Founded in 2017, Verdigris Ensemble has quickly established itself as “among the most creative and effective storytellers in North Texas” (TheaterJones) and the “crème de la crème of the area’s professional choral voices” (Dallas Morning News). the Dallas-based professional choir is dedicated to bringing choral music to the modern audience through creative concert programming, unconventional use of space, and collaboration. Focusing on story-driven musical narratives, the Verdigris Ensemble commissions new works, collaborates with interdisciplinary artists, inspires new audiences, and invests in the next generation of musicians.
Verdigris Ensemble has been hailed by audiences and critics for its ability to deeply engage audiences. Its performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields, in collaboration with world-renowned Bang on a Can All-Stars, Julia Wolfe, and SOLUNA Festival, was hailed as “powerful” (Dallas Morning News) and performed with “brilliant cohesion.” (TheaterJones)
Past projects include World Premieres of Nicholas Reeves’s Betty’s Notebook and David Ross Lawn’s Faces of Dallas, Texas Premieres of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields and Mason Bates’s Mass Transmission. Past collaborations include SOLUNA Festival, Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum, Avant Chamber Ballet, UTA Planetarium, Temple Emanu-El, Texas Theatre, Oak Cliff Film Festival, and more.
During its 2018-19 season, Verdigris Ensemble collaborated with W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy in a 4-week outreach residency culminating in a performance that world premiered Meredith Tompkins’ How I Learned To Fly, a choral piece of music that set Greiner students’ poems to music. Verdigris Ensemble also launched its first annual ION Young Composer Competition, a competition designed to foster, encourage, and find Dallas’ unique choral voice through passion, exploration, and innovation.
Verdigris Ensemble Mission
Enrich our community by gathering musicians from around the country to perform diverse choral music at the highest level.
Inspire audiences through innovative choral programming that engages more than just the ear of the listener.
Invest in the next generation of musicians, offering free concert admission to students and teachers of music and engaging school music programs through educational outreach.