Young Composers Competition

The Capital Hearings’ 2022 Young Composers Competition
Submissions Closed

PRISMATICS: REFRACTIONS & REFLECTIONS

Light. It plays a fundamental role in civilization, art, science, and life itself. Our evolution depended on our ability to capture it. It is a source of life and a source of destruction. There are entire fields of study devoted to optics, color, photography, and more – all of which exist solely because of the infinitesimal photons bombarding our planet each second. Mirrors, lenses, and prisms may allow us to alter, reflect and redirect it, but Light still retains metaphor-inspiring power. Songs, paintings, sculptures, and many more works of art throughout time use Light as a stand-in for knowledge, understanding, joy, and countless other states and ideas. In Fall 2022, The Capital Hearings will attempt to harness light itself, by exploring its aspects and nuances through song. From the Light of God to the shattered reflections of a disco ball, we’ll explore this basic building block of our existence from as many perspectives as possible.
Winners
2022
Ericsson Hatfield
Mining the Sunshine
Premiering Oct. 8, 2022
Theme: Light, Refractions and Reflections
Announcement


2021
Nicholas Ryan Kelly
Infinite Horizon
Premiered Oct. 23, 2021
Theme: Rebirth and Renewal
Announcement

2019
Cooper Baldwin
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
Premiered Sept. 28, 2019
Theme: Power Plays
Announcement

2018
Keane Southard
In this short Life
Premiered Sept. 15, 2018
Theme: Reality and Illusion
Announcement

2017
Rachel DeVore Fogarty
It Sifts From Leaden Sieves
Premiered Dec. 10, 2017
Theme: Holiday
Announcement

2016
Charles Perryman
Demagogue
Premiered Sept. 24, 2016
Theme: Politics and Political Capital
Press Release

2015
William Yanesh
The Astronomer
Premiered Oct. 10, 2015
Theme: Technology and Innovation
Press Release

2014
Connor J. Koppin
There Will Come Soft Rains
Premiered Sept. 27, 2014
Theme: Seasons
Press Release