Fogarty Wins 2017 YCC Prize With “It sifts from Leaden Sieves”

Top Selection from The Capital Hearings’ 4th annual Young Composers Competition will premiere Dec. 10

The Capital Hearings, a D.C.-based 13-member vocal ensemble, announced composer Rachel DeVore Fogarty ( as the winner of its 2017 Young Composers Competition. The Capital Hearings will premiere the piece, “It sifts from Leaden Sieves,” at its holiday concert, An A Cappella Holiday with the Capital Hearings, on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia.

For the first time since its inception in 2014, this year’s competition solicited compositions with a holiday theme. Fogarty’s delicately layered work sets Emily Dickinson’s timeless poetry to recreate the experience of falling snow.

“Many poets have written about snow, but few have captured the joy of watching it fall with the nuance and intimate detail of Dickinson’s ‘It sifts from Leaden Sieves,’” says Fogarty. “As a Southerner now living in New York, her words encapsulate for me the magic of the season’s first snowfall, which I’ve worked to craft into the rhythmic and harmonic framework of the piece.”

In addition to this world premiere during the ensemble’s performance on Dec. 10, The Capital Hearings’ holiday season will feature a festive and diverse set of a cappella works, including public performances at the U.S. Botanic Garden (Dec. 5) and the Downtown Holiday Market (Dec. 16). Full schedule and ticket information is available at

Path to Here: The Capital Hearings Announce Sept. 30 Concert, Album Release

Musical pilgrimages and D.C. songwriters anchor The Capital Hearings’ fall concert

The Capital Hearings, a D.C.-based 14-member a cappella ensemble, announced its seventh annual fall concert event at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, “Path to Here: An Album Release Concert.” The performance at First Congregational UCC will feature a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz and pop a cappella music. Several selections from their new album (pre-order available) will anchor the concert.

The concert includes works by artists from down the street, across the country and around the world. It will feature the music of up-and-coming American composers such as Connor J. Koppin, jazz legends like Hoagy Carmichael, pop and folk stars from the Indigo Girls to Ed Sheeran, and choral masterworks old (Palestrina) and new (Betinis, Ešenvalds). The concert will also showcase two songs written earlier this year for The Capital Hearings by local folk duo The Sweater Set.

Tickets are available for purchase online at First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 945 G St, NW in Washington, D.C.