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 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 ( with any questions.