Making the Dream a Reality


Here are a few updates. A short post today, as we’re currently working on big announcements for Monday.

Sam has been studying for the past two weeks at the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield, MA. There he’s met a welcome change of scenery and faces. Starting a nonprofit arts organization (to no one’s surprise) is not a walk in the park. The cooler air in the Massachusetts hills has brought refreshment, but I know that the exciting thought of returning home to the Verdigris drawing board persists. Here are some of his thoughts:

"I now know how it feels to want something so badly you can almost taste it.  You have to work through almost all of your time to make the dream happen. My parents are the biggest role models for me and examples of this. They persevered through oppression in the Soviet Union and sacrificed more than I can imagine to live the American dream. All odds were against them and yet they came to the United States in 1990 and subsequently became very successful. Of course the Verdigris scenario is much different in nature, but the idea of feeling passionate about something to the point that you're working until you make it happen is definitely there."

Here, in no particular order, is a quick run-down of some of the victories and challenges we’ve faced this summer.

  • Slowly establishing a board of trusted mentors, supporters, and influencers in the Dallas area. It takes trust to ask and even more courage to say yes, and we are so grateful for the support of the people who have come on board.

  • Having some people respectfully bow out after realizing that sitting on the board does not fit their schedule for the coming year. Even though this is disappointing, we appreciate an honest no, instead of a hurried yes.

  • Receiving a few checks in the mail from regular people wanting to see a good thing grow. Sam has pursued support through many personal conversations, and he is seeing fruit come from the time spent on those connections. We have raised roughly about $4,000.

  • A radio interview! Sam came home after the taping full of doubt. “I think I sounded dumb when I said this…” “I know I got the date wrong when I said that…” But a few weeks later, with thumping heart, he listened to the broadcast and felt good about how he represented himself and the organization. SO PROUD.

As we face a full season of music-making, we stand at the base of the biggest mountain on the to-do list. Funding. Stay tuned for how you can help.

Erinn Sensenig