Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
205 W 65th
Kansas City MO 64113-1704
Rehearsal at the Folly
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 9601324
Fax 816- 9601325
Mission Statement
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to the enrichment of our community through the appreciation and performance of fine classical music in Kansas City and throughout the region.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marybeth Sorrell
Board Chair Mr. Paul Herbers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cooling and Herbers P.C.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
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Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to the enrichment of our community through the appreciation and performance of fine classical music in Kansas City and throughout the region.
Background Statement

Maestro Bruce Sorrell founded the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra in 1987. Under Sorrell’s direction during the past 30 seasons the Chamber Orchestra has garnered considerable critical acclaim and is attracting a growing and enthusiastic audience.

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra consists of 15 to 30 musicians depending on the music to be performed. The term “chamber orchestra” is used to define the size of orchestra which was available to such composers as Bach, Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn and Beethoven. Many 20th and 21st century composers have also written music specifically for chamber orchestra. Performances are held throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area in venues such as Yardley Hall - Johnson County Community College, at the Folly Theater - downtown Kansas City Missouri, White Recital Hall - UMKC campus, and at numerous church venues across the area.

Throughout the past 30 seasons the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra has utilized professional orchestral musicians who are committed to the high standards of the Chamber Orchestra. These musicians live in the Kansas City area and add to the vibrant cultural life of our community. The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra has received critical acclaim for their concerts, especially those featuring music from the baroque and classical eras. The Baroque by Candlelight series is a favorite with audiences who attend performances of exceptional baroque music in an elegant candle-lit church.

The KCCO has successfully performed many contemporary works such as the Britten “Nocturne”, written in the 1950’s. In 2004 the KCCO commissioned Steven Gutheinz to compose a new work in honor of the Lewis and Clarke expedition. In recent years the KCCO has premiered two works by Forest Pierce, and one by Jean Belmont Ford. Other works by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Stravinsky, Weill and other modern composers have been featured at concerts.

Collaborations with other performing arts organizations are an important element of the KCCO’s history; recent seasons have included a major collaboration with the International Center for Music Park University, Friends of Chamber Music and the introduction of a new organ at Hope Lutheran Church. Past partners have included Paul Mesner Puppets, Owen/Cox Dance, Village Presbyterian Church choir, UMKC’s Conservatory of Music, the Civic Opera, and the Kansas City Chorale.

Impact Statement
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is able to select this area's finest musicians to produce 5 or more concerts each year for general audiences. An Education Outreach Program is developed for each the KCCO's concerts.  Students are introduced to classical music through a 4-week classroom instruction period followed by attendance at a live concert. For many students, these concerts are their first introductions to live classical music.
Most of the musicians and soloists that are employed by the Chamber Orchestra reside in the metro area. Many are currently members of the Kansas City Symphony or they hold faculty positions with area universities, others are free-lance professionals. The KCCO assists in attracting and retaining superior musicians and soloists with national and international reputation to this region as a result of increasing the employment opportunities the metro area.
As the KCCO celebrates our 30th Anniversary concert season in 2016-2017, we have established the following goals. 
  •    Increase the number of season ticket and single ticket buyers. 
  •    Increase individual support. 
  •    Increase funding from foundations and corporations
  •    Increase low cost marketing of ticket sales.
  •    Increase the number of students served through the Education Outreach Program.
Needs Statement
  1. General Operations funding .
  2. Educational Outreach Program funding = $15,000 will produce 4 EOP programs that will serve 2,000 to 3,000 students
  3. Special project funding i.e commissioned works by contemporary composers $10,000 - $20,000 or concert underwriting $20,000- $30,000.
  4. Staff funding, the KCCO needs a 3/4 time staff person to assist with office and database management, donor relations, and special event tasks.  This would allow the current part-time staff members to focus on management, fundraising and marketing tasks.
  5. New board members and board development.
Service Categories
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I believe that an active arts community makes a city stronger and more diverse. Our concert series is the heart of what we provide to our community. The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra provides high quality programming for Kansas City's audiences and opportunities for local and area professional musicians to perform for those audiences.  The Education Outreach Program is offered free to area schools and thousands of students each season. The educational portion of our mission allows the Orchestra to reach out to area school children and to provide them with an introduction to classical music.
The KCCO has partnered in the past with the Civic Opera, the Paul Mesner Puppets, UMKC Conservatory and the KC Chorale and Friends of Chamber Music to present unique programs that showcase both organizations.  We are always seeking additional partnerships and collaborations to create new opportunities to work together to produce wonderful programming that is new and fresh. 
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is a small performing arts organization that endeavors to end each year with a balanced budget. Fundraising is always a challenge. We enjoy a loyal support base of individuals, corporations and foundations.  In the past few years the KCCO has greatly increased the support from individuals as well as various government organizations.  
Our organization took a major step forward with the addition of a Director of Administration and Development a few years ago. An additional advantage to having added this position is that our Music Director is now able to concentrate on his talents for creating vibrant programs and musical events.  In addition to this new staff member, we continue to enjoy our association with both interns and volunteers as they greatly add to our ability to run our organization. Our Music Director, Bruce Sorrell, has an amazing ability to speak about music to any audience, making this topic both comfortable and interesting.
We are moving toward the goal of a community-based board that reflects the diversity of the metro area.  We are actively seeking and recruiting additional members to accomplish this. Our board will soon revisit and revise our Strategic Plan. Two of the goals set forth in the current plan have been met with the addition of our new staff member and the ability to increase the educational component of our organization. 
Autumn Winds
Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:30 p.m. Medallion Theatre, Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 29
  • Forrest Pierce – A Siege of Herons, Margaret Marco Oboe d’Amore soloist
  • Mozart – Divertimento 11 in D major (Nannerl septet)
Education Program: 10:30 a.m. Medallion Theatre, Plexpod Westport Commons
Saint Nicolas!
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 7:30 p.m. Old Mission United Methodist Church
  • Britten – Saint Nicolas (cantata) with Musica Vocale Choral Ensemble
  • Other holiday classical favorites
Education Program 10:30 a.m. Old Mission United Methodist Church
Valentine Serenades Event
Sunday, February 11, 2018 6:30 p.m. Californo’s Event Space
Music by KCCO strings with cocktails, dinner & special entertainment
New Spring Horizons
Friday, April 27, 2018 8:00 p.m. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman CPA/ Folly Theater
A concert in partnership with Park University International Center for Music, featuring talented student & faculty soloists
Education Program 10:30 a.m. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman CPA
Program Budget $160.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Increased ticket sales over the previous year by 5%.

Long-Term Success Increased overall funding from corporations, foundations and individuals that will ensure the continued financially stability and growth of the KCCO.
Program Success Monitored By

  • Ticket sales.
  • reviews received.
  • Audience feedback in the form of phone calls, conversations, emails and notes. 
  • Number of ovations by the audience. 

Examples of Program Success

  • Standing ovations.
  • Receiving critical reviews.
  • Positive reviews.  
  • Good attendance numbers. 

Description Established in 2003 the Education Outreach Program provides students (9-17) with special performances of music selected from each public concert that is performed throughout the season.  The EOP curriculum is developed for use by music teachers to introduce their students to the historic context of the music, the lives of the composers composers, and information about the music they will hear. In addition the students receive information regarding concert etiquette, the venue in which the concert will occur and information about the soloists and instruments they will hear. Free bus transportation is provided to any school who needs the financial support to enable all schools to attend the program.  At the end of each concert students are encouraged to ask questions of the conductor, musicians and soloists.
Program Budget $40,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Appreciation
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  1. Students have had classroom time to prepare them to appreciate the concert that they will attend.
  2. Students understand and exhibit appropriate concert etiquette.
  3. Students actively participate with questions and comments.
  4. Students are alert interested and enjoying themselves.
Long-Term Success The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the lives of Kansas City's residents, its visitors and the population of the metropolitan region through the performance of fine classical music. The KCCO is also dedicated to introducing live classical music to student populations to encourage them to become the cultural audiences of the future and to enable them to envision themselves as classical musicians. There is an emphasis on including ethnically and economically diverse schools.
Program Success Monitored By
  1. Count the # of schools that return each year.
  2. Count the # of performances that are filled.
  3. Count the # of ESL schools that attend concerts.
  4. Count the # of Title I schools that attend concerts.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Surveys completed by the music teachears who participate in the program.
  2. Teacher quotes that included in the surveys.
  3. Letters and Notes from the students who participate in the program.
CEO Comments

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra has recently launched our 3st concert season on October 5, 2017, it will run through June 30, 2018. The KCCO would like to be able to schedule all their concerts in the larger professional venues such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Folly Theater.  However, the KCCO, in an effort to balance the organization's budget, must use smaller church or other local venues for the majority of their concerts.  The smaller venues do not attract the larger numbers of audience members that the more well known professional venues do.  It would be to the KCCO's advantage to be able to schedule more concerts in the Kauffman and Folly venues.

During the 31st season the KCCO has partnered with 2 organizations to produce two special concerts. The December 5, 2017 concert will take place in Old Mission United Methodist Church and will feature the "Musica Vocale Ensemble" to produce "Saint Nicolas by Benjamin Britten. The KCCO's founding concertmaster, violinist Ben Sayevich will work with the KCCO to produce a concert on April 27, 2018 with soloists from the International Center for Music at Park University.

These two partnerships that begin the 2017-18 season are great examples of the KCCO's desire to partner with other performing arts organizations that create opportunities for both groups to benefit from the increased exposure and the opportunity to create new works that challenge and inspire the artists and the audience.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Marybeth Sorrell
Term Start Jan 2012

Marybeth Sorrell - General Manager for the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Sorrell has over 30 years experience in the non-profit arts field. She has worked in the areas of administration, marketing, production, special events, educational outreach, development and box office, and with organizations in Dallas, London, and Kansas City. In addition to her work with the KCCO she has taught theatre and design at the college level for over 20 years, freelances as a costume designer, and leads drama workshops for children and youth. Her degrees are in Education (B.A.) - William Jewell College, and Theatre (M.A.) - University of Missouri Kansas City.

Senior Staff
Title Director of Administration and Development
Experience/Biography Non-profit administration and fundraising, BA UMKC Sociology, grad work in public administration Communiversity advisory board member
Title General Manager

Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 6
Volunteers 36
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No

The KCCO has often collaborated with other local performing arts groups to produce concerts that appeal to the audiences of both organizations. The KCCO has completed projects with a wide variety of performing arts organizations including the following: The Paul Mesner Puppets to produce the “MIKADO” and “HANSEL and GRETEL”, the International School of Music – Park College to feature their graduate students, UMKC’s Conservatory of Music, Friends of Chamber Music (most recently to present the Bach festival), the KC Chorale, Fine Arts Choral, and the KC Symphony Chorus, and choirs from St. Paul’s and Village Presbyterian Church. The KCCO produced Handel’s opera “The Fairy Queen” with the Kansas City Civic Opera and Owen Cox Dance Company at Avila College.

National Arts AssociateSigma Alpha Iota2000
Citation for AchievementWilliam Jewell College2000
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

The challenges for small performing arts organizations include staffing, funding and marketing.  The KCCO is endeavoring to meet these challenges with the help and support of volunteers, board members and a small talented and dedicated staff.

Recent Successes include: 

  • Worked with a consultant for an initial project to evaluate fundraising practices, database and record keeping management, cultivation of individual donors, and identification of new funding sources to create fundraising and development plans and goals.
  • Significantly increased individual giving by 28%
  • Completed $5000 challenge grant from Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, acquired over 25 new individual donors,in 2014 and two new challenge grants in the 2015-2016 season for $2,500 each from family foundations.
  • Increased funding from Arts KC from $750 to $4,000 in 3 years
  • New grant from Swinken Foundation for the Arts
  • New grant from Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
  • First grant from NTDF in several years in 2016 

Marketing challenge – like most small performing arts organizations the budget is limited.

Current Approaches include:

  • Using low cost/free social media outlets, concert postcard mailings, to attract new ticket buyers.
  • Worked with local media outlets (TV, radio, newspaper, online publications) resulting in 2 television appearances for the Music Director, and one news feature on Classical Kids Education Performances in the past season.
  • Increased Season Ticket holders by 20% for the 2014 – 2015 Season! Maintained increase in 2015 and 2016.
  • Featured concerts on Groupon discount gift certificate site to reach out to new and non-traditional arts ticket buyers.
  • Created new partnership with International Center for Music at Park University. The August 2016 concert will feature soloists from ICM’s internationally known faculty, graduates and talented current students.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Paul Herbers
Company Affiliation Cooling and Herbers P.C.
Term Oct 2010 to Oct 2017
Email pherbers@coolinglaw.com
Board Members
Ms. Jana CastanonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Robert CurlandMarketing
Mr. Paul HerbersCooling & Herbers
Ms. Jessica KerriganCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Adele ScielzoCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Carole Thorn
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 middle eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
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 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Don DagenaisLathrop & Gage
Ms. Caryn HastingsCommunity Arts Volunteer
Mr. Philip KrausePolsinelli Shugart
Ms. Kenna LewisCommunity Arts Volunteer
Ms. Doreen MarondeEducator, Ret.
Mr. Ben SayevichEducator
Mr. John SchaeferMusic Director, Ret.
CEO Comments

The KCCO's Board of Directors and leadership have worked together to: build a stronger and larger board, to develop a strategic plan for board development and diversity.

The first goal is to recruite at least 4 new board members in the next fiscal year.

The board plans to work with Non-profit connect to identify possible new and diverse board members through their board member recruitment event.

Participate in Arts KC workshops, meetings and board/volunteer matching events to support small and medium sized arts organizations.

Work with past board members to seek new board members.

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $165,000
Projected Expenses $165,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporation revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$10,622$16,525$16,990
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$2,173$275
Revenue In-Kind$10,994$0$18,014
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$93,829$101,550$104,890
Administration Expense$24,224$28,182$48,024
Fundraising Expense$2,625$2,774$8,792
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.061.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%77%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,907$22,322$13,088
Current Assets$1,907$22,322$13,088
Long-Term Liabilities$41,244$51,720$55,220
Current Liabilities$28,297$51,681$47,178
Total Net Assets($67,634)($81,079)($89,310)
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.070.430.28
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2163%232%422%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $39,100Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $25,000Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $20,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Arts Council $10,622Individual Donor $24,400Individual Donor $20,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $5,000Missouri Arts Council $16,525Kauffman Foundation Grant $20,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Funding for the KCCO is derived from a variety of sources the following figures is an average of the past few years: 

  • Earned income = 21%,
  • Foundations = 24%
  • Individuals = 39%
  • Government sources = 7%
  • Special events & other =9% 
The KCCO has steadily improved funding since the economic downturn of 2008. The strongest improvement has been in support from individuals which has shown strong growth from during the past few years. 
As a small performing arts organization it is difficult to obtain the resources in staff hours and program dollars that would enable the KCCO to launch a comprehensive marketing campaign or to produce larger special fundraising events or to produce additional concerts. The staff is making full use of low-cost and no-cost marketing avenues. 
The KCCO has been able to expand the number of concerts and education programs through collaborations with other arts organizations such as the Paul Mesner Puppets during the 2007-08 concert season and the KCCO completed a similar collaboration with the Civic Opera and the Owen Cox Dance Company in staging Handel's "The Fairy Queen" for the 2009-10 season.  In 2011-12 season the KCCO collaborated with the Friends of Chamber Music to produce a 6 concert "All Bach" series that was extremely successful in reaching new and larger audiences.  In 2012 -13 The KCCO collaborated with Hope Lutheran Church to produce a unique program of Organ soloists and the Chamber Orchestra to dedicate their new organ.  Currently the KCCO is working with Park University International Center for Music to collaborate on producing concerts that feature their faculty and graduate students in solos with the KCCO.
These collaborations reduce productions costs for both organizations and increase marketing to new audiences. 
Other Documents
KCCO Concert and Education program2017View
Review Feb 14 "A Valentine from the Maestro" KCMetropolis2017View
Review Apr 21 "Spring Extravangaza" KC Star2017View
Concert Postcard Mailer December 5th2017View
Review Aug 27 "Beethoven Triple" KC Star2016View
Review Aug 27 "Beethoven Triple" KCMetropolis2016View
Concert Program "Beethoven Triple"2016View
Organization Name Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
Address 205 W 65th
Kansas City, MO 641131704
Primary Phone (816) 9601324
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marybeth Sorrell
Board Chair Mr. Paul Herbers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cooling and Herbers P.C.
Year of Incorporation 1987