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Kansas City Chamber Music

connect. engage. inspire.

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

music programs in the Midwest.

The Mission of Heartland Chamber Music is to connect, engage, and inspire students of all ages through

a lifetime of musical education and performance.

Heartland Chamber Music’s focus is twofold: CHAMBER MUSIC and OUTREACH


HCM has served more than 7,000 students ages 3-76 and presented more than 200 concerts throughout the past 22 years through year-round and summer programming. 


Summer is made for chamber music!  During July and August each year, our distinguished faculty from universities, conservatories, and professional symphonies impart their knowledge and passion for chamber music during our student-focused festivals as well as our Adult Workshop for amateurs. 


"It is heartening to hear these young musical scholars of the Camerata and Festival Quartet perform with such authority. The whisperings of the demise of classical music are negated when future performers such as these are in our midst.
KC Arts Beat, Paul Pattison August, 2019


HCM also has year-round chamber music coaching and performances. Our newest collaboration is the Friends of Chamber Music and Heartland Young Artist Project. This program allows for up to 16 students to receive free coaching, masterclasses and opportunities for performance.

HCM String Sprouts Kansas City is an El Sistema based program whose mission is to effect social change through music for children with the fewest resources and the greatest need. Visit the StringSproutsKC page to learn more.


Our programing philosophy mirrors that of chamber music:

  • quality over quantity

  • small student-artist ratio

  • engage performing artists who have a heart for teaching


This ideal gives everyone a chance to connect with artists without limitation of age, skill level or socioeconomic background.  

Heartland Chamber Music     1600 Genessee St., Suite 824       Kansas City, MO 64102

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