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RIDGECREST CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Bringing Live Chamber Music to Ridgecrest

aka RCMS   |   Ridgecrest, CA   |  www.rcchambermusic.org

Mission

Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society promotes education and awareness of the genre of chamber music and provides opportunities for community members to experience this music in our small desert city. RCMS also sponsors programs in schools where professional musicians present a rich educational experience for the students from the local communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

RCMS Board is very excited about continuing the in-school programs as an outreach to the local students presented by the chamber music ensembles performing the concerts. This, our sixth season with this program, will have five ensembles each present set of two in-school programs covering grades kindergarten to 12th. We are encouraged by the student response with their attendance at the concerts as well as the teachers' and students' responses to the programs. We feel it is important to bring the music culture to the students, especially those who do not have an opportunities to receive it otherwise.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Ms. Karen J Haden

Main address

PO Box 264 Karen Haden

Ridgecrest, CA 93556 USA

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EIN

61-1539533

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RCMS board members noticed several years ago that the audience was definitely getting more white-haired without any young people especially in 10-18 age bracket. After polling the music teachers, both public and private, decided to bring the music to the students in the school setting - a captive audience so to speak. With wonderful cooperation with the schools, the teachers and students are anticipating the in-school programs presented by the professional chamber musicians performing in our concert series. There has been an increase in student attendance in the concerts since inauguration of this outreach program. To expand this outreach, a new youth performer segment has been added to each concert. This provides music students the opportunity to perform alongside professional performers and to earn money toward attending music camp. RCMS also supports the local music teacher organization by sponsoring an adjudication clinic judged by one of the professional ensembles.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Chamber Music concerts

Chamber music concerts are presented five to six times a year in a remote rural community 155 miles NE of Los Angeles, CA. These concerts promote the genre of classical chamber music to those in the community for both those wishing to learn about this music as well as those knowledgeable of the music. The organization is also expanding chamber music appreciation to include more modern performances and unique instruments.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

The Youth Music Fund was established during the 2011-2012 season to enable RCMS to charge a minimal admission cost for students. This fund continues to support students by offering free admission to all music students. RCMS sponsors eight to ten in-school programs presented by the performing ensembles. Thus, the fund makes RCMS chamber music concerts affordable to the youth and allows them to experience the live music performed by high level ensembles both in the concerts and the in-school programs. The in-school programs are presented at local schools; elementary, middle, and high school, along with opportunities for home-schooled students to participate. New in 2022 was an 'opening act' by youth performers at most concerts, giving music students an opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians and earn money to fund their participation in music camp.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RCMS' three main goals are to provide opportunities for community members to experience chamber music by bringing excellent classical music groups to Ridgecrest for five to seven concerts per season; to promote awareness of chamber music by publicizing concerts through a variety of means, especially through personal invitation; and to provide opportunities for younger generations to experience chamber music by providing reduced cost tickets to students, concerts at schools featuring chamber music groups and programs for music students by professional chamber music performers. An additional goal is to raise the funds to establish the organization on firm financial ground for years to come.

RCMS has a Strategic Plan, dated March 2017, with goals. The board uses this as a guide for making decisions on publicity, fundraising, and the relationship with the greater community.

RCMS has a good start, but a long way to go to establishing long term viability. The board is working on the fundraising and endowment opportunities for charting the way to the future.

RCMS has continued to have support for the chamber music series in the community, both monetarily and with some new ticket holders; have seen an increase in student attendance since implementing the in-school programs; continues to have donors support the organization both with funds and in-kind donations. RCMS has not accomplished the large fundraiser events necessary to give the organization a really solid funding base to be able to start an endowment process to keep the RCMS on solid ground financially. Have taken part in an online fundraiser, Give Big Kern, through another organization, Kern Community Foundation, which has been quite helpful. The organization continues to pursue grants and increase outreach activities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RIDGECREST CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 03/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Haden

Community Volunteer

Term: 2022 - 2024

Karen Haden

Community Volunteer

Stuart Nissim

Community Volunteer

Dan Burnett

Community Volunteer

Britney Brown

Community Volunteer

Jordan Covert

Community Volunteer

Edu Enin-Okut

Community Volunteer

Tricia Hoover

Community Volunteer

Elaine Janson

Community Volunteer

Laura Fiorentino

Community Volunteer

Misha Hash

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No