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.

2020 Young Composers Competition Opens

The Capital Hearings’ seventh annual Young Composers Competition invites submissions on this year’s theme. The winning submission will be premiered by the ensemble. Submissions should be thematically related to the occasion of The Capital Hearings’ 10th anniversary in 2020. This may include themes regarding anniversaries and celebrations, but could also involve more metaphorical interpretations regarding milestones, the passage of time, traditions, belonging, growth, change, etc. It could also connect to anniversaries of historical events that fall in 2020. We welcome composers from all backgrounds. We especially encourage entries from composers who identify as belonging to an underrepresented group, although submissions will ...
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Winter 2020 Auditions

The Capital Hearings are holding auditions for Sopranos and Tenors!

We are looking for versatile and enthusiastic singers who are ready to tackle a wide range of classical choral, vocal jazz, and contemporary a cappella repertoire.

Email to schedule an audition at one of the following times:

  • Wednesday, January 15th 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21st 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26th, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

For all other voice parts, please complete our audition inquiry form to express interest in future openings.

Audition Process

First-round auditions are scheduled in 20-minute slots and conducted by the music director. Auditions will involve ...
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POWER PLAY: The Capital Hearings in Concert

The search for power is a timeless one; from the dawn of civilization to #MeToo, everyone in history has been shaped by their own power--or lack thereof. History is littered with the forgotten stories of the underprivileged and the censored tales of those who lost their battles. How humanity measures power on the large scale has shifted with the times: the ability to provide has given way to the charisma to inspire, while physical strength has been overtaken by wealth and capital. Whether we put our trust in the mystical or summon our courage from superheroes, some things remain steadfast: ...
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