• Strategic Planning


CKME reorganized as a not for profit organization in 2009 and as part of that process received a grant from the Arts Work Fund and engaged the Arts Consulting Firm to launch a strategic planning effort designed to revise its vision, mission and values and establish goals and objectives. 

The strategic planning process was led by the Strategic Planning Committee, comprised of CKME board members, staff, and local community members involved in the arts. Additional feedback on the planning process was provided by the Community Advisory Committee whose participants included prominent members of the Chicago arts community. 

We continue to reevaluate our goals and objectives on a yearly basis.

  • Board Building


Board Building and Committee Development were identified by CKME’s strategic planning process as a crucial next step in the future development and success of the organization. The strategic plan highlighted the importance of having an active and influential board of directors in order to provide a strong organizational foundation. With generous support by the Arts Work Fund, CKME embarked on a unique Board Building & Development process guided by Kristin Patton of Ensemble Consulting and utilizing the philosophy of Arts Action Research.

Through the continued professional guidance of the consultant and the AAR model, the process ensures that CKME’s board, committees and support groups act together within their clearly defined roles, goals, priorities, and structure to effectively support the growth of the organization by harnessing structural support for successful new programming, organizational leadership, community partnerships, and funding development.

  • Programmatic Expansion


In addition to our ongoing internal development, we continue to foster opportunities for programmatic growth and further community reach. We look to support from individual donors, foundation grants, and corporate sponsors to fund the following projects:


Providing smaller orchestras with an affordable, self-produced alternative to our touring production.

Partnering with Chicago-based organizations who share our dedication to nurturing our city and its youth.

Introducing economically underprivileged children to the joys of classical music and the extraordinary lives of the great classical music composers.

Bringing our award-winning touring productions to smaller-budgeted orchestras around the world.

  • Production Creation and Enhancements

Revitalizing our repertoire, educational materials, and production elements.

  • Aspirational Opportunities 

Establishing a broader presence online and a deeper impact in the community.