The Capital Hearings

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Young Composers Competition Open

The Capital Hearings’ 9th annual Young Composers Competition is now open for submissions. Read more about our theme, Memories & Visions, and the submission guidelines on our competition page. 2023 submissions are due June 9. Watch the live premiere of the 2022 Young Composers Competition winner, “Mining the Sunshine” by Ericsson Hatfield, on our YouTube channel now.

Holiday performances!

Join us this December to celebrate the season. Here’s where you can find us: Sunday, December 4: We’ll be taking the main stage at the Downtown Holiday Market (8th and F Streets, NW), a perennial favorite among those shopping for local gifts. Come on down and listen at 2:30 and 3:30 and check some presents off your list while you’re […]

Fall Concert on Saturday, October 8th!

We’re so proud to present our 11th annual Fall Concert on Saturday, October 8th, 7:30 pm in downtown DC! SHINE: Refractions & Reflections celebrates and explores the many forms of light, a basic building block of life itself, through song. Join us for a journey featuring our signature mix of pop, jazz, and classical musicfrom SIA, Simon & Garfunkel, Indonesian […]

Announcing the winner of our 2022 Young Composers Competition!

Congratulations to Ericsson Hatfield, the winner of our 2022 Young Composers Competition! Eric is 27 years old and hails from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from NYU and a masters in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His song cycle, “God’s World,” for solo voice and piano, won first place in […]

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 […]

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 [email protected] 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Fall Concert 2018: Worlds of Our Creation

Hello! You see the world like no one else. This year’s fall concert explores music that speaks to the realities and illusions of perspective: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’s “Pure Imagination,” the magnetic funk of Stevie Wonder, the seductive optimism of Duke Ellington, the incisive commentary of Ted Hearne, and the melodic nostalgia of Sara Bareilles. In The Capital […]