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The Capital Hearings 7th Annual Young Composers Competition

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The Capital Hearings, a mixed a cappella vocal ensemble based in Washington DC, are delighted to announce our seventh annual Young Composers Competition!  Entries are due on Friday July 2, 2021.


  • Open to U.S. and Canadian residents ages 18-40
  • $1,000 prize; no entry fee
  • Works for mixed a cappella vocal ensemble, suitable for 12-14 voices, 2-5 minutes in length
  • Any style or genre permitted; works need not be “classical"
  • Work may not have received a professional / non-academic premiere (see rules PDF)
  • One work per composer
  • Competition will be adjudicated anonymously

Submissions for 2021 may be on any theme.  Extra consideration will be given to works that relate to our 2021 artistic theme of rebirth and renewal and/or the occasion of The Capital Hearings' 10th anniversary being celebrated this fall.  Interpretations of these themes could potentially relate to milestones, the passage of time, traditions, the COVID-19 pandemic, anniversaries/celebrations, belonging, growth, change, etc.


1. Visit www.thecapitalhearings.com/competition for more details.
2. Review the complete rules (PDF document).

3. Submit online here.
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