Liberty Community Chorus
PO Box 884
Liberty MO 64069-0884
Mission Statement
The mission of the Chorus is to foster the singing talents of its members and share the art of choral performance with the community through the pursuit of choral excellence in both the rehearsal and performance of diverse musical styles.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tamara Hart
Board Chair Mr. Stan Niederhauser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Global Art Materials
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the Chorus is to foster the singing talents of its members and share the art of choral performance with the community through the pursuit of choral excellence in both the rehearsal and performance of diverse musical styles.
Background Statement
The Liberty Community Chorus resides “North of the River” from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It began as a summer chorus for a community rich in the arts and in musicians, both vocal and instrumental. We were blessed with 110 singers for our first gathering.
 
It became apparent, and suggested from the chorus, that we do more than just a summer gathering. Artistic director, Bryan Taylor, obliged and set up a fall and spring season performance schedule. Looking forward to the start of our 15th season, we have a consistent core of  70 singers which are supplemented by anywhere from 10 to 30 additional voices depending upon the season.  We have performed with Grammy winning soloists, worked with internationally known composers and included talented local actors and artists in various concert event. Open to all singers age 16 and older from throughout the metropolitan area, no audition is required for participation. Given the quality and style of music performed this makes the Chorus a unique and valuable contribution to the local arts scene.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  • We kicked off with a November concert entitled "America The Dream Goes On" featuring patriotic music. It drew one of our largest audiences to date, and led to additional performance opportunities within the Kansas City Metro. Following the concert, the Chorus accepted an invitation to perform for the Naturalization Ceremony swearing in new US citizens at the Kansas City Public Library. This event gave deeper poignancy to our patriotic repertoire while exposing the Chorus to a whole new audience.
  • In January, we were invited to perform the National Anthem at the US National Figure Skating Championships held at the Sprint Center as well as providing a short program to entertain the fans between competitions. We were honored to be included in such a prestigious event. 
  • Our winter concert, "Love is Here to Stay" was scheduled for Valentine's weekend and featured music highlighting all the facets of love. We wrapped our official concert season by joining in May with the Liberty Symphony Chorus  to present works by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Working with our symphonic counterpart and the music challenged to the Chorus to expand their musical abilities to new levels. 
  • In June we accepted an invitation from John Knox Village for an encore of our 2016 program "Lest We Forget". Dedicated to promoting Alzheimer's awareness and featuring noted neurologist Dr. Sarah Hon,each section of the concert opened with a brief talk on a variety of topics including the ability of music to uplift the caregiver and open the window to memory for the patient. The concert included a sing a long segment in which the Chorus went out into the audience to join with them in beloved favorites.  
 
Goals:
  • Establish a planned schedule of commissioned works, so we premiere a new work by a known composer other year.
  • Increase singer and audience participation through a broader range of concert themes, without sacrificing artistic value.
  • Establish funding to support upgraded concert attire for the group.
Needs Statement
  • A reliable financial basis beyond dues and ticket sales to allow for more expansive programming, outfitting the Chorus in more professional manner, establishing a schedule for the commission of new works, additional storage space for our growing library and the hiring of a grant writer to assist in fund raising.
  • Estimated cost for the preliminary outfitting of the Chorus (100 members) is 8,000 to 10,000. Estimated maintenance and replenishment expense is estimated at 800 to 1,000 per year  
  • Buying and performing larger works with their related instrumental requirements ranges from 3,000 to 10,000 depending upon the piece, the instrumentation required and the chosen performance venue.
  • Commissioned works cost approximately 1,000 per performance minute resulting in an average cost of  5,000 
  • Basic additional music storage supplies are estimated at 400.00 a year. This could increase dramatically should we loose our current space which is donated by a local church.
Service Categories
Singing & Choral Groups
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Liberty Community Chorus is made up of volunteer singers who donate their time and talent,  are dedicated to choral excellence, and are committed to sharing this with not only Liberty but the entire metro. Given the dedication of all these volunteers , the Chorus continues in its efforts to grow its member base, expand performance locales, increase concert attendance and stablize funding. The Chorus has been blessed to be under the direction of multi-gifted Director, Bryan Taylor, whose dedication to the Liberty Community Chorus, and belief in its mission are unfailing. Taylor has been able to touch the Chorus, and its audience, by giving back to the community, though his directing and teaching, the knowledge and experience he has acquired over his years in the choral music industry.
 
The  Board of Directors is made up of up to 15 volunteer members, including four officers ,an executive director and committee chairs. The Board of Directors governs the administrative operations of the Chorus by performing various duties such as budget planning, assisting in concert season planning, marketing, website building and maintenance, and fundraising.
 
In their second decade, the Chorus continues to seek stable long term funding sources beyond member dues and ticket sales. A major long term goal is to increase our community outreach by hosting a choral festival in the Kansas City Metro led by a nationally known director and open to singers from throughout the region. This will raise our profile, bringing in more singers and audience members. Additionally it offers the opportunity to perform larger works with a chorus of greater than 100 members. The Chorus defines success as repeatedly connecting with and leaving an impact on Liberty, and surrounding communities, through sharing our musical gifts. Increases in funding will allow the Chorus to sustain artistic excellence while expanding our outreach.
Programs
Description
In partnership with B&B Theaters our concert season kicks off November 5th with "Songs From The Cinema". Featuring works from the Harry Potter, Star Wars and James Bond films as well as music from "Schindler's List", "Carousel", "Sound of Music" and "Amistad" this concert offers something for all musical tastes. 
 
Our second program in March celebrates all things Irish and Scottish with "A Celtic Journey. This program is designed to show how music defines life in the Isles. Works from Michael McGlynn, folk songs arranged by the legendary Robert Shaw and Alice Parker as well as tunes made famous by "Celtic Women" will be featured along with traditional instrumentation.
 
In April we return to one of our favorite venues, Community of Christ Temple, to close out our year performing "Music to Inspire" Nationally recognized organist Jan Kraybill will join the chorus in a program of old favorites as well as new works designed to lift the spirit. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed No
Short-Term Success We hope to change attitudes towards choral music from only a medium for classical music lovers to something that can be appreciated by all music lovers through increasing knowledge and understanding of the art form. We also want to more fully engage our community and increase understanding on how music can bring help and hope whether you participate as a singer or audience member.
Long-Term Success
We encourage singing as a life long pursuit that enriches the lives all who participate. Those who sing in choir learn to give and take, know when to lead and when to follow, the value of individual effort to achieve a common goal, reduce their stress,improve their health and generally become better members of the greater community. The more people participate in the arts the more civil and caring our society becomes, benefiting us all.
Program Success Monitored By  For singers we measure success in their willingness to return season and season, committing their money, time and talent to present the best program of which we are capable. As a performing entity we measure our success by quantifying the growth of attendance to performances of the Chorus. We  track audience response through comments solicited on our Facebook page, website, at the post concert receptions and reactions to performance videos posted on You Tube.
Examples of Program Success
  • Invitations for the Chorus to perform at events and venues beyond our scheduled performances. We were asked to perform the National Anthem at a number of local sporting and civic events in the last year as well as being paid by John Knox village for the encore of an earlier program.
  • Increase in the traffic and comments on Facebook and You Tube as well as additional people "following" us on social platforms.
  • More people reaching out to inquire about how to join the Chorus resulting in new singers.
  • Greater interest in serving on our Board of Directors or committee allowing us to add fresh skills and viewpoints to our organization.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Tamara Hart
Term Start Aug 2013
Experience
A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in vocal performance, Ms. Hart has been involved with the Chorus since its founding. Prior to assuming the Executive Director position she served 7 years on the Board of Directors, ending her two year Presidential term in June 2013.
 
She completed a BS in Information Technologies with a specialization in website design and database management from DeVry in 2005.
 
She is the sales manager at Aero Transportation Products, where she has worked since 1986. Her job responsibilities include forecasting, marketing, and customer service.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Founder/Artistic Director
Experience/Biography A graduate of William Jewell College with a Music Education degree. He completed his Master's in Choral Conducting at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Taylor has sung with the Kansas City Chorale since 1992 and can be heard on each of their recordings. In 1992, he successfully auditioned for the Robert Shaw Chorale Workshop held at Carnegie Hall and has returned each year since. Taylor taught choral music at Kearney High School for 15 years. He is currently the Director of Music at Liberty United Methodist Church. In addition, Taylor has served as Music and Worship Repertoire & Standards Chair for the Missouri Choral Directors Association, and in 2007, assumed that same position for the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 1%
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 Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
  • City of Liberty
  • Liberty Arts Council
  • Liberty Symphony Orchestra
  • William Jewell College
  • Belvoir Winery
  • Liberty North High School
  • Community of Christ Temple
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Official Chorus of the CityCity of Liberty2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stan Niederhauser
Company Affiliation Global Art Materials
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email stan@globalartmaterials.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Leslie Bunch Community Volunteer
Mr. Jacob Carter iManage LLC
Mrs. Sharon Diddle
Mr. Dale Herrick Community Volunteer
Ms. Lisa Lee Global Art Materials
Mr. Ron McKinney Brown Mackie College
Mr. Stan Niederhauser Global Art Materials
Mr. Tim Reed
Mr. Bob Saunders Community Volunteer
Ms. Kath Stanley
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
By-laws
Finance
Marketing
Membership
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments The board does an excellent job of handling the work load associated with running and funding the Chorus. The expansion of the committee structure to include specific meeting schedules and agreed upon duties have helped in spreading the work load. We are going to continue to increase committee participation to allow more work to accomplished. Changes in our fundraising plan will offer more opportunities for small groups to assist with different events.  Increased participation from the community at large is an ongoing goal for the board leadership.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $40,418
Projected Expenses $36,527
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using internal financial statements provided by the organization.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$20,524$27,285$24,258
Administration Expense$2,746$3,059$2,426
Fundraising Expense$2,788$4,197$4,946
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.241.111.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%79%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%20%27%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Benton House $1,000Individual Donor $700
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $750Individual Donor $600
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Fidelity Charitable Fund $500Hallmark $500
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments As the Chorus grows to include accepting outside performance opportunities and auditions to appear at regional and national events, our financial needs have grown accordingly. Increased salaries for our director and accompanist covering more rehearsals and performances as well as guest artists both instrumental and vocal and adding more major works to our music library are all expected costs. In 2018 we to present a more polished appearance by purchasing standard uniform pieces. While many members are willing and able to provide their own outfits, we want to provide financial assistance for those who are not either as a direct scholarship or through waiver of dues equal to outfit cost. These are goals and opportunities we are excited to pursue but can only do so through increased, reliable financial support.
Organization Name Liberty Community Chorus
Address PO Box 884
Liberty, MO 640690884
Primary Phone (816) 510-5933
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tamara Hart
Board Chair Mr. Stan Niederhauser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Global Art Materials
Year of Incorporation 2004