Kansas City Flute Choir
146 T Street
Lake Lotawana MO 64086
The KC Flute Choir performs at Colonial Presbyterian Church, KCMO
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 522-8742
Mission Statement
The Kansas City Flute Choir provides an enriching musical experience for flutists of all ages through programs that engage and educate audiences with a variety of flutes and innovative repertoire.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Brian Allred
Board Chair Sarah Gravlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cerner Corporation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The Kansas City Flute Choir provides an enriching musical experience for flutists of all ages through programs that engage and educate audiences with a variety of flutes and innovative repertoire.
Background Statement

Since its inception in 2005, the Kansas City Flute Choir has maintained its character as an intergenerational ensemble and has more than tripled its membership. Our group has grown as a result of a number of factors: creative programming, a high level of musicianship, and an atmosphere of fellowship and camaraderie. The Kansas City Flute Choir is a unique ensemble, with musicians from all corners of the Kansas City metro area, ranging in age from 16 to 60+. The Kansas City Flute Choir is an arts organization that is truly representative of Kansas City. 

The Kansas City Flute Choir has three standing concert programs each season, in October, December and April. Thirty to fifty people regularly attend our three standing concert programs. We also perform at outreach events such as joint concerts with flute choirs from Emporia State University and the University of Kansas, as well as performances on downtown Kansas City's "Thimble Thursdays" series, Powell Gardens, and the Overland Park Arboretum. We frequently have requests to play at memorial events, assisted living communities, and church services. We welcome these events, as they have raised our profile and attracted talented musicians to our ranks. Our best recruiters have been our own members, many of whom perform with other groups in the metro area and have sought out and encouraged flutists from throughout the region to join the flute choir.
 
Each of our musicians is not only a member of the Flute Choir but also a volunteer who helps run our operations through monetary donations and fundraising efforts to cover the expense of programs, publicity, and facility use. We receive volunteer tax and accounting support from an outside accountant who serves as Treasurer on the Kansas City Flute Choir board of directors. The only paid member of the Kansas City Flute Choir is our Music Director/Conductor.
Impact Statement
Top accomplishments of 2016-2017 season: 
  1. Hosted a master class for the metropolitan area featuring Dr. Sarah Frisof.
  2. Performed three concerts.
  3. Refreshed our mission statement.

Goals for current year: 
  1. Grow our presence in the Kansas City metropolitan area and contribute to preserving the arts through community outreach.
  2. Identify opportunities to give back to the community.
Needs Statement

Our primary source of need is funding to maintain our operational cost of running the flute choir, which includes our web site hosting and maintenance, fees related to maintaining a 501c3 status with the state of Missouri and hiring and retaining a talented music director and conductor to lead our organization. Historically, our operating costs have not exceeded $4,000 a year. 

Service Categories
Bands & Ensembles
Music
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County


CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Since its inception in 2005, the Kansas City Flute Choir has grown from an original adult group of three in 2005 to its current intergenerational membership of 18. Our group has grown as a result of a number of factors: creative programming, a high level of musicianship, and an atmosphere of fellowship and camaraderie. Outreach events, such as joint concerts with flute choirs from Emporia State University and the University of Kansas, as well as performances on downtown Kansas City's "Thimble Thursdays" series, Powell Gardens, and the Overland Park Arboretum, have raised our profile and attracted talented musicians to our ranks. Our best recruiters have been our own members, many of whom perform with other groups in the metro area and have sought out and encouraged flutists from throughout the region to join the flute choir. Its size makes it uniquely suited to provide musical programming for a variety of venue sizes including some of Kansas City's favorites: Crown Center, Powell Gardens, the Overland Park Arboretum, and the Thimble Thursday program. In addition, the Flute Choir regularly provides programming to local assisted living facilities and churches including Kingswood Assisted Living Facility, Colonial Presbyterian Church, Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ. The Flute Choir has also performed by request for local Kansas City company functions and played joint concerts with the KU Flute Choir and ESU Flute Choir. The Kansas City Flute Choir was selected by the National Flute Association to perform at the August 2008 convention. In January 2014, the flute choir was honored to be asked to perform a special concert for the participants in the 2014 John Philip Sousa Honor Band. In 2016 the flute choir hosted its first master class, featuring Dr. Christine Beard from the University of Omaha.

Programs
Description

The flute choir typically has three concerts each year: a fall concert in October, a holiday concert in December, and a spring concert in April. Most performances are held at Colonial Presbyterian in South Kansas City, near I-435 and 103rd Street. Additional performance locations have included Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe and First Lutheran Church near Brookside. The flute choir also accepts requests to perform at special events and has played at the Overland Park Arboretum, Powell Gardens in Kingsville, and several assisted living facilities in the area.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success In addition to growing our concert attendance and presence in the community, increasing donations from our concert attendees would help us with the operational costs of running the flute choir. Our long-term success is to grow our donations by 50%.
Long-Term Success

Our success is measured through concert attendance. Our concerts are free to attend so we would like to see an increased number of people join us for the performances. Our short-term success is to grow our concert attendance by 25%.

Program Success Monitored By

We measure success through increased audience attendance and donations.

Examples of Program Success

After each concert, the flute choir musicians host a small reception for our guests. During this time, we receive feedback from our attendees and a small number of donations. We have recently created a new web site where we can create a list serve and deploy surveys to our attendees. Success for us would be to see an increased number of people coming to our concerts and growing a list serve of attendees from each concert over the 2016-2017 concert season.

CEO Comments
One of the goals of the Kansas City Flute Choir is to fund the operational costs of our organization through generous donations. To date, the organization's primary funding source has been the musicians who play in the ensemble, which has been identified as a barrier to flute players who are interested in joining the group. Our goal is to identify a continued funding source so that the musicians can focus on community outreach and growing our footprint in Kansas City through musical contributions.
  
The Kansas City Flute Choir has already secured some donated services, such as programs, publicity, and facility use, through the volunteer efforts of our musicians. Our continued growth and development as a performing ensemble and musical ambassadors of Kansas City will rely more substantially on support from external fundraising sources.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Brian Allred
Term Start July 2015
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience

Flutist Brian Allred is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas. Recently Brian won first place in the 2016 South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Contemporary Performance Competition at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. He is also Principal Flute of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at KU, Brian teaches private flute lessons, coaches chamber ensembles, and leads the flute choir. Brian received his Master of Music from Birmingham Conservatoire and his Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His principal teachers are Sarah Frisof, Jonathan Rimmer, Marie-Christine Zupancic, Kenneth Andrews, and Lance Sanford.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Brandi Holt June 2015 - May 2016
Emily Smith Jan 2005 - May 2015
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Sarah Gravlin
Company Affiliation Cerner Corporation
Term May 2015 to June 2018
Email sarahgravlin@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Brian Allred University of Kansas
Sarah Gravlin Cerner Corporation
Lisa Phillips Trozzolo Communications Group
Mary Stone Husch Blackwell
Nicole Witt Ernst and Young
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
CEO Comments

The essential piece to a successful musical program is the talent represented in the ensemble. Over the past three seasons, the Kansas City Flute Choir has enjoyed significant growth in membership and musicianship. Each of our musicians is not only a member of the Flute Choir but also a volunteer who helps run our operations through monetary donations and fundraising efforts to cover the expense of programs, publicity, and facility use. Each member of the Flute Choir contributes to each reception, providing our concert guests with an opportunity to meet the musicians and enjoy the fellowship of fellow music lovers. In addition, each musician in the Flute Choir pays $100 per semester to be a part of the ensemble. For musicians who chose to play with us in the fall and spring, this is a $200 commitment each year. This fee covers our operational costs, including the funds to pay our musical director. Without the talent of an experienced and credentialed musical director to select our programs, lead our rehearsals and provide instrumental oversight, we would cease to exist as an organization.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $4,000
Projected Expenses $3,660
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using organization's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,622$5,457$3,100
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.111.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$12,579$12,603$8,904
Current Assets$312$336$818
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$12,579$12,603$8,904
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
Organization Comments

One of the key drivers to achieving our non-profit status was to seek outside funding so our musicians could pay reduced or no fees to play with the Flute Choir. With our growth in membership, we have kept the membership fees at $100 per semester. Because of this, we were able to purchase a bass flute in the Spring of 2014, which is a key instrument for a growing flute choir. If we do not receive our requested amount, musicians will need to continue pay in order to be a part of our organization. Our goal is to broaden our reach in the community to attract a more diverse group of players. We would like to lower or eliminate the tuition fees and lower any economic burdens to players who wish to be a part of the flute choir. 

While the Kansas City Flute Choir has already secured some donated services our continued growth and development as a performing ensemble and musical ambassadors of Kansas City will rely more substantially on support from external fundraising sources. Without external funding we will not be able to provide financial assistance to musicians who want to be a part of our group but do not have the resources available.
Organization Name Kansas City Flute Choir
Address 146 T Street
Lake Lotawana, MO 64086
Primary Phone (816) 522-8742
Contact Email kcflutechoir@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Brian Allred
Board Chair Sarah Gravlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cerner Corporation
Year of Incorporation 2010