consisting of three a cappella songs, one with a brief Won By One-style introduction (why the song was selected, why it is meaningful, etc.). It may benefit you to select songs of varying styles in order to most adequately showcase their voices. At least one of the songs must have been previously recorded by Won By One.

Important: The video must be unedited (without stops) -- in other words, it is a continuous taping of song, introduction, song, song, and self-introduction (not necessarily in that order). You should spend no more than five minutes describing yourself.

The online application should be submitted no later than March 31. Your two letters of recommendation should include at least one from an elder or minister at your home congregation and should also be received by March 31. After reviewing the audition videos, a smaller group may be asked to come to campus to audition in person. The group should be selected by the end of April.

If there are any additional questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact us at wonbyone@pepperdine.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Won By One?

Won by One is an a cappella performing group representing Pepperdine University. Its members are chosen by audition each year and must demonstrate musical ability, academic excellence, strength of character and spiritual commitment. The group works with the Office of Church Relations to strengthen ties between Pepperdine and the Churches of Christ and to recruit Christian students for the University.

In addition to its work for Pepperdine, Won by One is a dynamic music ministry that seeks through its performances and recordings to bring its audiences closer to God. Each singer is a committed Christian with a desire to use a God-given talent to glorify and worship the Creator. The group maintains an active performance schedule for churches, youth rallies, retreats, Christian schools and other special occasions.

How are auditions conducted?

All candidates will be required to submit a video recorded audition consisting of three a cappella songs, one with a brief Won By One-style introduction (why the song was selected, why it is meaningful, etc.). It may benefit you to select songs of varying styles in order to most adequately showcase their voices. At least one of the songs must have been previously recorded by Won By One.

Important: The videotape must be unedited (without stops) -- in other words, it is a continuous taping of song, introduction, song, song, and self-introduction (not necessarily in that order). Candidates should spend no more than five minutes describing themselves.

The online application should be submitted no later than March 31. Your two letters of recommendation should include at least one from an elder or minister at your home congregation and should also be received by March 31. After reviewing the audition videos, a smaller group may be asked to come to campus to audition in person. The group should be selected by the end of April.

If there are any additional questions, please direct them to wonbyone@pepperdine.edu

Who chooses the group?

Alan Beard, director of Won By One, supervises the audition process. Final decisions are made after representatives from the Office of Church Relations have reviewed the audition videos.

Will people who are selected for the group have to re-audition the following year?

Ideally, we would like to have the same members return each year until they graduate. However, there is always the possibility we'll need to replace a singer for musical, personal, or spiritual reasons. Auditions will be held each year and all returning members will be required to re-audition. Obviously, returning members will have an advantage and will be given first consideration.

Are graduate students eligible to audition for the group?

Since Won By One is an outreach of Pepperdine's undergraduate college, graduate students are not eligible to audition.

What kind of music does the group perform?

Won By One performs a large variety of music, ranging from ballads to more upbeat songs. All the music and arrangements compare with the most contemporary Christian music. Won By One is not limited to singing any particular style of music, however all songs maintain a Christian emphasis, with the primary goal of glorifying God and ministering through song to the individuals at each concert.

What kind of students is Pepperdine looking for?

We are obviously looking for talented singers and exciting performers. Equally important, however, is a strong spiritual commitment, a heart for ministry (especially to young people) and a warm, pleasant personality.

Do you have to be a music or religion major to be in the group?

We invite all interested students to audition regardless of major. Because of the tremendous time investment though, it is likely that those whose majors or activities require large commitments of time (such as music or theater majors, members of athletic teams, cheerleading squads, student government, etc.) will not be able to meet the requirements of those activities and the group.

Do you have to be a member of the Church of Christ to be in the group?

Students must be a member of the Churches of Christ due to the unique mission of the group and our relationship to the Office of Church Relations.

What kind of scholarship will those who make the group receive?

Members receive a full-tuition scholarship.

What expectations does Pepperdine have for those who are selected for Won By One?

As representatives of Pepperdine, group members are expected to abide by all University rules and regulations and to support the mission statement of the University.

Won By One rehearses 5-6 hours a week, which usually constitutes about 3 rehearsals, and often travels on the weekends to perform. Group members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concert dates and to participate in an extensive summer tour.

Group members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and Christ-like manner in all circumstances.

Consistent with Pepperdine's emphasis on excellence, all group members are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Believing in the importance of a church family, all group members are expected to be involved in the services and activities of a local Church of Christ.

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