Bringing together repertoire from many diverse traditions, The Capital Hearings illuminate commonalities between songs of all styles, from all eras – and the communities that birthed them.

Our genre-busting mission unites complex jazz, transcendent global and classical music, and dynamic modern hits into a thought-provoking message. The Capital Hearings break down barriers and prompt our audiences to build new bridges of understanding.

April 2022 Auditions

The Capital Hearings are holding auditions for Altos, Baritones, and Basses! We’re looking for versatile singers ready to tackle a wide range of classical choral, vocal jazz, and contemporary a cappella repertoire. Email with your name, phone number, and preferred first round date:

  • Wednesday April 27, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday April 30, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

See our Auditions page for more in-depth details, and we look forward to meeting you!

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2021 Young Composers Competition Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Nicholas Ryan Kelly, the winner of our 2021 Young Composers Competition! His new work "Infinite Horizon" sets John Gould Fletcher's stirring poem "The Calm". In Kelly's words: "As North America slowly emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, I related to...the restlessness that can accompany involuntary idleness, and the hope in an unseen, unknowable future, as well as the simple sense of renewal after a storm. This whole spectrum of emotions came out (and was hopefully reconciled) in the music." Join us on October 23 for the World Premiere of this stunning new piece! ...
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New Music Video “And the Phoenix” Released!

"And The Phoenix" was collaboratively written and individually recorded by our members in their home studios over the course of the last year. We are so excited to share it with you! The song explores our collective experience of the pandemic, highlighting in particular how nature and music have brought us all comfort during these difficult times. Despite the circumstances, we continued to meet (virtually, of course) each week to sing, enjoy our community, and together compose this beautiful song about emerging stronger from the trials we've faced. We are incredibly grateful to the Caps' own Micah Hendler and Austin ...
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