Heartland Chamber Music
4220 Mercier
Kansas City MO 64111
Summer Festival Students - 2017
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 735-4532
Mission Statement
The mission of HCM is to connect, engage and inspire students of all ages through a lifetime of music education and performance.  
 
We envision a community where everyone is touched by chamber music.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Vicki H. Olson
Board Chair Mr. Dan Frank
Board Chair Company Affiliation Heartland Chamber Music
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Former Names
Heartland Music Academy
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of HCM is to connect, engage and inspire students of all ages through a lifetime of music education and performance.  
 
We envision a community where everyone is touched by chamber music.
Background Statement

Founded in 2001 as a summer camp to offer local musicians the opportunity to study and perform chamber music, Heartland Chamber Music has grown into one of the most nationally recognized pre-college chamber music programs in the midwest. HCM has created a model that is unique in scope and benefits the musicians we serve while developing an audience base that will help support the future of the arts in Kansas City. The organization has served more than 4000 students and presented more than 148 concerts throughout the past 16 years through year-round and summer chamber music programming.

Students ranging from ages 6-76 participate in programs designed to accommodate musicians of all levels. HCM’s two-week summer program has grown into a nationally-recognized summer chamber music festival hosting the Harlem Quartet, making Kansas City a popular destination for chamber music each summer. HCM expanded our programming  in 2017 and launched String Sprouts, providing free string instruments and free weekly lessons to at-risk children beginning at 3 and and committing to them for the full 5-year curriculum   

Year Round Programs 

  • Hall Pass Outreach: HCM students perform for underserved pre-k students
  • String Sprouts KC:  An Early intervention music education program that is based on the key components of the Suzuki Violin Method and El Sistema.  

Summer Programs

  • Heartland Chamber Music Festival: ages 12-26
  • Festival Scholars: up and coming young artists ages 16 - 26
  • Heartland Chamber Music Junior Festival: ages 15 and under
  • Adult Amateur Workshop: ages 21+
Impact Statement
 Top Accomplishments 2017:
  1. We launched String Sprouts with 4 classes in 4 locations throughout the KC Metro (Guadalupe Center, Early Ed Center in KCK Public Schools, Holliday Elementary in KCMO Public Schools, Hiersteiner Institute at JCCC)
  2. We hosted a 3-day residency with the Harlem Quartet who performed and worked with students during the 2017 summer Festival.
  3. We have secured an Early Education Advisor (Jovanna Rohs, MARC) and she has helped us increase our collaborative efforts with other arts organizations and Early Childhood Education Centers. 
  4. Bev Chapman has volunteered her time to do a documentary on String Sprouts KC and this has given us great media coverage; TV, Radio and beautiful "clips" of the Sprouts students.   She will continue to follow them throughout the year. 
 
Goals for 2018:
      1. To expand String Sprouts 6 locations and serve 112 students
      2.  To host our first annual fundraiser
      3. To recruit 4 new Board members 
Needs Statement
  • We need to increase our Individual funding base, and secure additional funding for our growing String Sprouts program
  • We need an underwriter for our Festival Scholars scholarships.  This an annual gift of $10,000 that supports our Heartland Chamber Music Festival—Festival Scholars...The Festival Scholars program is a tuition-free opportunity for eight highly gifted musicians who have been accepted by audition from an international roster of up-and-coming young artists. They receive instruction from the Harlem Quartet, perform in their own scheduled appearance in Yardley Hall during the Festival, and perform live as featured artists on Kansas Public Radio. The Festival Scholars program is a chance for highly advanced students to learn firsthand what a career in the professional chamber music world can be.
  • We need to recruit volunteers to manage our Sprouting Up Ceremonies
  • We need space to hold our Adult Workshop.  The groups are rehearsing in private homes, but this has become tricky because the participants to not get to interact with each other until the final performance.  
  • We need to hire a Festival Director 
Service Categories
Music
Preschools
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
International
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
TN
IA
KS - Lawrence
NV
SC
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International
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
During these 16 years, our proudest moments are hiring alumni to teach for the Junior Festival and String Sprouts, and having a past Festival Scholar win a position with the KC Symphony. WE are developing our own talent in Kansas City!
In our successes we have found that:
  • From a formative perspective, music is an integral part of a well rounded education.
  • From a cultural perspective, chamber music education is one of the purest forms of the performance arts.
  • From a community perspective, there is no more efficient way to deliver an experience of classical arts than through the chamber music experience.
Our challenge is that patrons of the arts attend concerts, generously support the great concert series, and proudly support the professional symphonies and arts organizations. But where do we think these musicians came from? Someone was there to nurture their talent.
If we as a society do not support the organizations that nurture the talent in our own communities, then we are consigning ourselves to be a permanent importer of talent, leadership, and innovation. It is our dream that every donor continues to support the professional performing arts organizations, but additionally supports HCM and the work we are doing to connect, engage and inspire students of all ages through a lifetime of music education and performance.
Programs
Description

Heartland Chamber Music Festival, July 27 - August 4, 2018

The summer Festival is an exciting 9 days of chamber music, orchestra, master classes, music history, student and faculty performances and more! Each summer advanced string and piano students ages 12-26 are selected by audition to work one-on-one with internationally renown faculty members that have gathered for the festival with the purpose of inspiring and nurturing the students’ development. The acclaimed Harlem Quartet join us in the summer as artists in residence. We attract local, national and international students.

Program Budget $104,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Festivals
Population Served US& International, Children Only (5 - 14 years), Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success 2017 Student Success: Zofia Farley: alternate winner of 2017 Midwest Chamber Ensemble Youth Concerto Competition. Joey Gasperi: first place scholarship in 2017 Shooting Stars awards, for excellence in the Literary, Preforming, & Visual Arts. Alice Guo: winner of the 2017 Kansas City Civic Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and finalists of the 2017 Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition. Joshua Kovac: accepted to the Young Artist Program at the 2017 Music@Menlo Festival. Micaela Murphy: selected to participate in the Intensive Quartet Seminar at Cleveland Institute of Music with Cavani String Quartet; Peter Salaff, of the Grammy Award Cleveland Quartet.
Long-Term Success From the interaction and communication experiences necessary for successful chamber music performances, the young musicians develop skills that support artistic and academic achievement. It is our belief that we are inspiring young musicians and building audiences for the future of the Arts. Recent Successes include: Philip Marten making his performance debut in La Jolla Music Society SummerFest 2017, a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 80 world-class artists and ensembles performing in San Diego, CA. Tanner Mennes was selected to perform in Musicians from Ravinia Music Institute 2017 Concert Tour led by renown violinist, Miriam Fried. Samuel Cho, Kenton Lanier and En-Ting Hsu joined the faculty of Heartland Chamber Music's Junior Festival in 2017. En-Ting Hsu and Sarah Gifford were both selected to be Lead teachers of HCM's new outreach program, String Sprouts in KC starting in the fall of 2017.
Program Success Monitored By Our annual survey measures our defined outcomes. In 2017 100% of our students felt engaged during the coaching sessions, felt like this experience strengthened their listening skills, and felt like this experience promoted collaboration and teamwork. Faculty also evaluate students based on their initial audition and then after their final performance to determine increase musical proficiency.
Examples of Program Success

"I had spent much of the previous four years studying chamber music with the faculty of Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Through their expertise, I learned the finer aspects of making chamber music – intensive listening, detailed score studying, working well with other people and personalities, decision-making, phrasing, style, and a wealth of other topics that relate to chamber music and music-making in general. Heartland provided an outlet to experiment with these ideas with other music students interested in musical possibilities, and also supplied the tools and supervision to find success within and eventually outside of that space."

Philip Marten, Alumn and recently won a first violin position with the KC Symphony 
Description

Festival Scholars

This is a tuition-free opportunity for 8 highly gifted musicians to receive intense chamber music coaching with festival artists, to perform live on KPR, and be featured in their own scheduled performance during the Festival. This program is attracting an international roster of up-and-coming young artist.

Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Festivals
Population Served US& International, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Gives these scholarship students all of the experiences of a professional musician; their own performance in Yardley Hall and a live performance on KPR.   This experience also provides the opportunity to network and develop pre-professional relationships as the students begin their careers. 
Long-Term Success
  1. We expose these scholarship students to what a life as a professional chamber music would be.
  2. Gain professional experience through the residency and performance of world acclaimed musicians, the Miami String Quartet and Ivan Chan.
  3. This program attracts an international group of Young artists, enhancing the KC arts community.
Program Success Monitored By Faculty evaluations, and input from the Harlem Quartet.
Examples of Program Success
Many of our Festival Scholars young artists have gone on to attend prestigious Conservatories and Festivals including Julliard, Interlochen, Aspen Festival, and New England Conservatory. 
 
The quality of the HMC festival is superb, matching and surpassing many other renowned chamber music festivals around the country. 

I am thankful that my love and knowledge of chamber music was planted so early on in my life, as I have seen many of my peers not experience this level of music making until much later in their careers. These roots have been without a doubt a huge influence on me throughout my career as a student. 

Philip Marten, HCM alumn and current violinist with the KC Symphony

Description
Sprouts is a groundbreaking, Early Childhood music program for children ages 3-8 with roots in the Suzuki violin method and El Sistema. We bring Sprouts to underserved communities and commit to the students and caregivers for the 5 year curriculum. The curriculum consists of 32 weekly group violin lessons (for 5 years), quarterly performances and evaluations, and a year-end celebration and concert with a symphony.
Students receive free of charge:
  • Violin
  • Weekly violin group lessons
  • Weekly parent/caregiver education sessions Opportunities to perform
  • Annual concert with a Symphony (UMKC Conservatory - Sprouts Partner)
“What an incredible opportunity for all concerned ... first and foremost for the young children to be on stage with a full symphony orchestra, and secondly for the students of the Conservatory, providing precisely the kind of educational experience they will be doing the rest of their lives!”
Robert Olson, UMKC Conservatory Orchestra
Program Budget $180,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Year I Goals include increasing fine motor skills, executive functioning, and enhancing the child/parent relationship:
  • Goal: Growth of 80% assessed as executing fine motor skills and executive functioning skills well by the final evaluation.
  • Goal: 80% of participating parents/caregivers and students have decreased conflict ratings and increased closeness.
  • Goal: 80% of caregivers to identify one valuable aspect of participating in Sprouts.
Long-Term Success
Goals and Outcomes: Growth in fine motor and executive functioning skills support kindergarten readiness. School readiness is improved by many aspects of String Sprouts, including the emphasis on listening and classroom behavior, and the nurturing from the positive caregiver-child relationship.
Program Success Monitored By
Evaluations will be given by Fully-Certified Lead Teachers at each site and be conducted quarterly for quantitative analysis. The Evaluation Form created by OCM will measure left and right hand techniques to evaluate Fine Motor Skills, and Following the Leader and Class Participation to evaluate Executive Functioning.
The Child Parent-Relationship-Scale (CPRS - Pianta) will be the evaluation tool for conflict rating parents/child relationship and will be completed by HCM certified staff and results will be disaggregated and interpreted by Jovanna Rohs, Early Learning and Head Start Director for Mid-America Regional Council and HCM Early Childhood Advisor
A Qualitative Analysis of Social and Community impact includes a 5 question survey that will be completed by parents under the guidance of HCM staff and JCCC Research team.
Examples of Program Success
Heartland Chamber Music was selected by the Omaha Conservatory of Music to pilot Sprouts in Kansas City. The Omaha program is in its fifth successful year, now serving more than 1300 children and their caregivers at 13 different locations. Utilizing the well-developed curriculum and resources encompassing a proven template of the Omaha Sprouts program allows us to replicate their impact.
Sprouts Evaluation in Omaha showed the following outcomes: School age students significantly improved in executive functioning skills within the zone of desired effects. Preschool students significantly improved in initiative, according to the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment. Children also significantly improved in musical proficiency with an effect size change of 0.20. Child and parent relationships showed significant improvement in closeness.
Description

Hall Pass OUTREACH Concerts

We share our passion by taking chamber music OUT of the concert halls and into the community. Our student ensembles design each program perform and interact with the audience, We serve a diverse audience for students, ages 3-8 at El Centro, The Children’s Place, TLC, Educare, Mosaic and The Guadalupe Center.

Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Each Hall Pass Concert site has invited us back and given us great feedback regarding the excitement of the young audience.  
Long-Term Success

Research continues to point to the beneficial effects of early intervention of arts education. Nowhere is this more significant than in the communities where children do not traditionally get exposure to classical arts. Without exposure to classical music at an early age, it is difficult to engender interest later.   We know that having our talented young musicians perform for under-served students, can have a significant impact on these children and give our HCM students a unique performing experience as well.    They can see the accomplishments of our HCM students and can be inspired to follow their own dreams through hard work and persistence. 

Program Success Monitored By
  1. We will survey the audience at the beginning of each performance to see if this is their first live classical concert and ask other general questions about chamber music to gain insight as to their knowledge.
  2. We will survey the audience after the concert and do a verbal "quiz" to test what they have learned.
Examples of Program Success
“It's been said that music is the universal language. Generally we think that means between languages and cultures but it is no different for special needs kids. When Genevieve Frank from Heartland Chamber Music visited Children's TLC and my classroom this summer, I didn't know what to expect. Children with autism have difficulty attending, interacting socially, or even sitting in circle or story time. But classical music has a unique ability to evoke emotion and to form a connection between the music and the audience. When the story was told through the violin accompanied with Genevieve’s voice, the children were captivated and attentive for the entire 30 minutes. Genevieve was professional and well prepared and the kids loved her. We look forward to future performances by Heartland Chamber Music.”
Mel Montague, teacher Children’s TLC
Description

Heartland Adult Amateur Chamber Music Workshop, July 13 - 16, 2018.

The Heartland Adult Chamber Music Workshop provides an exciting opportunity for adult amateur musicians to explore great works of chamber music. The four-day workshop feature faculty from the Heartland Chamber Music Festival including musicians from the Kansas City Symphony. The faculty musicians will coach and play alongside participants, creating a unique and encouraging music-making environment.

Program Budget $6,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Festivals
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Adult amateurs are able to hone their chamber music skills, develop friendships  and create a community of music lovers to help support the arts in Kansas City.
Long-Term Success
It is our goal to inspire adults through the study and performance of chamber music, giving Adult amateurs the opportunity to meet and play chamber music with like-minded adults.
 
The elements of:
  1. Connections made with like-minded peers in music ensembles
  2. Pride developed through musical accomplishment
  3. The positive reinforcement of appreciative audiences have been shown to raise senior citizens’ levels of self-esteem and self-confidence (Chiodo, 1997; VanderArk, Newman, & Bell, 1983) and lessen feelings of alienation (Wise, et al., 1992), isolation, and loneliness (Hays & Minchiello, 2005a). Dabback (2008) found that the perceived increase in self-esteem associated with participation in a senior citizen band had a significant positive effect on participants’ self-identities as musicians and as productive older adults.
Program Success Monitored By Interaction with the participants, and annual surveys. 
Examples of Program Success
Adult Workshop participants, 2017
When asked: What motivates you to play chamber music?
  • It is a chance of a lifetime to play this music with professional coaching and with fellow amateurs
  • Working intensely on a group project from start to finish, and sharing the results: chamber music makes you even more responsible— because you have a unique part to play.
  • Without music I don’t know what life would be like for me.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Vicki H. Olson
Term Start June 2001
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience
Vicki Olson, Violist and Artistic/Executive Director of HCM, is responsible for the artistic quality of all programs. She is co-principal violist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and maintains a private viola studio. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado. Ms. Olson has extensive chamber music experience, including performances as violist with the William Jewell Trio, Summerfest, Rocky Ridge Music Center and over 100 school performances with the Colorado Camerata String Quartet sponsored by the Denver chapter of Young Audiences. She held principal positions with the Colorado Springs Symphony, Breckenridge Music Institute and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Ms. Olson was the viola instructor at William Jewell College for ten years and Washburn University for 3 years.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Finance Director
Experience/Biography

Brenda Moore has accounting and financial management roles in the nonprofit, public accounting and government sectors, acquiring experience in taxation, financial reporting, and regulatory accounting. Before joining Heartland in 2015, she was a self-employed accountant after working for Catholic Charities and for local public accounting firms. Moore began her career in public accounting with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Title Development Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 10
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
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 Yes
Collaborations

Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series Arts Education Program is our community partner that embraces our artistic vision and help facilitate our summer programs.  We are also supported by Grace and Holy Trinity Church and Grace Covenant and have many of our performances in their space free of charge.     Our students also perform in Masterclasses presented by The Friends of Chamber Music, The JCCC Performing Arts Series, The UMKC Arts Alliance and the Kansas City Symphony.   Our Sprouts partners include Guadalupe Center Preschool, KCMO Public Schools, KCK Public Schools and the Hiersteiner Early Ed Institute.  

With the addition of our Sting Sprouts program we are pleased to have 4 sites collaborating with HCM  The Guadalupe Center, Preschool,  KCK Early Ed Center (KC Public Schools), Holliday Elementary- (KCMO Public Schools),  Hiersteiner Early Ed Center- JCCC. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Member2011
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2017
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
1st Prize Winners: Hannah mcClurg, Sarah Nienhiser and Jonathan McClurgBob Jones University Chamber Music Competion2014
1st Prize Winner and the Laureate Title, Joshua KovacProBohemia International Competition in Ostrava, Czech Republic2015
2nd Prize Winner, Joshua KovacHeran International Cello Competition, Usti and Orlici, Czech Republic2015
Molly GasperiJohnson County Shooting Stars Award2015
1st Prize, Mariah MurphyOzark Festival Orchestra Young Artists Competition2015
1st Place, Micaela MurphySpringfield -Drury Civic Orchestra Young Artist's Concerto Competition2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments


 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dan Frank
Company Affiliation Heartland Chamber Music
Term Sept 2010 to Sept 2017
Email daniel.frank@blackrock.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Joelsette Hernandez Jones
Company Affiliation Pharos Partners, Inc.
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2020
Email joelsette@pharoskc.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Valerie Chow Truman Medical Center
Mr. Dan Frank BlackRock
Hamp Henning Robert W. Baird and Co.
Joelsette Hernandez Jones Pharos Partners, Inc.
Ms. Victoria H. Olson Heartland Chamber Music
Dr. Robin Onikul Chidren's Mercy
Mr. Don Peterson Attorney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Marketing
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Benny Lee Business
Ms. Cynthia Seibert Friends of Chamber Music
Bruce Sorrell Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
CEO Comments       
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $274,484
Projected Expenses $268,394
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$170,961$155,364$175,918
Administration Expense$40,473$26,090$37,422
Fundraising Expense$4,277$5,050$6,137
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.630.961.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%83%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%12%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,602$18,497$26,406
Current Assets$3,602$18,497$26,406
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$96$975
Total Net Assets$3,602$18,401$25,431
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--192.6827.08
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Heartland Chamber Music
Address 4220 Mercier
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (913) 735-4532
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Vicki H. Olson
Board Chair Mr. Dan Frank
Board Chair Company Affiliation Heartland Chamber Music
Year of Incorporation 2001
Former Names
Heartland Music Academy