Summerfest Concerts, Inc.
PO Box 22697
Kansas City MO 64113-0697
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 895-2920
Mission Statement
Summerfest, a professional chamber music ensemble, enriches the cultural life of Kansas City through the performances of a variety of music in a setting that fosters interaction between musicians and audience.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Cory Unrein
Board Chair Don Dagenais
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Checks may be mailed to Summerfest PO Box 22697 Kansas City, MO 64113 or visit www.summerfestkc.org and click "donate". Thank you for your support!
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Summerfest, a professional chamber music ensemble, enriches the cultural life of Kansas City through the performances of a variety of music in a setting that fosters interaction between musicians and audience.
Background Statement
  • Summerfest has provided Kansas City audiences with excellent performances of chamber music for  more than 25 years. The summer festival is one of the very few sources of classical music in the summer months for musicians and patrons alike.  
  • Summerfest's programming offers variety in instrumentation and musical styles with an emphasis on lesser-known pieces from all eras. Summerfest features works, input, and appearances of living composers.
  • All Summerfest concerts take place in an informal atmosphere and are followed by Meet the Musician receptions.
  • Summerfest continues to support and satisfy our loyal following, while growing awareness and increasing concert attendance.  We will continue to adapt our creative marketing and development strategies that will grow our audience and ensure Summerfest is around for the next 25 years.
  • Summerfest employs one contracted administrative staff member.
Impact Statement
2017 Accomplishments:
  • Reaching roughly 1400 total audience members through our concerts and outreach events: 724 Regular Concert Series Sales; Survey results indicated 92% returning patrons.
  • Total ticket sales 128-We are pleased to report we presented to a new, more diverse Fringe audience while introducing some long-time Summerfest Patrons to the Fringe experience.
  • Survey results indicated 100% of patrons giving either “Satisfied” or “Very Satisfied” ratings.
  • Summerfest musicians performed 4 outreach events to approximately 519 students and staff at Academie Lafeyette, Kansas City Academy, Academy for Integrated Arts, and Notre Dame De Sion.
 
2018 Goals:
  • Present our 28th season of concerts in July 2018 as well as a series of community outreach concerts for underserved populations. Season concerts will be held over four weekends in July 2018; Saturday evening concerts will be held at White Recital Hall and Sunday afternoon concerts will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Following each performance, Meet the Musician receptions will provide valuable opportunities for audiences and musicians to interact. A minimum of four community outreach concerts will be performed in 2018 to area schools and organizations, with an emphasis on underserved populations. We anticipate serving 1,500-1,750 attendees through our season concerts and outreach performances. Our artistic criteria are quality and creativity and guide all programming and outreach efforts.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding for our summer concert festival.
  2. Funding for our year-round outreach programs for children and seniors.
  3. Printing services for promotional materials and concert programs.
Service Categories
Bands & Ensembles
Music
Areas of Service
MO
KS
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

What do you do if you are a fan of classical music and it’s summertime in Kansas City? The Kansas City Symphony and all of our other fine professional classical music groups are in their “off” seasons, and of course our two fine local conservatories of music are closed for the summer. 

The answer, thankfully, is Summerfest. Summerfest is a professional chamber music organization consisting of members of the Kansas City Symphony, faculty members from our local conservatories, and other fine professional musicians who have joined together for over 25 years to produce extremely high quality, accessible chamber music performances during four weeks in midsummer. It has served a key function, filling a void in Kansas City’s cultural scene for those years. Those of us on the Board are working to ensure that it continues to do so.

Summerfest’s Board includes a committee of three artistic advisors, all professional musicians, who create the musical programming and enlist the professional musicians to produce these performances. Each summer consists of works built around a common musical “theme,” and includes compositions ranging from Baroque music all the way to contemporary works. We pride ourselves on featuring the very best of chamber music, presenting to our audiences a wide variety of musical experiences ranging from musical “comfort food” to challenging new offerings that they probably have not heard before.

This Board chair was first attracted to Summerfest many years ago for precisely the above reasons, and found among his fellow audience members others who were equally enthusiastic. Involvement as an audience member and donor eventually morphed into membership on the Board. Most of our other Board members have come to the organization the same way, for the best of reasons, i.e. a passion for the cause.

Like all organizations we face challenges in continuing to attract fresh audiences and continuing to raise sufficient funds. In the current year the Board is focused primarily on creating some intriguing new opportunities to expand our audience horizons considerably and appeal to very nontraditional classical music audiences, as well as serving our traditional customer base.

Donations to Summerfest help allow us to continue doing this good work. Thank you.

Don Dagenais

Summerfest Board President 2018

Programs
Description
On all our materials, it states: "Summerfest, the art and soul of chamber music." This summer, we wanted our four programs to highlight that statement in it's most literal sense.
  • Week 1 will include some very common instrumental chamber music ensembles with some less familiar pieces in those genres.
  • Week 2 will highlight chamber music and it's relationship to visual art including Libby Larsen's Blackbirds Red Hills inspired by American artist Georgia O'Keefe.
  • Week 3 will explore chamber music's connection to spirituality including J.S. Bach's sublime Cantata Ich habe genug BWV 82.
  • Week 4 will include a little bit of everything from the preceding weeks: chamber music, art, and soul, with the central work being contemporary composer Daniel Kellogg's Divinum Mysterium.
Concerts will take place Saturdays and Sundays in July. Following each performance, audience members will be invited to a Meet the Musician reception.
Program Budget $100,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified, US,
Short-Term Success

One of Summerfest's programming goals is to introduce our audiences not only to staples of the chamber music repertoire, but also to seldom heard yet deserving pieces from the past four centuries. Audience members often comment that it is the unfamiliar works presented on our concerts that they enjoy the most.

Summerfest continues a long-standing relationship with the UMKC conservatory by presenting concerts to a growing audience at White Recital Hall every Saturday evening in July. The organization also continues a partnership with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for our Sunday concerts. 

Long-Term Success

We would like to see the Kansas City public more involved in attending cultural events. Our casual concert settings and Meet-the-Musician receptions allow us to introduce patrons to classical chamber music in a setting that is welcoming. Our audiences feel comfortable attending concerts and interacting with musicians because of the intimate atmosphere chamber music provides. We hope this inspires them to attend other cultural activities in Kansas City, as well.

Program Success Monitored By

Summerfest appreciates and continues to provide ample opportunity for direct audience feedback. In addition to our Meet-the-Musician receptions immediately following each summer series concert, we also hold free outreach concerts throughout the year that include an informal question and answer session.  We continually evaluate, adjust, and improve upon the surveys to garner this most important feedback and demographic information from our audiences.  These examples of both direct and informal interaction provide us with the valuable input from our audience about our season programming, marketing efforts, overall successes, and areas for improvement.

Examples of Program Success

Reaching approximately 1,400 audience members through our concerts and outreach events, the 2017 Season brought exciting changes while taking care to protect the standards our loyal patrons have come to expect.

Highlights include:
  • Multi-media presentations were incorporated to shows and received positive responses. We will continue multi-media collaborations, incorporating these elements into concerts and marketing collaboratively with additional artists in 2018.
  • The 2017 regular series concerts were performed without an intermission but included a relaxed commentary during the re-set of the stage. According to the feedback we solicited from patrons and surveys, this is a positive change that will remain.
Description

Summerfest schedules multiple outreach events year-round for audiences that traditionally do not (or cannot) attend paid concert events.  We strive to reach a diverse audience through outreach to young adults and seniors, to a variety of communities/neighborhoods throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, and to people of diverse economic backgrounds. Summerfest's outreach audiences have included members of the Jack and Jill Club (a service club for African-American children), students attending summer music camps through the UMKC, residents from assisted living centers, students from the Kansas School for the Blind, and young children in Kansas City area public libraries.

In 2017, Summerfest performed outreach events reaching over 1,400 Kansas City area youth. Our events with Jack and Jill, Carver Elementary and Crossroads Academy allow us to bring classical music to underserved communities and provide opportunities that might not otherwise be made available to these students, families and staff.
Program Budget 10,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Minorities
Short-Term Success A minimum of four community outreach concerts will be performed in 2018 to area schools and organizations, with an emphasis on underserved populations. We anticipate serving 1,500-1,750 attendees through our season concerts and outreach performances. Our artistic criteria are quality and creativity and guide all programming and outreach efforts.
Long-Term Success

In the past 25 years, Summerfest reached over 20,000 children and adults through outreach activities. Our intent is to share our passion for music to audiences who would not otherwise hear live classical music. We also hope to build future audiences for classical music by introducing young children and their families to our art.

Program Success Monitored By

Our organization counts the number of individuals served by our outreach program on an annual basis. We strive each year to reach audiences in all five counties of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Our audience includes people of all ages: children, their families, educators, and seniors. Partnering schools, and assisted living centers continue to request that Summerfest musicians return to provide our outreach program at their venue. With limited funding and a desire to reach a diverse audience, however, we must limit return visits to some of our partnering organizations each year.

Examples of Program Success
Our artistic criteria are quality and creativity and guide all programming and outreach efforts. We served over 1,400 individuals through our concerts and outreach programs in 2017.
CEO Comments One of our greatest challenges is related to our small board.  We continue to look to expand the board through regular discussions and contacts.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Cory Unrein
Term Start Nov 2017
Experience Cory Unrein has nearly 20 years nonprofit management experience, including 13 years serving a number of organizations as a fund development, management and marketing consultant. Ms. Unrein received a Bachelor in Public Administration from Park College (now Park University). Ms. Unrein was hired by Summerfest Concerts in November 2017 to provide services as Administrative Coordinator on a part-time contract basis.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Cynthia Duty Jan 2003 -
Lisa Schubert Hickok Nov 2010 - Nov
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 23
Volunteers 20
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

Like all organizations we face challenges in continuing to attract fresh audiences and continuing to raise sufficient funds. In the current year the Board is focused primarily on creating some intriguing new opportunities to expand our audience horizons considerably and appeal to very nontraditional classical music audiences, as well as serving our traditional customer base.

Board Chair
Board Chair Don Dagenais
Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage
Term Sept 2015 to July 2018
Email ddagenais@lathropgage.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jason Bryles
Jane Carl University of Missouri at Kansas City
Una Creditor
Don Dagenais Lathrop & Gage
Alexander East
Shannon Finney Kansas City Symphony
Michael Gordon
Charlotte Herman
Robert Herman
Yvonne Jameson
Stephanie Miller Standard Style/Baldwin Denim
Mary Redmon University of Kansas Medical Center
Don Shanks Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Marketing
Administration
Operations
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $81,000
Projected Expenses $78,557
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include individual contributions.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$43,911$86,365$98,763
Administration Expense$24,195$0$0
Fundraising Expense$6,378$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.940.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$8,978$8,500$13,374
Current Assets$8,978$8,400$13,274
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$8,978$8,500$13,374
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Summerfest Concerts, Inc.
Address PO Box 22697
Kansas City, MO 641130697
Primary Phone (816) 895-2920
Contact Email info@summerfestkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Cory Unrein
Board Chair Don Dagenais
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage
Year of Incorporation 1991