The Capital Hearings hold periodic auditions for new members. Please fill out our audition form and we will email you when our next round of auditions is announced. You may contact Auditions Coordinator Fiona Vella (firstname.lastname@example.org) with additional questions about the process.
What to Expect
First-round auditions are scheduled in 20-minute slots and conducted by the music director. The audition consists of:
- Some vocalizing to get a sense of your range
- Ear and sight-reading exercises
- A prepared solo of your choice that you can sing without accompaniment, about one minute in length (approx. a verse and a chorus)
Callback Auditions: Auditionees who are called back will be invited to join the full group for a rehearsal, which will involve singing two pieces in a quartet with one singer per part. The music will be provided in advance (memorization is not required). Callback auditions typically run from 7:00-10:00 p.m.
About The Group
The Capital Hearings is a mixed a cappella ensemble of D.C.-area professionals, including several former collegiate a cappella music directors. Many members perform in Washington’s larger choruses, have church choir jobs and/or work as arts professionals.
Rehearsals are held in Woodley Park every other Thursday evening during the fall and spring, increasing to weekly during the summer and as performance opportunities require. We also spend 2-3 weekends per year together for retreats or to perform at festivals.
Our ensemble has received multiple Washington Area Music Award (WAMMIE) nominations, and our debut album, Opening Statement, was a Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) Pick of the Year for 2013 and received several Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations. We have performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, the National Portrait Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Embassies of Canada and Switzerland, the Watergate, the Washington Convention Center, the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, and on Capitol Hill.
We Look For Members Who:
- Have the flexibility to comfortably sing in both classical choral and non-classical styles. Experience with vocal jazz is a plus
- Are outstanding musicians and ensemble singers, with an ear for blend, diction, and style in an a cappella setting
- Possess excellent sight-reading skills and the ability to learn music independently
- Enjoy a collaborative group environment with opportunities to contribute a wide range of talents
- Are strong soloists in any style
- Bring directing, arranging, and/or vocal percussion experience
- Are interested in sharing their non-musical talents: Arts and/or nonprofit management, sound, video, design, choreography, etc.