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.

2016 Young Composers Competition

We are pleased to announce the launch of our third annual Young Composers Competition! Entrants age 40 or under are eligible, and the competition deadline is Saturday, May 7. A cash prize will be awarded. For more information, please read here ...
Read More

Winter 2016 Auditions

We have just launched our next round of auditions! We're looking for tenors and alto 1s. Low mezzos or S2s interested in regularly singing alto are welcome to audition for the A1 slot. If you're interested, be sure to check out our Auditions page for more info about the process and what we're looking for.

First-rounds will start in late January, with callbacks on Feb. 11th. Let us know if you have any questions by emailing our auditions coordinator, Fiona Vella, at We look forward to hearing (from) you! ...
Read More

WAMU 88.5 – Art Beat

Check out our mention on WAMU's Art Beat With Lauren Landau!

"A local ensemble is putting the spotlight on an instrument much older than the violin: the human voice. D.C. a cappella group The Capital Hearings will perform this Saturday night at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. The ensemble will use songs by Lady Gaga, the Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and others to explore the ways technology impacts our lives. The 8 p.m. concert will also feature songwriter, vocalist and live looper Margot MacDonald."

Read More