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Won By One

Audition Information

To audition for Won By One, please complete the following steps:

  • fill out an online application, with a link to an uploaded video (details below)
  • have two letters of recommendation sent to wonbyone@pepperdine.edu, with at least one being from an elder or minister at your home congregation
  • priority deadline to apply is April 15, 2016

For the video (YouTube) recording:

Do not send your audition video in the form of a DVD or emailed video file.

All candidates will be required to submit a recorded audition consisting of three songs, one of which must be a Christian worship song.  One of the songs must also be accompanied with a brief introduction of approximately one minute (why you chose the song, why it is meaningful, etc.).  It may benefit you to select songs of varying styles, in order to most adequately showcase your musical ability.

Important: the recording must be unedited (without stops)—in other words, it is a continuous taping of a self-introduction and three songs. Candidates should spend no more than five minutes describing themselves.  Upload your audition to YouTube or Vimeo, and then copy the video link into your online application.

The group should be selected by the end of April.

If you have any additional questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact us at (310) 506-7109 or at wonbyone@pepperdine.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Won By One?

Won by One is a six member a cappella performing group, representing Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Its members are chosen by audition each year and must demonstrate musical ability, academic excellence, strength of character and spiritual commitment. The group works in connection with the Office of Church Relations and the Office of Admissions 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 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 an online application, including a link to a recorded audition video consisting of three a cappella songs, one of which must be a Christian worship song. One of the songs must also be accompanied with a brief introduction of approximately one minute (why you chose the song, why it is meaningful, etc.). It may benefit you to select songs of varying styles, in order to most adequately showcase your musical ability.

Important:  The recording must be unedited (without stops)—in other words, it is a continuous taping of a self-introduction and three songs. Candidates should spend no more than five minutes describing themselves.

To be considered before the priority deadline, video audition links should be sent before April 15.  Each candidate should also complete and submit the electronic application. Two letters of recommendation must be sent via email to wonbyone@pepperdine.edu, at least one being from an elder or minister at their home congregation. The group should be selected by the end of April.

Who chooses the group?

Jeff Walling, director of the Youth Leadership Initiative in the Office of Church Relations, supervises the selection process with a group of former Won By One members along with administrators in the Office of Admissions.

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

Ideally, the same members return each year until they graduate, but 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 an enthusiasm for Pepperdine.

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 will receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 each fall/spring semester, which can be used to cover tuition, room and board for that semester.

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

  • Due to the nature of Won By One and the financial incentives that accompany it, each member is expected to hold Won By One as their highest priority outside of academics.
  • Won By One rehearses 5-6 hours a week, depending on the scheduled performances and weekend travel. Group members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concert dates and to participate in an extensive summer tour.
  • 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.
  • 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 when not traveling with the group.
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