Auditioning Information for Canadian Forces Bands (MOSID MUSCN 00166)
- Audition Procedures for: Reserve Force (Part-Time) Bands
FULL–TIME REGULAR FORCE AUDITION COMPETITION PROCESS
|Bass Electric / Upright Bass||CLOSED|
|Flute / Piccolo||OPEN|
|Guitar - Electric / Acoustic||OPEN|
|Percussion Specialty / Drums||CLOSED|
|Piano / Keyboards||CLOSED|
|Pipe Band Drums||CLOSED|
The Canadian Armed Forces Music Branch announces a national audition competition for the following full time-time positions in the Regular Force military bands.
1. Applying for a full-time position in the Regular Force component of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Music Branch is a three-phase process. This begins after the instrumental competition is announced by the Directorate of History of Heritage - Music (DHH Music).
PART 1 - SUBMISSION OF AN AUDIO CD RECORDED AUDITION
2. An applicant submitting an audio CD recording must demonstrate his/her current musical skill level and capabilities. The audio recording should include and consider the following parameters;
a. Audio Recording Content;
- i. performance should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to play different and contrasting styles;
- ii. the music can be of any style;
- iii. the recording should be at least 15-minutes duration and no longer than 30-minutes; and
- iv. skill and ability on a secondary instrument should be demonstrated.
b. Audio Technical Requirement;
- i. the audio recording must be clearly audible and of good quality;
- ii. the audio recording should be free of any digital processing;
- iii. apart from applicants demonstrating secondary vocal ability, no speaking on the recording due to the blind assessment board; and
- iv. no video recordings will be considered.
c. Complete Package Content; and
- i. complete résumé to include musical education, work history and notable accomplishments;
- ii. signed letter of authenticity by a person “of position” attesting that the candidate’s audio recording is a true representation as indicated by the recording;
- iii. the audio CD recording;
- iv. notes describing the content on the recording such as repertoire performed, instruments played etc; and
- v. for military members, an updated copy of their MPRR.
d. Mail the complete package to:
Music Branch Auditions Coordinator
Directorate of History and Heritage - Music
National Defence Headquarters
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0K2
PART 2 - SELECTION FOR LIVE AUDITION AND CANADIAN ARMED FORCES RECRUITING CENTER PROCESSING
3. The CAF Supervisor of Music will convene a selection board to review and assess all submissions received by the requested deadline. This is a blind assessment, and board members are denied any applicants’ personal information.
4. Upon completion of the blind assessments, applicants not invited to Phase II, “Live Audition” will be informed by DHH Music.
5. Applicants invited to participate in Phase II “Live Audition” will be notified by DHH Music and instructed to contact their local Recruiting Centers (CFRC) and complete the online application at www.forces.ca. At this point, candidates will be required to notify DHH Music of their willingness to continue with the recruiting process and to confirm their participation in Phase II “Live Audition”.
6. Upon completion of the application package on the recruiting website, an applicant number should be generated from the CFRC. Forward this applicant number to DHH Music.
7. Local CFRCs are responsible for the recruiting process and the travel arrangements for candidates participating in Phase II “Live Audition”. The CAF will provide accommodation and meal expenses, as well as transportation expenses for candidates residing in Canada.
8. The CAF Music Branch audition is a very challenging audition competition for skilled and experienced musicians. Candidates should prepare for a long and challenging day.
9. The live audition is divided in three parts;
- a. solo performance: candidates are given 20 minutes to perform their own repertoire and demonstrate their technical/professional competencies on the primary instrument. It is also an important asset to demonstrate ability on a secondary instrument during that time;
- b. ensemble performance: candidates will perform with a variety of ensembles; and
- c. interview with a senior Music Branch member: the aim is to discuss the audition performance and the standard achieved; and obtain general career information pertaining to the employment of military musician in the Canadian Armed Forces.
10. Candidates must provide their solo performance musical repertoire list to DHH Music no later than two weeks prior to the live audition and bring three copies of each musical work at the audition.
11. DHH Music will provide candidates with the musical repertoire for the ensemble performances and other musical requirements prior to arriving at the audition location. In addition, DHH Music will provide the administrative details, location, dates and performance time.
12. The final selection will be processed by the Recruiting Group Headquarters (CFRG HQ) based on the CAF instrumental requirements, the audition merit listing and the applicant’s military potential score. Upon completion of the selection process, CFRG HQ will notify the appropriate CFRC and inform selected applicants to finalize the recruiting process.
CANADIAN ARMED FORCES APPLICANTS
RESERVE FORCE MUSICIAN APPLICANTS
13. Reserve Force musicians should inform their chain of command of their intent to participate in the national audition competition for full-time position in the Regular Force component. If a member is selected to participate in Phase II “Live Audition”, the home unit will be responsible for the administration of the component transfer (CT) process; and responsible for the travel arrangements, the initiation and the finalizing of the travel claim for the member to attend the audition competition. The financial authority is DHH.
OCCUPATION TRANSFER APPLICANTS
14. CAF Military personnel external to the musician occupation shall inform their chain of command prior to applying for full-time position in the Regular Force musician occupation. If a member is selected to participate in Phase II “Live Audition”, the home unit will be responsible for the administration of the occupational transfer (OT) process; and responsible for the travel arrangements, the initiation and the finalizing of the travel claim for the member to attend the audition competition. The financial authority is DHH.
All CAF Audition questions should be directed to Master Warrant Officer Steve Lanning 1-866-991-0422 or Steve.Lanning@forces.gc.ca