New Reign will hold auditions for tenor/baritone and soprano/alto singers early in the fall semester. Audition applicants are required to submit a video consisting of the following:
- Two songs sung without accompaniment, at least one of which should be a song from New Reign’s Hello Mercy, Light Up The Sky, Refuge, Seven, or Made to Love projects. (Click here to listen to clips from New Reign’s CDs). It may benefit candidates to select songs of varying styles to best showcase their voices (Ex: one fast song, one slow song). It isn’t necessary to sing the songs in their entirety; you can just do 1-2 minutes of each song (Ex: verse, chorus, bridge, end chorus instead of the whole song).
- A 30-45 second introduction of one of the songs as if you were introducing the song in concert (why the song’s message is meaningful to you, spiritual applications, etc.).
The video should be submitted on a DVD or as a Quicktime, .AVI, .MOV or .MPEG file on a CD/flash drive. Professional video/audio quality isn’t necessary (for instance, OC students can just record the videos on their laptops with iMovie, Photo Booth, etc.), but you’ll want to be sure the recording adequately captures your vocal performance.
Because New Reign is a ministry and because the group represents OC at events across the country, it is important that the selection of members go beyond vocal ability. Each candidate will be asked to complete an application in conjunction with their audition video. (Click here to download the application).
If you make it to the callback round of auditions, we request two references: 1) an elder or minister at the candidate’s home congregation; and 2) an OC faculty or staff member. (Incoming students can substitute another reference instead of an OC faculty/staff member). Please include the references’ phone numbers and email addresses.
Please submit audition videos and applications to Sonya Young in OC’s Student Life Office by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 2. Email New Reign’s director, Wes McKinzie, if you have questions about the audition process or other things related to New Reign.
What kind of students are you looking for?
We are obviously looking for talented singers and exciting performers, but we’re also looking for nice people and dedicated team players. A warm personality, a positive attitude, a strong spiritual commitment, and a heart for ministry (especially to young people) are just as important as a good voice or good musical ability.
Can incoming students audition?
Though we generally select current undergraduate students to give more students the opportunity to participate in New Reign over time, we do encourage incoming students to audition because it can be helpful to go through the process, both for the experience and in planting a seed for future auditions.
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 those required by New Reign.
Will people who are selected for the group have to re-audition the following year?
The membership of all returning members is up for review each year. There always is the possibility we’ll need to replace a singer for musical or personal reasons.
Who selects the group members?
New Reign director Wes McKinzie supervises the audition process, and make decisions in consultation with current group members and other musicians.
Do the members receive scholarships?
New Reign members receive scholarships that increase each year they are in the group. The New Reign scholarship is stackable with one other OC award/discount up to full tuition.
What kind of music does the group perform?
New Reign performs a wide variety of a cappella music, ranging from soft ballads to upbeat rap and rock-style songs. New Reign is not limited to a particular style of music, but all songs have a Christian focus and emphasis, with the primary goal of glorifying God and ministering to individuals at each concert. Click here to listen to sound clips from the group’s recording projects.