The Poet Sings

The Poet Sings project is a pilot outreach initiative by Verdigris Ensemble with the 6th-8th grade choir students at W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy (WEGEAA), the middle school arts magnet in Dallas Independent School District (located in Oak Cliff). The project includes rehearsals, performances, and free private music lessons provided by Verdigris Ensemble vocalists and educators which will culminate in a final collaborative performance. This performance will include the world premiere of a choral composition which will use poetry composed by students, set to music by Dallas-based composer, singer, and educator Meredith Tompkins


The Poet Sings outreach collaboration provides a platform for motivated vocal students in DISD to work with professional singers on a uniquely creative choral collaboration. Students at WEGEAA are motivated, talented students from across Dallas, but a significant portion lack the resources for individual music enrichment. Through this outreach, Verdigris is providing opportunities for individual students to grow through private lessons, choral workshops, vocal masterclasses, and interdisciplinary creation that culminate in an inspiring, student-centered performance. 

We need your help to make this a success. Help us reach a body of over 125 choir students at WEGEAA!