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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 TheCapitalHearings.com/tickets. First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 945 G St, NW in Washington, D.C.


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 versions penned by leading contemporary a cappella arranger Tom Anderson. Performing each song in acoustic and a cappella styles allows listeners to experience the transformation from original composition to a cappella arrangement. The program will also feature a wide variety of folk, jazz, classical, and pop music from both groups. The performance will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception.

Free tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite. The performance is part of the 2017 All Souls Festival of Music.

RSVP to the Facebook event and read the full press release for more information.


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 not be classical; jazz, pop, folk, world music, and crossover works will be welcomed. Compositions should be through-composed.

We encourage composers age 40 or below to submit mixed a cappella works of two-to-five minutes in length. For full information, please visit thecapitalhearings.com/competition. Submissions are due June 3rd.


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 jazz, and contemporary a cappella).

    Learn more and sign up by visiting our auditions page. Contact our auditions coordinator, Fiona Vella (auditions@thecapitalhearings.com) with any questions.


    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

    Charles Perryman headshot

    The Capital Hearings, a D.C.-based 14-member a cappella ensemble, announced 32-year old composer Charles Perryman (CWPerryman.com) 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 McCarthy-era United States. These are woven together and layered upon each other in complex, pulsating rhythms. At several points, the composition instructs singers to actively ignore tempo markings—and each other—to emphasize the mayhem and disconnectedness.

    “’Demagogue’ is not as much a reaction to recent political events as it is a depiction of a cycle that occurs over and over again in a democracy,” says Perryman. “By using historical documents, government slogans, and political speech, my work stands as a warning about what happens to a free society when it is taken in by a politician who manipulates people’s fears to gain power.”

    Originally from northern Virginia, Perryman, an accomplished composer, arranger, and pianist, now lives in Arlington, Virginia. He teaches music theory at West Virginia University, where he received his D.M.A. in Composition. The competition is open to composers 40 years old and younger from the U.S. and Canada.

    In addition to this world premiere, the Sept. 24 performance by The Capital Hearings will feature a full concert of diverse a cappella works including music from the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” classical composers Jean Sibelius and William Byrd, global rock icons U2, and jazz legend Duke Ellington and many others. Tickets are available for purchase at TheCapitalHearings.com/tickets.

    Since 2010, The Capital Hearings have crafted a unique and compelling blend of cross-genre a cappella in Washington, D.C. Bringing together singers from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, they are dedicated to making exceptional music from jazz standards to Top 40 hits and classical choral favorites. Their debut album, Opening Statement, was released in 2013.

    Press release available here.


    To the Revolution! The Capital Hearings Announce Fall Concert for 9/24

    A cappella performance explores political change in “Revolutions & Revelations”
    Revolutions & Revelations Graphic -- Luke

    The Capital Hearings, a D.C.-based 14-member a cappella ensemble, announced its 6th annual fall concert event at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, “Revolutions & Revelations: The music of political change.” The concert at First Congregational UCC will bring together a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, musical theater and pop a cappella music from the U.S. and around the world.

    “In a time of local and global political uncertainty, the music of Revolutions & Revelations gives us new perspectives by looking and listening both forward and backward in history,” says The Capital Hearings Music Director Dileep Srihari. “It has been a pleasure to learn the stories behind this incredible music, and to see how, in times of crisis, celebration and change around the world, these songs have acted as the glue holding people together.”

    Featured music includes diverse works from the Broadway musical Hamilton, classical composers Jean Sibelius and William Byrd, global rock icons U2, and jazz legend Duke Ellington. The concert will also showcase the world premiere of the winning composition from the ensemble’s 3rd Young Composers Competition. Tickets are available for purchase online at TheCapitalHearings.com/tickets. First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 945 G St, NW in Washington, D.C.

    Since 2010, The Capital Hearings have crafted a unique and compelling blend of cross-genre a cappella in Washington, D.C. Bringing together singers from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, they are dedicated to making exceptional music from jazz standards to Top 40 hits and classical choral favorites. Their debut album, Opening Statement, was released in 2013.