Submit your audio recording

This is the first phase of auditioning to be a Canadian Armed Forces CAF musician. You submit your audio recording and supporting documents.

What is expected of you in Phase I

Your audio recording must show your current musical skill level and capabilities. The recording should include and consider the following parameters.

Audio recording content

  • The recording should be between 15 and 30 minutes long
  • The recording may contain a number of different pieces or movements
  • We value skill and ability on a secondary instrument, which should be shown
  • The repertoire is your choice, but selections should show your ability to play different and contrasting styles

Audio technical requirements

  • Your audio recording must be clearly audible and of good quality
  • To ensure anonymity of candidates, do not speak on the recording
  • Submit the recording in compact disc format only, as we do not accept any other format
  • Your audio recording must be free of digital processing, except for format processing (e.g. Apple Lossless, etc.)

What to include in your submission

  • The audio compact disc recording marked with name, date and instrument
  • If you already serve in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), an updated copy of your MPRR.
  • Complete résumé, including musical education, work history and notable accomplishments
  • Accompanying notes describing the recording, such as repertoire performed, instruments played, etc.
  • A signed letter of authenticity by another person attesting that your audio recording is a true representation

Where to send your submission

Music Branch Auditions Coordinator
Directorate of History and Heritage - Music 
National Defence Headquarters
101 Colonel By Dr
Ottawa ON  K1A 0K2

Selection for live audition and the CAF Recruiting Centre processing

Our selection board will assess your submission. We preserve the anonymity of the candidates for this part of the selection process.

When we've completed the assessments, we will let you know whether or not you are invited to a Phase II live audition.

If you are invited to a Phase II live audition, your next step will be to complete the web-based CAF application and contact your local Recruiting Centre (CFRC). When you complete the web-based application, you will get an alpha number. Please forward this alpha number to the DHH Music Auditions Coordinator.

Your Phase II live audition will take place on location with one of 6 Regular Force bands. We will put you in contact with the closest Regular Force band point of contact (POC) to set up an audition date.

Local CFRCs are responsible for coordinating your travel arrangements. If you live in Canada, the CAF will pay for accommodation, meal expenses and transportation to the designated band.

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