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.

Spring 2017 Auditions: April 8, 11 & 12

Seeking low bass, mezzo (soprano 2/alto 1), and high soprano singers

The Capital Hearings are holding auditions for talented singers! If you or someone you know would enjoy becoming a part of D.C.’s leading cross-genre vocal ensemble, please sign up today.

First round auditions:
  • Saturday, April 8: 1:00-5:00 p.m. (Woodley Park)
  • Tuesday, April 11: 7:00-10:00 p.m. (Cleveland Park)
  • Wednesday, April 12: 7:00-10:00 p.m. (Cleveland Park)

  • We’re looking for experienced singers with the drive and passion to make exceptional music, as well as the versatility to perform in a variety of genres (classical choral, vocal ...
    Read More

    Review: DC Metro Theater Arts

    Our performance at AMP by Strathmore got a great review in DC Metro Theater Arts!

    "As Baritone Matthew Cooke [sic] and narrator for the evening explained to a packed house, 'We make music to move people.' And we (those gathered here tonight) were indeed moved. ***

    "Of course there were a few singalong opportunities to join in on “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Silent Night,” for those inclined. *** Allison Echard, Lyndsey Gore and Jamie Alvis treated us to a World Premiere Performance of an original Mike Rowan creation “Next Christmas” which sounded like a warm and hearty bowl ...
    Read More

    2016 YCC Top Prize Goes to Perryman’s “Demagogue”

    The Capital Hearings’ 3rd annual Young Composers Competition names winner, sets world premiere for 9/24/16

    The Capital Hearings, a D.C.-based 14-member a cappella ensemble, announced 32-year old composer Charles Perryman ( as the winner of its 2016 Young Composers Competition. The Capital Hearings will premiere the piece at its sixth annual fall concert, Revolutions & Revelations: The Music of Political Change, on Saturday, Sept. 24 at First Congregational UCC in Washington, D.C.

    Perryman drew language from some of history’s darkest eras to create “Demagogue,” selecting speeches and texts from Ancient Greece, post-revolutionary France, 1930s Germany, and ...
    Read More