The mission of 

Heartland Chamber Music  

is to connect, engage, and inspire

 students of all ages through a

 lifetime of musical education and




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. The organization has served more than 4000 students and presented more than 149 concerts throughout the past 16 years through year-¬≠round and summer chamber music programming. 

HCM will build on this programming success in the fall of 2017 with the introduction of String Sprouts, providing free string instruments and free weekly lessons to at-risk children as young as 3 until they transition into their grade school band and/or string programs. 

We realize our mission by offering the following educational programs:


“It is on rare occasion that we partner with a group of musicians dedicated and passionate about teaching and imparting the most central gifts to young musicians.  This week we witnessed the Heartland Chamber Music Festival faculty challenge and empower students; push intellectual achievement, problem solving and self-discipline; instill an understanding of social and cultural context; and inspire human expression.  We appreciate your love for music and for generously sharing your talent with our youth.”

-Angel Mercier, JCCC Performing Arts Series Arts Education director, summer 2010

to learn more about our faculty


String Sprouts

Hall Pass Concerts


Heartland Chamber Music Festival

Festival Scholars

Heartland Chamber Music
Junior Festival

Adult Amateur Workshop

Heartland Chamber Music is an award-winning student chamber music Academy in the heart of Kansas City. Each summer over 100 string and piano students, ages 8-26 from all over the world gather for the Heartland Chamber Music Festival in Overland Park, Kansas at Johnson County Community College. Students receive instruction from internationally renowned music faculty and present free summer concerts in Yardley Hall. Our music school provides year-round chamber music education, and private lessons in both Suzuki and the traditional method, taking place at the Barstow School. Our young artists also have the opportunity to audition for The Camerata Chamber Orchestra for additional Outreach performance opportunities.

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