Our Members

Sonya BessalelRegina BurgherLuke CapizzoEmily ChrismanLyndsey GoreTrey HarrisMicah HendlerHeather MacDonaldRyan McCartyMike RowanLeila SchochetDileep Srihari

Sonya Bessalel

Bethesda, MD | Alto

Sonya joined The Capital Hearings in September 2018. Full bio and photo coming soon!

She is a former member of Wesleyan’s Notably Sharp and has previously performed with the Washington Revels and the Children’s Chorus of Washington.

Sonya is a graduate of Wesleyan University, having studied European literature, history, philosophy, and Spanish. She works for GMMB, a Fleishman-Hillard social change public relations agency.

Regina Burgher

King of Prussia, PA | Soprano

Regina joined The Capital Hearings in September 2018. Full bio and photo coming soon!

She is a former member of the Princeton Tigerlilies as well as the Princeton Glee Club and its Chamber Choir. She currently also performs with the 18th Street Singers.

Regina is a graduate of Princeton University and works in arts administration. She is currently the Development Manager for the Choral Arts Society of Washington.


Luke Capizzo

Bloomfield Hills, MI | Tenor

Luke joined The Capital Hearings in February 2016, and serves as the ensemble’s Communications Director.

He is an alumnus of the Michigan State University Accafellas and State Singers, and has also sung with Vanguard Voices, Steiner Chorale, and the Michigan Caroling Company. He has performed at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, and in The White House.

Luke is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Relations at the University of Maryland after practicing agency and advocacy PR in Michigan. He is also a former/recovering competitive figure skater and coach. When not singing, studying, or grading, he enjoys cheering on the Spartans and Detroit Tigers.

Emily Chrisman

Roanoke, VA | Soprano

Emily joined The Capital Hearings in April 2017, and currently serves as Treasurer.

She previously sang with the William & Mary Accidentals, an all-female a cappella group. As assistant director and recording manager of the Accis, she led production of their 25th anniversary album, Lipstick on the Mic.

Emily is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, having studied Marketing and Music with a concentration in orchestral conducting. She currently works in institutional giving at the Kennedy Center. Outside of music, she enjoys graphic design and perfecting her watercolor skills.


Lyndsey Gore

Sumter, SC | Alto

Lyndsey is a founding member of The Capital Hearings. She currently serves as President and box office coordinator.

She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Indiana, and previously studied music and political science at the University of South Carolina. She is currently the Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President – Operations at the Kennedy Center. She has previously worked at the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the Washington National Opera, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Washington Savoyards. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Capital City Symphony.

Lyndsey is well-versed in wrangling people – especially singers, children, and/or singers who are acting like children. She is a South Carolina Gamecock and very proud of it.

Trey Harris

Grosse Pointe, MI | Bass

Trey joined The Capital Hearings in Spring 2018.

Starting at the University of Michigan as a voice major, Trey sang with the Men’s Glee Club (with which he toured the US and Australia) and other choirs. He switched gears halfway through, and put his new Theatre Production major to work producing 3 large-scale musicals at the University.  He also founded a short-lived a cappella group called Fermata, followed by a 2-year stint with the Dicks & Janes, for whom he arranged dozens of songs, toured the East and West coasts, and even sang alongside Rockapella!

With the Dicks & Janes, and later as a freelance producer, Trey arranged, produced, and/or mixed recordings for several a cappella groups. He has credits on three tracks on Varsity Vocals’ Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) albums, three tracks on the Voices Only compilations, and another on CASA’s Sing seriesHe wrote for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) for a year, hopefully using his experience to help other groups from around the world hone in on their sound and create new masterworks.

From Detroit to Los Angeles to DC, Trey’s worked in Tax & Estate Planning Law, Corporate Litigation, Film Music, Recording & Music Production, Writing & Editing, Graphic Design, Marketing, Sales, and more. For the last few years, while he taught at The Nora School and then while he ran admissions & outreach for Friends Meeting School, he kept busy helping to found RockStarts, which brings musical learning to children ages 0-5 all around DC, and is now his stay-at-home day job.

Trey is blessed to have his incredible wife and daughters in his life, and he credits them for everything good that happens to him.

Micah Hendler

Bethesda, MD | Tenor

Micah joined The Capital Hearings in June 2018. Full bio and photo coming soon!

He is a former member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs and was music director of The Duke’s Men of Yale. His arrangement of “Singin’ in the Rain” was nominate for a CARA award. He is the founder of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, a choir for Israeli and Palestinian high school students.

Micah is a graduate of Yale University, having studied music and international studies. He recently returned to the Washington area after spending six years abroad in Jerusalem.

Heather MacDonald

Londonderry, NH | Soprano

Heather joined The Capital Hearings in 2010. She has previously served as Treasurer and President from 2014-16.

She has previously performed with the MIT/Wellesley Toons and the Wellesley College Choir and Collegium Musicum. She also performs with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Heather is a graduate of Wellesley College and works in business process management for Envision.

Ryan McCarty

Allentown, PA | Baritone

Ryan joined The Capital Hearings in March 2018.

He is a former music director of the Princeton Nassoons and is an alumnus of the Princeton Glee Club, Chamber Choir, and Opera Company. He also performs with the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the The 18th Street Singers. Ryan is a graduate of Princeton University studying music theory and composition, and his works and arrangements have won several competitions and been performed around the world.

Ryan currently works as a technical consultant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As a hobby he makes crossword puzzles, which have been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Ryan has also had some unusual brushes with celebrities, including performing in the film “Admission” with Tina Fey, participating in Madeleine Albright’s first selfie, and singing for Joan Rivers’s dog’s funeral (long story).


Mike Rowan

Ann Arbor, MI | Baritone, VP

Mike is The Capital Hearings’ music director. He was a co-producer on the ensemble’s first two albums, When The Night Is New (2017) and Opening Statement (2013).

He is a former music director of the UMich Dicks & Janes, and an alumnus of the Michigan Men’s Glee Club. He also performs with local choral ensemble The 18th Street Singers where he previously served as communications director.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has worked in higher education and arts administration. He currently works at Chorus America, with previous positions at American University, Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), and as a Chancellor’s Representative for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Leila Schochet

Princeton, NJ | Alto

Leila joined The Capital Hearings in March 2018.

She previously served as music director of the Middlebury Bobolinks and is an alumna of the Middlebury College Choir.

Leila is a graduate of Middlebury College where she majored in psychology, education, and Spanish. She is currently the Research and Advocacy Manager for Early Childhoold Policy at the Center for American Progress. When she’s not singing, Leila enjoys cooking, doing yoga, hiking, and exploring D.C.


Dileep Srihari

Williamsville, NY | Tenor

Dileep is The Capital Hearings’ founder and served as music director through March 2017. He was producer of the ensemble’s first two albums, When The Night Is New (2017) and Opening Statement (2013).

He also performs regularly with the Choral Arts Society of Washington. He has been a featured soloist with Choral Arts on several occasions, including performances of Mozart’s Missa solemnis in C, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor, Gabrieli’s In Ecclesiis, Biebl’s Ave Maria, and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. He has also appeared as a soloist in concert series at the Library of Congress and at the Freeman Stage in Delaware.

He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. He is also an alumnus of the Cornell University Glee Club and a member of its Alumni Board.

Dileep is a graduate of Cornell University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He currently works in telecommunications policy and was formerly a U.S. Senate staffer. In his spare time, he is The Capital Hearings’ webmaster and a Buffalo sports fan who is always circling the wagons for next year.

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