Bringing together repertoire from many diverse traditions, The Capital Hearings illuminate commonalities between songs of all styles, from all eras – and the communities that birthed them.

Our genre-busting mission unites complex jazz, transcendent global and classical music, and dynamic modern hits into a thought-provoking message. The Capital Hearings break down barriers and prompt our audiences to build new bridges of understanding.



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 ...
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July 16: The Capital Hearings & The Sweater Set Join Forces for D.C. Songwriter Showcase

In a free performance, The Capital Hearings and D.C. folk duo The Sweater Set will co-premiere original music in a unique collaboration. The project, supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, will bring new songs to new audiences and showcase the incredible musical talent of local artists.

The concert will take place at at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Woodley Park, Washington, D.C.

The event will showcase the co-premieres of two original songs commissioned by The Capital Hearings from The Sweater Set's Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary, along with ...
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Holiday-Themed 2017 Young Composers Competition Accepting Entries

For 2017, the fourth annual Capital Hearings Young Composers Competition invites submissions on the theme of non-traditional holiday music. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner, and the selection will be premiered as a centerpiece of the group’s holiday program this December.

We encourage submissions that reach beyond of the realm of the traditional holiday piece, which could include setting new or unfamiliar texts, distinct settings of familiar texts, and/or secular, seasonal, or sacred themes of any faith tradition. In keeping with The Capital Hearings’ cross-genre approach to a cappella music, entries need ...
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