D.C. A Cappella Group Announces Winner of North American Young Composers Competition
Date: August 19, 2014
Location: District of Columbia, USA
Contact: Carolyn Wise July 31, 2014
Cell: 202-630-9473 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Group to Give World Premiere Performance of “There will come Soft Rains”
September 27th in Washington, D.C.
July 31, 2014, Washington, D.C. – D.C.-based a cappella ensemble The Capital Hearings announced today it
has selected Connor J. Koppin, 23, of Ames, Iowa, as the winner of its inaugural Young Composers Competition. The
Capital Hearings will premiere Koppin’s winning composition, “There will come Soft Rains,” in Washington on September
27, 2014, during the group’s fourth annual fall concert, SEASONS.
The competition attracted entries from 22 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces, and was
open to U.S. and Canadian composers, ages 40 and under.
"I composed 'There will come Soft Rains' because I believe that this piece captures the essence of the natural
world while seeking to remind us as humans what it would be like to live in a place free of violence or malice,"
Koppin explained. "I am very humbled to be chosen as the winner of The Capital Hearings' Young Composers
Competition, and I cannot wait to hear the piece brought to life by this unique ensemble."
The work, written for men’s and women’s a cappella voices, features text written in the aftermath of World War I
by American poet Sara Teasdale, and vividly describes how the earth revives itself in the wake of human conflicts.
Koppin is a 2013 graduate of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, where he studied conducting with Lee Nelson. His
choral works have been performed across the U.S., including the premiere of "i carry your heart" at Carnegie Hall in
March 2013. Koppin’s music has been published by MorningStar Music Publishers and ECS Publishing. He is currently
the Director of Choral Activities at Roland-Story High School in Story City, Iowa.
"Our inaugural competition reflects The Capital Hearings’ commitment to the creation and performance of new
music,” notes Dileep Srihari, the group’s music director. “We were very gratified by the tremendous response and
look forward to continuing our support of emerging composers in future years.”
The Capital Hearings will perform “There will come Soft Rains” during its fourth annual fall concert, SEASONS, at
All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. at 8:00 PM on September 27, 2014. The concert will highlight the
group’s signature blend of classical, jazz, pop, folk, and more. Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at
SEASONS: The Capital Hearings in Concert Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 8:00 PM
All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church
2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (map)
Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door