The Capital Hearings, a mixed a cappella ensemble of young professionals, holds periodic auditions for new members.
Our members include several former collegiate a cappella music directors, and we were recently nominated for a 2013 Washington Area Music Award (Wammie). Many of our current members perform in Washington's larger choruses or a cappella groups, have church choir jobs and/or work as music teachers. We have performed at local venues including Strathmore, the National Portrait Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Embassies of Canada and Switzerland, the Watergate, the Convention Center, the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, and on Capitol Hill.
Rehearsals are typically held in Woodley Park every other Wednesday 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 vocal festivals, such as CASA's VoCALnation or Chorus America's annual conference.
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First-round auditions are scheduled in 15-minute slots and conducted by the music director. Auditions will involve range testing, ear exercises, and some melodic & rhythmic sight-reading. Auditionees should also prepare a solo in a non-classical style (pop, rock, jazz, etc.) that shows off your musical skills and stage presence. No accompanist will be provided so you should be prepared to perform the solo a cappella.
After in-person auditions, we will hold callbacks. Callback auditionees will join the full group for a short rehearsal of two pieces, and will then perform their parts in a quartet with three current members. The music will be provided in advance, but memorization is not required. Callback auditionees should plan to stay for the full duration of the callback rehearsal / audition (7:30-10:00 PM).
Please fill out the form below and we will email you when our next round of auditions is announced. Interested singers may also contact Music Director Dileep Srihari (firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 630-6067) for more information.