Princeton, NJ | Alto
Emefa joined The Capital Hearings in April 2017.
She previously directed Yale’s Redhot & Blue, and was a member of Whim ‘n Rhythm. She has also performed with the Princeton Chamber Choir and Glee Club, the Oxford Gargoyles, and Oxford’s Merton College Choir, among other ensembles.
Emefa is a graduate of Yale University and is currently working on cybersecurity policy at a think tank in Washington, D.C.
Richmond, VA | Alto
She was a member of The Choral Arts Society of Washington from 2006 to 2011. In college, she performed with the Longwood University Camerata and the Chamber Singers, and was also the lead singer of a roots rock band.
Jaime holds masters degrees in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Longwood University. Jaime is currently a professional school counselor at the high school-level in Fairfax County Public Schools.
Detroit, 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.
Roanoke, VA | Soprano
Emily joined The Capital Hearings in April 2017.
She is a recent graduate of the College of William & Mary, having studied Marketing and Music with a concentration in orchestral conducting. She 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 the Accidentals’ 25th anniversary album, Lipstick on the Mic. Outside of music, Emily enjoys graphic design and perfecting her watercolor skills.
Chicago, IL | Baritone
Matt joined The Capital Hearings in 2010, and serves as the ensemble’s hospitality coordinator.
He also performs with local choral ensemble The 18th Street Singers.
Matt holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota, and previously studied music and political science at Grinnell College in Iowa. He currently works as a senior analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he often tries to tell the government how it can do things better.
Matt is a huge fan of the Chicago Bears.
Sumter, SC | Alto
Lyndsey serves as The Capital Hearings’ 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 previously served as the park programming and marketing coordinator for the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, and has previously worked at 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.
Lancaster, PA | Tenor
John served as The Capital Hearings’ executive director from March 2014 to March 2017. His solos on Zhou Long’s Words of the Sun and The Five Satins’ In The Still of the Night appear on the ensemble’s debut album, Opening Statement.
When he is not answering calls from prospective clients, he is also a member of The Choral Arts Society of Washington, where he served as Chorus President from 2006-2010. As a member of the Choral Arts Society, John has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Spoleto Festival.
John is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, and brings his significant experience in arts administration and client cultivation to The Capital Hearings.
West Palm Beach, FL | Alto
Chrislyn joined the Capital Hearings in October 2016.
She previously served as music director of the Mount Holyoke Victory Eights. She was also a member of the Mount Holyoke Jazz Ensemble as well as the Five College West African Drumming Ensemble.
Chrislyn is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Africana Studies with a concentation in visual culture.
Londonderry, NH | Soprano
Heather joined The Capital Hearings in 2010 and has previously served as President of the Board.
Heather is a graduate of Wellesley College and works in business process management for Envision.
Tampa, FL | Bass
Yannick joined The Capital Hearings in April 2017.
He also sings with the 18th Street Singers and performs with DC singer/songwriter Kellyn Marie Goler. While an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, Yannick directed The UGA Accidentals and performed with the Men’s Glee Club, African American Choral Ensemble, and Concert Choir. Beyond choral and a cappella music, Yannick has performed in several musical theater endeavors through the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society, DC Fringe Festival, and Yale University.
After graduating from UGA and spending several years in DC, Yannick attended Yale Law School where he continued both his academic and musical endeavors. After receiving his J.D., he returned to the District, spending three years at the law firm Latham and Watkins, and two with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Yannick currently works at Cunningham Levy Muse, where he focuses his practice on international and political investigations.
Ann Arbor, MI | Baritone, VP
Mike is The Capital Hearings’ music director. His arrangements of Nickel Creek’s Doubting Thomas and Yellowcard’s Light Up the Sky appear on the ensemble’s debut album, Opening Statement. He served as co-producer of the album, and is the featured soloist on Doubting Thomas.
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.
Williamsville, NY | Tenor
Dileep is The Capital Hearings’ founder and served as music director through March 2017. He served as producer of the ensemble’s first album, Opening Statement, released in 2013.
He 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 Advisory Council.
Dileep is a graduate of Cornell University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He currently practices telecommunications law in Washington, D.C. 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.
Dublin, Ireland | Soprano
Fiona joined The Caps in the spring of 2015 and acts as the group’s auditions coordinator.
She is a 2014 Yale graduate, where she sang with Out of the Blue and the Yale Glee Club. During her time in Out of the Blue, the group earned an ICCA semifinal victory and she served as music director, leading artistic projects from album recording to tour programming. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Dom, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Fiona works in legal recruiting at an agency here in DC. Having transitioned away from the hectic world of corporate litigation work, she now convinces people to enter (or remain in) its orbit. In her free time, she is also an avid viewer of the Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, despite her proud Irish roots.
Duluth, GA | Bass
Kyle joined The Capital Hearings in October 2016. He is a proud alumnus of Elon University, where he studied English literature and sang with Twisted Measure, a coed a cappella group.
In 2015, he received a Fulbright grant and moved to Malaysia to teach English for a year. After deciding that one year abroad was plenty of time away from home, he returned to the States to pursue a masters degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland.
When he’s not in class or working as a graduate assistant, Kyle enjoys running in and around the DC area, attempting to play the guitar, and slowly but surely watching everything on his Netflix list.