Kansas City Civic Orchestra
4900 Central St #206
c/o Robin Onikul
Kansas City MO 64112
The Kansas City Civic Orchestra performing at the historic Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 642-8117
Mission Statement
The Kansas City Civic Orchestra shall exist to perform symphonic music for the cultural enrichment of the Kansas City metropolitan community through education and entertainment, providing an opportunity for accomplished volunteer musicians to share their talents.
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Marcia Barber
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cisco Systems, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1959
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations are accepted by check to our mailing address or online via PayPal on our website http://www.kccivic.org/wordpress/get-involved/donate/.  The Sponsorship Program invites businesses and/or individuals to support KCCO at several levels of sponsorship.  Sponsors are recognized in KCCO's online presence, at concerts, and with advertising http://www.kccivic.org/wordpress/get-involved/sponsorships/.   A growing number of advertisers also support KCCO.  Patrons interested in volunteering or helping out at concerts can join our Friends of  Civic organization http://www.kccivic.org/wordpress/get-involved/.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Kansas City Civic Orchestra shall exist to perform symphonic music for the cultural enrichment of the Kansas City metropolitan community through education and entertainment, providing an opportunity for accomplished volunteer musicians to share their talents.
Background Statement
Since its founding in 1959, KCCO has been an organization in which metropolitan-area musicians contribute their musical skills to a community-based ensemble. Members rehearse challenging orchestral music weekly and perform several concerts each year, free of charge. The orchestra's 90 to 100 musicians are unpaid volunteers from various walks of life. The organization operates under no paid staff with the exception of the music director. The concertmaster, orchestra librarian, and logistics manager each receive a small stipend for their additional duties. A volunteer board of directors carries out all operational and administrative duties: concert production, bookkeeping and accounting, publicity, and fundraising.
Free admission to its concerts has been a cornerstone of the KCCO's philosophy since its beginning. The concerts can be offered free of charge in part because the musicians are volunteers, performing for their love for music and the desire to share their talents with the community. Kansas City is privileged to have an excellent professional symphony orchestra along with many other performing arts series. However, the cost of tickets and parking for such events is often beyond the reach of many who live in the community, especially families who want to bring children to concerts in order to experience the inspiring sight and sound of a symphony orchestra and seniors with limited discretionary funds. With KCCO concerts, cost is not an obstacle.
Over the past six years, KCCO has continued to see growth in attendance as well as increasing diversity in audience members, including growth in younger audience members and families with children and teenagers. Parents and grandparents have an opportunity to expose their children to high-quality orchestral music without the burden of high ticket prices.
Many musician members of KCCO are employees of the public school districts in teaching or administrative functions in the school music departments. These positions allow them to encourage their students to attend concerts in a relaxed, no-cost environment. This increases their exposure to great music, and encourages them to continue to pursue music even if it does not become their vocation or primary focus after high school.
KCCO has a long standing tradition of sharing a sense of community with our audience. Our pre-concert talks make symphonic music more approachable, no matter the audience member's experience with music. Our current venue puts the audience at the same level as the orchestra and creates a sense of intimacy where the audience feels they are a part of the music. Our Music Director has a wonderful report with the audience and encourages participation, whether it be through Q&A at children's concerts, leading carols at holiday concerts, or pointing out historical or other importance of conductors or their works.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments from 2016/17: 

  1. Growth in audience numbers and diversity due to:   
    Outreach to students, adults and children with special needs, underserved youth, and mature audience members in retirement/assisted living communities through our Education Outreach committee's touring ensemble and our Instrument Petting Zoo event.  These efforts have reached over 2300 children and adults this season.
    Outreach to young audiences and families including friendly, informal concert setting, affordable, accessible location, educational outreach activities/special scheduling for families led by our Educational Outreach Committee. 
    Outreach to Hispanic community through programs and contacts. 
    Outreach to seniors including coordination of bus drop off/pick up areas at concerts and reserved seating for several retirement communities, accessible location, & affordability.
  2. Sustainability Initiatives:
    Corporate Sponsorship Program currently in its 2nd year.  Sponsors are recognized for support at various sponsorship levels ranging $500-$5,000.  Since its inception in 2013-14, the number of sponsors has grown from 6 to 14 and the sponsorship dollars have increased by 364%.  Advertising income also saw a substantial boost. Work has begun to start securing sponsors for the 58th season. 
    Friends of the Civic:  currently at 25 members providing in-kind and operational support for performances and an expanding fund-raising program.  Friends manage the silent auction (this year's saw a 23% increase in return over previous year's auction), reach out to advertisers, research sponsors, and initiated a sale of KCCO logo'd merchandise.
  3. Concerto Competition: KCCO's concerto competition offers young musicians an opportunity to compete for cash awards and the chance to perform with the orchestra.  

Goals for 2017-18: 
  1. Bring music to the under-served in the KC metro area by continuing to build upon our community educational outreach efforts, while growing and diversifying our audiences.
  2. Continued focus on high quality musical programming and performance.  KCCO commits to high standards including musician auditions, rigorous rehearsal schedules, and programming of challenging musical works with recognized soloists and musical ensembles.
  3. Continue sustainability initiatives including growing Sponsorship Program, Friends group, identifying additional sources of in-kind and monetary support.
  4. Peform our first concert at Helzberg Hall in the world-renowned Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City.
Needs Statement
  • Funds/grants to expand the number of under-served children, special needs individuals, and mature audience members reached via our educational outreach touring programs and solo/ensemble guest artists who present at Meet the Orchestra events.  
  • Funds to subsidize transportation to facilitate bringing in groups from under-served populations/areas to attend specific events, for example, buses provided for children to attend our annual Instrument Petting Zoo.
  • Funds for concert venues large enough to accommodate our growing audience and our 90+ musicians, marketing/publicity materials, and general operations including expanded operational capacity.
  • Funds to attract and retain quality, creative, and inspiring music director
  • Funds to attain/repair equipment, expand music library, other operational expenses.
Service Categories
Symphony Orchestras
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Music - making it and sharing it - has been a constant source of joy throughout my life. I spent my younger years attending KCCO concerts, watching my mother play in the cello section. Not just for convenience's sake, I took up the cello myself in elementary school and continued playing through college. I even wrote my college entrance essay on why I chose a school known for music but would choose something besides music for my vocation. After college, I searched out a place to continue playing at a challenging level and was lucky enough to land a position with KCCO. Years later, I took a hiatus from playing in the orchestra, but when asked to join the board, I jumped at the chance to give back to this amazing organization. KCCO not only offers inspiration to young musicians in our audience and to under-served individuals in the metro through our educational outreach programs, it provides a rewarding experience for our members, who want to be challenged and inspired by playing with a high-quality orchestra, without having to choose it as their vocation.

The past six years have seen tremendous growth for KCCO. Our membership, musicianship, and artistic development have grown, resulting in a higher quality of performances for our audiences. Throughout the year, we receive 30+ inquiries from musicians wanting to join the orchestra--a sign that our musical reputation has increased in the KC area. We believe this growth in performance quality is one of the driving factors in our tremendous audience growth. Our past few seasons we have seen record attendance, with concerts drawing crowds of approximately 1000, whereas we previously averaged 300 to 400. 

With growth comes challenges. KCCO is diligently working to meet the challenge of identifying steady sources of operating income and finding performance venues that can accommodate our growing audience and an orchestra of our size, while allowing us to continue to offer all our concerts at no cost to our audience.  In May 2018, the orchestra will be performing its first concert at Helzberg Hall in the world-renouned Kauffman center. We will continue our tradition of free concerts at this very prestigious venue, which brings a new funding challenge for the orchestra.
In late 2015, we formalized our educational outreach program, which has been a wild success, reaching beyond our concerts to connect with approximately 950 children in our 2015-2016 season, and over 2,000 in 2016-2017. KCCO has also reached out to under-served adults and special needs members of the community at over 66 unique performances at over a dozen centers in Raytown, Independence, Lenexa, and Lee’s Summit.. Additional funding will be required to continue to evolve and expand these programs.

Like many of our peer organizations, we have seen grant amounts drastically reduce in the last ten years.  Finding new revenue sources has been a challenge, which sparked the creation of our sponsorship program.  Several of our sponsors have enjoyed supporting KCCO since the inception of the program in 2013, and have become true partners to the orchestra.  In addition, KCCO actively solicits advertisers for our programs, continues to grow donations to and participation in our yearly silent auction, and continues to focus on expanding our fundraising efforts.

KCCO's season consists of 7 concerts, including 3 classics concerts, a pops concert with a matinee encore family concert, and holiday concert with an encore. Most recent performances have taken place at Atonement Lutheran Church, a venue that is accessible from area highways, physically accessible for seniors and the mobility-challenged, and fiscally sustainable for KCCO. In May 2018, KCCO will perform our first concert at Helzberg Hall, at the Kauffman Center.
Pre-concert talks by KCCO's Music Director prior to classics concerts provide background on composers and musical pieces.
KCCO’s Educational Outreach Committee develops special events offered at concerts - like our Meet the Orchestra series and our Instrument Petting Zoo – and offers touring performances at schools, special needs adult facilities, and assisted living facilities.
KCCO’s November pops concert encore is a Saturday matinee of family-friendly programming and is preceeded each year by our Instrument Petting Zoo. Last season, 217 children were able to play instruments with help from musicians.
Senior citizen communities benefit from purposeful coordination of pick-up and drop-off sites.
KCCO has also focused programming on ethnic music like our Mexican Marimba concert in November 2014.
Program Budget $8,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

In the short term, KCCO Plans to:

  1. Seek to expand further our educational outreach:
    • increase the attendees and size of the Instrument Petting Zoo and the attendance at the family concert
    • increase the frequency and children reached through our musician visits to schools
    • collaborate with schools serving special needs children and in under-served areas
    • coordinate to provide transportation to concert venues.
  2. Continue to evolve the Meet the Orchestra series, which are sessions providing children with information about a featured solo instrument and allowing attendees to sit in on a dress rehearsal of the orchestra.
  3. Support of senior populations will include additional outreach to senior communities, assisted living centers, mental health facilities, and community centers by musicians and with support of concert attendance.
  4. Our support of young musicians will continue with our annual Young Artist Concerto Competitions.
  5. The orchestra targets continued growth and diversification of audiences through our educational outreach, our publicity, and our social media marketing.
Long-Term Success
KCCO's long-term goals include: 
  • Cultural enrichment and educational outreach through diversification of audiences; support excellence of young musicianship with concerto competition; identification of performance venues in MO and KC to provide increased access to a wide audience.
  • Support mission of high quality concerts with continual strengthening of organizational infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration/alliances with other regional musical groups.
  • Expand and diversify means of supporting the sustainability of KCCO by identifying funding streams, developing in-kind support, and researching support sources for specific orchestra goals. Ideally results will include orchestra continuing and building on educational outreach with annual children's concerts/Instrument Petting Zoos, annual Young Artist Concerto Competitions, and community-focused concerts. Pending funding development, performances will be offered across the metro. Annual survey data will inform decisions.


Program Success Monitored By KCCO administers an annual survey that captures audience demographics, successful marketing campaigns, and audience comments. Additionally, attendance, as measured by capacity seating, will be a measure of success. Data on children participating in Instrument Petting Zoo and Meet the Orchestra events will be maintained. Touring performers track the locations, ages, and number of children, adults, and seniors they reach through activities in the community. Donations for and participation in annual Silent Auction fundraiser, sponsorship programs, advertisements in programs, and free-will concert donations also provide information on audience satisfaction.
Examples of Program Success The Educational Outreach efforts over the past two years provide a case scenario of KCCO's successful focus on a goal. The November pops family-oriented matinee concert and Instrument Petting Zoo attracted fewer than 20 children in 2014, 116 children in 2015, and 217 children in 2016. This increase was due to energetic touring performances and marketing by the Educational Outreach Committee, collaboration with and support by school district music teacher contacts, orchestra-provided bus transportation for children from under-served areas, efforts in fostering relationships with organizations who support individuals with special needs. Nearly all the children stayed for the concert of symphonic music that followed, joining additional family members who were enthusiastically appreciative of the concert. This experience is a first exposure to orchestral music for many of the children in the audience – as well as the adults – and possibly the beginning of lifelong symphonic music appreciation.
CEO Comments KCCO is a large orchestra comprised of volunteer musicians and supported by a volunteer Board of Directors and Friends of Civic. The only paid position is that of Music Director with small stipends given to the Concert Master, Librarian, and Logistics Manager. The orchestra supports free access to high quality music with no ticket sales. Our biggest challenges have been finding affordable venues for the 90+ member orchestra and growing audiences across the Kansas City metro. If possible, KCCO would like to perform in areas where those who have the least access to orchestral music would benefit from free concerts. Finding an affordable venue has been a barrier. We are enthused with our growing success with educational outreach efforts and would like to expand and build on them. Transportation to concerts can be problematic for families and seniors who depend on public transportation. KCCO would like to support transportation efforts, and has made our inaugural efforts to do so - continuing this program will require additional funding. KCCO offers people unfamiliar with concert-hall etiquette an opportunity to experience the joy of high-quality symphonic music in a friendly, welcoming and very affordable environment. In this way, KCCO fills a niche offered by no other musical group in Kansas City. We are challenged to expand access to wider and more diverse audience.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Experience No paid CEO or executive director. Board chair completes these duties.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 40
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Marcia Barber
Company Affiliation Cisco Systems, Inc.
Term July 2013 to July 2018
Email marcia@kccivic.org
Board Members
Ms. Marcia BarberCisco Systems, Inc.
Mr. John Braum
Ms. Carol ChatelainBeckman Violin Shop
Ms. Beth CichaCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Margie DesmondSAIC
Mr. Donald GoldenbaumResearch Consultant and Contractor
Ms. Tamara HeitllandSubstitute Teacher
Mr. Mitchell Kaufmanretired
Ms. Jennifer MitchellRetired
Mr. Jim MuillerQuality Litho, Inc.
Mr. Jerry Oldretired
Ms. Nancy RaichCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Ted Smith
Ms. Rosalind ThorpeAtonement Lutheran Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $51,420
Projected Expenses $51,420
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$21,815$25,004$28,896
Administration Expense$17,975$13,619$7,429
Fundraising Expense$7,390$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.291.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses46%65%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$79,109$79,204$67,917
Current Assets$79,109$74,754$67,917
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$30$0
Total Net Assets$79,109$79,174$67,917
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--2491.80--
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
Meet the Orchestra - Piano Flier2016View
Instrument Petting Zoo & Family Concert Flier2016View
Instrument Petting Zoo Preview for Special Needs Audience Members2016View
Young Artist Competition Winner Concert Post Card2016View
Educational Outreach Fliers2016View
Meet the Orchestra - Harp Flier2015View
Sponsorship Brochure2015View
Young Artist Competition Winner Concert2015View
Instrument Petting Zoo Flier2015View
KCCO Holiday Card2015View
KC Star Review - Sounds of Season Concert2014View
Fiesta For Your Ears - Hispanic Chamber Support2014View
Organization Name Kansas City Civic Orchestra
Address 4900 Central St #206
c/o Robin Onikul
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (913) 642-8117
Contact Email info@kccivic.org
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Marcia Barber
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cisco Systems, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1959