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.

2022 Songwriter Showcase: Presenting Kemi Adegoroye

We are thrilled to announce the return of our Songwriter Showcase honoring D.C.'s thriving music scene by introducing exciting local artists to new audiences. This year’s powerful collaboration features dynamic singer-songwriter Kemi Adegoroye, at the newly revamped Penn Social Concert Hall on Saturday, August 13, at 7:30pm.

Get a glimpse behind the a cappella curtain with back-to-back performances of an original song by Kemi, followed by the world premiere of a new version - arranged for voices only. The program will also feature a vibrant variety of rock, jazz, R&B, pop, and more, as both artists share the ...
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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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