Friends of Chamber Music
4635 Wyandotte, Suite 201
Kansas City MO 64112-1537
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-9999
Mission Statement
The Friends of Chamber Music is dedicated to fulfilling the human need for beauty, inspiration and spiritual sustenance. Since 1975, our concert series has provided the Kansas City community with the transformative gift of the world’s greatest chamber music played by the world’s finest artists.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cynthia Siebert
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Lee Kemper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1975
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Friends of Chamber Music is dedicated to fulfilling the human need for beauty, inspiration and spiritual sustenance. Since 1975, our concert series has provided the Kansas City community with the transformative gift of the world’s greatest chamber music played by the world’s finest artists.
 
 
Background Statement
For more than 40 years, The Friends of Chamber Music has remained the premier presenter in the Midwest of the world’s finest chamber music performers. Specializing in a niche market of classical music, The Friends consistently delivers the highest of quality artistic experiences for music lovers in the region. In recognition of three decades of excellence, in 2006 The Friends received the first Acclaim Award from Chamber Music America.
 
 
Each year, The Friends presents a season of approximately 12 concerts and recitals, along with several free educational programs, including lectures and films. The concert season is divided into three series: The International Chamber Music Series, The Master Pianists Series and The Early Music Series. Concerts are held at The Folly Theater, the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Additionally, The Friends  and the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance co-present concerts on the Music Alliance Series. Most of these concerts are held on the UMKC campus. 
 
 
The Friends represents “The Intimate Voice of Classical Music” to distinguish the chamber music art form from works such as opera, symphonic or other large-scale works. The intimacy of this musical form provides the audience with unique, contemplative moments with the art, achieving a closeness with performers not otherwise possible. 
 
 
The Friends is one of the city’s preeminent presenters of early music, a genre with broadening appeal and audience. The Early Music series traditionally covers music written from the Medieval period through the Baroque period (c. 800–1750). In addition, The Friends’ presentation of chamber music (c. 1700–present) is unrivaled in the region, and The Master Pianists Series is considered one of the nation’s finest.
Impact Statement

The Friends of Chamber Music (FCM) is proud of the following accomplishments in 2015-16:

  1. FCM presented 13 concerts which each fell into one of three sub-series: International Chamber Music, Master Pianists, or Early Music. These concerts bring Kansas City audiences the world's most acclaimed chamber music artists and ensembles.
  2. FCM continued free supplementary programs like our FORTE Film Series and Lecture Series. Eight of our concerts were preceded by free lectures by experts in piano, chamber music and early music.
  3. FCM’s Young Friends program, which focuses on the belief that young people benefit from hearing our regular concerts, saw a continuation in the number of free and discounted student tickets reserved.
  4. FCM collaborated with the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College to bring the Bach Collegium Japan with Masaaki Suzuki to Kansas City. With the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we presented the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman.

 

 FCM has the following goals for 2016-17:

 
  1. FCM will present 13 concerts that bring world-class chamber music soloists and ensembles to Kansas City.
  2. FCM will again collaborate with the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College to bring the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin to the region.
  3. FCM will create a new partnership with Kansas City Music Teachers Association (KCMTA) to encourage area music teachers to include FCM concerts as part of their classroom curriculum.
  4. FCM will continue to expand the Young Friends program by inviting more students to experience high-quality chamber music at low or no cost.
  5. FCM seeks and hopes to add new members to the Board, benefiting the organization through an increase in leadership and professional development.

 

Needs Statement
The Friends of Chamber Music's most pressing needs are: 
 
  1. Expanding the participation of young adults and students in chamber music. 
  2. Developing more educational opportunities for young musicians so that the appreciation for chamber music will continue to flourish.
  3. Engaging young pianists more fully in the opportunities offered by the Friends.
  4. Increasing our endowment and other planned giving opportunities to ensure greater financial stability.
 
Service Categories
Music
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Board currently has seven members with plans to add an two additional board members during the 2016-17 season. The Friends has been very successful in its mission of bringing extraordinary world-class performances of unique artistic merit to our community since 1975.   The long-range plan is to continue to provide that incomparable quality and at the same time stabilize our financial situation which includes growing the endowment from the present base of just over $1 million to $8 million and creating an appropriately scaled financial reserve fund. Our annual benefit continues to be successful, and we will continue to work on increasing our fundraising through that event and other events. Although this is a challenging time for smaller not-for-profit organizations like The Friends of Chamber Music, we look forward to continued progress and growth.
Programs
Description
The only chamber music series presently in the Kansas City community. Usually four or five concerts per season. The 2016-17 series includes The Escher String Quartet, The Danish String Quartet, the Morgenstern Trio and Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin.
 
Program Budget $320,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The short term success of the International Chamber Music Series will result in exposing broader audiences to the chamber music art form and encouraging young people to study, perform and experience chamber music, so that it is a living part of the cultural well-being of this and the next generation.   
Long-Term Success The long term success of the International Chamber Music Series will result in the future vitality of chamber music, as a discipline to study and perform, as a concert experience to enjoy and as an integral component of the integrity of our community and world, seeking the best rather than the mediocre.   
Program Success Monitored By The Friends of Chamber Music monitors its success in several ways:  periodic audience surveys,  focus groups with music educators and performers, ticket sales and the success of community outreach programs, especially to young people.    
Examples of Program Success
The Friends of Chamber Music first and foremost measures its success by the quality of the concerts - - - both the artists who perform and the quality of the repertoire performed.  We then measure success by the breadth of our audiences and the involvement of young people, so that this art form continues to flourish for new generations. 
Description The only early music series within 500 miles, this series features vocal and instrumental masterpieces of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, both sacred and secular, usually presented in cathedral venues. The 2016-17 series will feature primarily vocal music with Sequentia-Medieval Music Ensemble, Vox Luminis, Stile Antico and Jordi Savall, the world's foremost viola da gamba player.
Program Budget $185,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The short term success of the Early Music Series will result in exposing broader audiences to the chamber music art form.
Long-Term Success The long term success of the Early Music Series will result in audiences developing a deeper appreciation for world-class chamber music.
Program Success Monitored By We ask for feedback from audience members and the artists who perform on this series.
Examples of Program Success

2014-15 Early Music Series ticket sales: at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (capacity 600): 12/14/14, 540 and 2/27/15, 312; at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral (capacity 699 ): 10/24/14, 296.

Description The only piano series within 500 miles, this popular series has featured such giants of the keyboard as Radu Lupu, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Ivan Moravec, Krystian Zimerman and Vladimir Feltsman. The 2016-17 series presents Arnaldo Cohen, Alexei Lubimov, Fabio Bidini and Kirill Gerstein. 
Program Budget $220,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The short term success of the Master Pianists Series will result in exposing broader audiences to the chamber music art form.
Long-Term Success The long term success of the Master Pianists Series will result in audiences developing a deeper appreciation for world-class chamber music.
Program Success Monitored By We ask for feedback from audience members and the artists who perform on this series.
Examples of Program Success

2014-15 Master Pianists Series ticket sales (all concerts at the Folly Theater, capacity 1,074): 2/13/15, 471; 3/6/15, 615; 4/10/15, 557.

CEO Comments All presenters of classical music are challenged to continue engaging new audiences. FCM has created a new position of Manager of Community Engagement to re-invigorate our efforts to form partnerships across the region and work to develop new audiences.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Cynthia Siebert
Term Start Jan 1975
Experience Cynthia has served as Executive Director and President of The Friends of Chamber Music since founding it in 1975. She has served in various related organizations: Founding member and board member for the Missouri Citizens for the Arts; Missouri Arts Council (MAC) music panels; National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) music panels; chairman of the chamber music panel and board member for Chamber Music America (CMA). Her other professional activities include: Founding member of Plains Presenters Syndicate, a consortium of presenters in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska and its Chamber Music Committee; Music Panel member for WESTAF Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Western States Arts Foundation, representing all states west of Kansas); board member for the City Chorale; co-founder of Choral Arts Ensemble, Kansas City’s first professional choir; board member for the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy. Trained as a professional pianist and chamber musician, Cynthia performed for many years before turning all of her energy to arts administration. She has adjudicated numerous competitions, including the Cleveland Quartet Award; the Andrew Wolf National Chamber Music Award for Pianists; the International Institute for Young Artists Competition and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Competition.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Development Manager
Experience/Biography 25 years in non-profit management, primarily in visual arts.
Title Director, Marketing and Customer Service
Title Director, Artist Services and Community Outreach
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 40
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 25%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
The Friends of Chamber Music has collaborated with many community organizations:   
  • For The Darwin Project in  2011: the Linda Hall Library, Avila University, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  The Darwin Project was one of two concerts that was co-presented with the Kauffman Center in the 2011-12 season. 
  • For the Bach Festival in 2011-12, featuring six concerts, two of which were co-presentations with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.
  • The Friends continued the Music Alliance Series in 2014-15, our partnership with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.   
  • In 2014-15, FCM collaborated with the World War I Museum and the Linda Hall Library to create multi-channel educational programming regarding the history of World War I. 
  • In 2015-16, FCM collaborated with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and The Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College to broaden the reach of our programming, bringing new audiences to our concerts. 
  • In 2016-17, we will again collaborate with JCCC on a concert and will work with Heartland Chamber Music and Summerfest KC on audience development initiatives.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
CMAcclaim Award (National Presenters' Award)Chamber Music America2006
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Friends of Chamber Music has a small, highly-involved board of directors who govern and set policy for the organization. The board meets monthly for regular board meetings and more frequently for specific task-oriented committees as needed. The board meets annually for a board retreat during which the mission statement is reexamined and refreshed, if necessary, and primary yearly and multi-year goals and objectives are agreed upon. The board ensures and evaluates all organizational planning and programs. It also ensures there are adequate resources to fulfill the organization's objectives, it manages and oversees all resources, enhances the organization's public standing, protects the legal and ethical values and integrity of the organization and recruits and trains new board members. The board is actively cultivating new board members to address areas not presently covered by the board.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Lee Kemper
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Dwight Arn Hallmark Cards
Mrs. Jennifer Bacon Polsinelli
Mr. Richard P. Bruening Retired
Ms. Nancy Lee Kemper Community Volunteer
Mr Scott K Martinsen Kirkland Woods & Martinsen PC
Ms. Patricia Miller Rockhurst University
Mr. Tom Nanney Bryan Cave, LLP
Ms. Cynthia Siebert Friends of Chamber Music
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 94%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Endowment
Finance
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ruth Felt CEO, San Francisco Performances
Leila Getz CEO, Vancouver Recital Series
Richard Goode Pianist
Paul Katz Founder, Cleveland String Quartet
Paul O'Dette Lutenist
Peter Phillips Founder and Director, The Tallis Scholars
Menachem Pressler Pianist, Founder of Beaux Arts Trio
Sir Andras Schiff Pianist
Stephen Stubbs Lutenist, Conductor
CEO Comments The Friends of Chamber Music has a small, highly-involved board of directors who govern and set policy for the organization. The board meets monthly for regular board meetings and more frequently for specific task-oriented committees as needed. The board meets annually for a board retreat during which the mission statement is reexamined and refreshed, if necessary, and primary yearly and multi-year goals and objectives are agreed upon. The board ensures and evaluates all organizational planning and programs. It also ensures there are adequate resources to fulfill the organization's objectives, it manages and oversees all resources, enhances the organization's public standing, protects the legal and ethical values and integrity of the organization and recruits and trains new board members. The board is in the process of restructuring, having drafted new board requirements, and is actively recruiting new board members to address areas not presently covered by the board.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $892,175
Projected Expenses $872,625
Endowment Value $1,100,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2013:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$712,538$566,225$339,581
Government Contributions$16,403$17,832$17,709
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$16,403$17,832$17,709
Individual Contributions----$141,308
$0$0$0
$115,203$103,197$98,007
Investment Income, Net of Losses$151,146$140,165$49,152
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$32,168$49,094$147,003
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$2,423$764$1,872
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$453,242$418,870$456,246
Administration Expense$386,493$364,344$240,121
Fundraising Expense$23,926$23,848$43,320
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.091.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%52%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%4%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,303,797$1,179,086$1,052,581
Current Assets$127,840$99,864$99,178
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$101,800$83,257$114,395
Total Net Assets$1,201,997$1,095,829$938,186
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.261.200.87
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $100,000William T. Kemper Foundation $100,000William T. Kemper Foundation $80,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMuriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $50,000Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $70,000Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $65,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMuriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $50,000Individual Donor $35,500Individual Donor $25,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The Friends of Chamber Music is committed to encouraging the study, performance and enjoyment of chamber music so that it remains a vital and compelling musical discipline for the upcoming generation.  In a world of mediocrity, excellence is ever so important, in any field, and chamber music is a critical part of the musical integrity of every community.    As a small organization, we are vulnerable to economic downturns or unsuccessful fundraising. Increasing our endowed and reserve funds is a high priority for us.
Organization Name Friends of Chamber Music
Address 4635 Wyandotte, Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 641121537
Primary Phone (816) 561-9999
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cynthia Siebert
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Lee Kemper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1975