Cimarron Circuit Opera Company
PO Box 1085
Norman OK 73070
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Cimarron Opera
Mission Statement

Cimarron Opera's mission is to provide aspiring performing artists a forum for their talents and opportunities to gain valuable training and stage experience, while providing cultural enrichment and education to various audiences across the state and beyond.

Contact Information
Contact Name Shari Ransley Jackson
Contact email shari@cimarronopera.org
Address PO Box 1085
Norman, OK 73070
Phone (405) 364-8962
Fax 405-321-5842
County Cleveland County
Alternate Address 555 South University Boulevard
Norman OK 73069
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.cimarronopera.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ccoc/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

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Cimarron Opera                     
P.O. Box 1085                        
Norman, OK 73070   

Cimarron Opera can use in-kind donations of transportation and housing for performers, set and building materials, costume materials, dry cleaning services and performance space.
Volunteer opportunities range from performance technical staff, office volunteers, and performance and reception volunteers.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $171,390.00
Projected Expenses $167,486.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Church Circuit Opera Company1975
Year Founded 1975
IRS Ruling Year 1977
State Registration Expiration Jan 2017
Statements
Mission

Cimarron Opera's mission is to provide aspiring performing artists a forum for their talents and opportunities to gain valuable training and stage experience, while providing cultural enrichment and education to various audiences across the state and beyond.

Background
In the spring of 1975, the late Thomas Carey and Carol Brice
Carey, internationally acclaimed performers, founded Cimarron Opera. The Careys sought opportunities for aspiring artists to sing on stage and to bring superior opera productions to the communities of Oklahoma. Cimarron Opera encourages aspiring artists by:     
-  Providing opportunities for artists to perform on stage, giving
the public access to the finest opera productions
- Developing educational experiences in music for performers and
audiences        
-  Enriching the cultural environment of our state and beyond
- Providing workshops and staged performances for youth to stimulate
enthusiasm and understanding, and ensure a future for opera among young people of tomorrow
-  Providing an opportunity for arts management training
Impact
During the last several years, Cimarron Opera is experiencing a renaissance allowing us to:
1. Produce an fully staged summer opera drawing trained community professionals and aspiring artists from throughout the region. 
2. Expanded the Scholastic Opera Tour to serve more than 10,000 Oklahoma schoolchildren through our in-school performances and library tours.
3. Launched an innovative new Salon Series of one-night only opera experiences hosted in the intimate listening room environment of the Historic Santa Fe Depot.
4.  Launch new multi-disciplinary classes and ensembles.  
 
 
During the next year, we plan to:
1. Focus on strategic fundraising and development. 
2. Transition our short-term strategic plan to a multi-year plan for growth and establishing a sustainable niche for our work.  
3. Elevate the quality of our existing programming, including artistic quality and financial sustainability. 
Needs
1. At least 5 experienced Board members to assist in our planning.
2. Increased corporate and individual donors, in the amount of $20,000.
3. Identify and retain talented production staff.
4. Identify a partnership, or secure an in-kind donation of a performance venue for our events. 
5. Resources to support visiting and touring artists, such as housing and transportation.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Cimarron Opera is Norman's oldest performing arts organization, started by artists in residence at the University of Oklahoma.  Their passion for the impact of the arts and arts education drives us to continue the growth we are seeing with Cimarron and to build new audiences for well trained voices.  
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Cimarron Opera primarily serves Central Oklahoma, though our Scholastic Opera Tour serves the entire state and we welcome aspiring artists throughout the United States to participate in our productions.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Programs
Description Opera Theatre Camp is regarded as one of the best intensive arts experiences in the state.  Cimarron Opera offers the opportunity for youths aged 9-18 to take part in this 3-week camp that provides vocal instruction, dance and acting basics, audition preparation, Gilbert and Sullivan history, and culminates in a fully-staged production of a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta. Students of Opera Theatre Camp come from diverse backgrounds and abilities. No student is turned away on the basis of talent or physical ability. In addition, over half of the campers receive some tuition assistance.
Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Students attending Opera Theatre Camp immediately gain a respect for the creative process, for their fellow performers, and increased confidence in their own abilities. Each year the Opera Theatre Camp class forges strong friendships and continue to stay in contact throughout the year, supporting each other in their endeavors.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
Students attending Opera Theatre Camp become life-long supporters of the arts. Past students have gone on to pursue careers in music performance, music education and arts management.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Each year we solicit feedback on this program from parents of campers through surveys and parent interviews. In addition, our camp staff, all aspiring music professionals themselves, participate in a post-camp focus group to discuss which aspects of the camp were successful and which needed improvement.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Over half of our students are returning campers. Their families plan their summers to allow their children to participate. For returning students, their average length of attendance is 5 years. In almost all cases, a marked improvement can be noted in performance ability, musical understanding and personal confidence. There are some cases that demonstrate the success of this program:
1. Last year, a child with severe autism came to camp unable to directly address any individual. After spending time with other campers, repetitively singing the same music without the need to directly engage, he began to ask questions, and even brought his guitar to perform for the other campers.
2. One young student came to camp with a natural vocal talent, but was shy and fearful from previously being judged on appearance. Because our camp allowed her to shine based on vocal talent alone, she blossomed, and is now an outstanding performer applying to colleges to study music.
Description
The Summer Operetta provides a firsthand grand opera experience for our community. This annual event is a cornerstone of Cimarron Opera's programming. In keeping with our mission, it is cast with aspiring artists from throughout Central Oklahoma and the region, who also serve as mentors to the students of our Opera Theatre Camp. Each year, the Summer Operetta performs a fully-staged Gilbert and Sullivan favorite to audiences from around the state.
Strategy
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Artists participating in this program are often provided the opportunity to tackle a role for the first time outside of an educational institution. Also, they gain an appreciation for the creative process and respect for working with artists from a variety of backgrounds.
Audiences in Central Oklahoma are treated to high quality, entertaining productions, enhancing their experience and understanding of this art form.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
Ultimately, Cimarron Opera aims to establish itself as the opera company from Central Oklahoma, and to assist in launching the future career of vocal professionals and other aspiring artists and support staff.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Personal interviews with the artists and supporting staff, audience feedback and ticket sales indicate the success of the program. In the coming years, formal surveys will be sent to online ticket buyers and participating artists.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
As last year was the first year to bring back the Summer Operetta since 2007, the number of artists interested and the number of patrons attending, exceeded our expectations. 
Description
Since 1981 Cimarron Opera has brought professional opera performances into K-12 schools, and performs at libraries and community events for more than 10,000 children annually. This program allows students who might otherwise never be exposed to opera to experience a high-quality opera performance. In addition, educators have access to supplemental PASS standard-approved educational materials that relate opera to other subjects such as math, science and reading. Our children's operettas are chosen for their ability to engage, inform and entertain young audiences, and provide opportunities for aspiring artists to learn new repertoire and gain valuable performance experience.
Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
During the month leading up to the school performance, schools are provided with PASS standard-approved supplemental materials to assist educators in teaching their students about the story of the chosen opera and synthesizing opera and music with other subjects such as science and reading. At the performance, children are asked to actively participate by asking questions, and are occasionally even asked to sing along. Children gain an appreciation for opera, the arts, and what it is like to attend a performance.  
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
Providing arts education experiences for Oklahoma's youth is an important part of increasing the impact of the arts in our state, creating audiences and supporters for Oklahoma's arts communities, and serving as a catalyst for the creative spirit of its people. Cimarron Opera aims to develop a love of opera and the arts in general in students and educators that have an opportunity to watch a performance by the Scholastic Opera Tour. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Performers invite children to ask questions and provide feedback on their experience at the performance. Additionally, teachers are provided with a short, emailed survey about their experience with Cimarron Opera. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
The questions children ask at the end of the performance reveal how much children have learned, both about story and the music. In addition, students regularly send thank you notes and drawn pictures to let us know how much they enjoyed their experience and how much they learned. The most convincing thing to let us know what an impact Cimarron Opera has had on students, however, is that we are asked to return to schools year after year. 
Description
Since 1970, the Festival of Spirituals has been presented as a gift for the Central Oklahoma community in an effort to keep this pure American art form alive. This body of work includes songs created by Africans enslaved in America, who created entirely new musical styles. The festival includes an evening of music, including a selection of new and familiar arrangements of traditional spirituals, presented by community, student and guest vocalists and instrumental performers. As this festival grows, accompanying educational pieces, such as lectures and film screenings, help educate our community about what distinguishes this unique music and about its historical significance.
Strategy
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified Blacks, African Heritage
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Each year we hope to draw more than 350 people to the Festival of Spirituals, and through that attendance raise funds for continuing Cimarron Opera programming. In addition, we hope to expand the festival from a single performance into a full weekend of activities related to the African-American spiritual and the experiences of the people who created it.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
Through this program communities of Central Oklahoma will gain a better musical understanding about this art form and its influence on all American musical styles, and gain a broader understanding of American history from multiple perspectives.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Success is determined by self-assessment, attendance levels and individual feedback.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Our success is most obviously noted by the fact that many patrons return year after year for this event. There is even one patron who has attended each year since its inception. Additionally, there are many performers who return annually and donate their time.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Shari Ransley Jackson
Start Date Mar 2011
Email shari@cimarronopera.org
Experience

Shari Ransley, Executive Director, has a background in vocal music, and majored in Vocal Music Performance at OU, before graduating with a degree in Theoretical Mathematics.  She worked as the Managing Director for World Family Taiwan for 6 years where she managed, wrote, directed, produced and starred in educational children's theatre. She then moved  back to the US. She served as the Special Events and Logistics Coordinator for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) and Business Director at Sooner Theatre. She joined Cimarron Opera as the Executive Director in March of 2011.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Kevin SmithMusic Director
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Staff Retention Rate 67
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Linda Boatright
Company Affiliation Oklahoma City Community College
Term Apr 2013 to Apr 2017
Email lindamareeboatright@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 25, 2016
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Ole Andreassen Voting
Linda Boatright Community VolunteerVoting
Steve Ellis University of OklahomaVoting
Donna Mitchell-Cox Voting
Zev Trachtenburg University of OklahomaVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 4
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Standing Committees
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments    
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015-June 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $171,390
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $167,486
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$64,105$77,903$72,319
Government Contributions$36,781$36,757$30,708
Federal------
State$27,931$28,596$30,708
Local$8,850$8,161--
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$16,308$18,731$11,478
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$41,865$59,232$21,683
Investment Income, Net of Losses$982$657$46
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$131,768$184,733$106,533
Administration Expense$17,845$13,989$9,528
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.971.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%93%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$122,683$95,626$88,679
Current Assets$112,372$84,815$64,736
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$32,184$15,555$3,166
Total Net Assets$90,499$80,071$85,513
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.495.4520.45
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $64,105Foundations & Corporations $77,903Foundations & Corporations $72,139
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $41,865Earned Revenue $59,232Govt - State $30,708
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - State $27,931Govt - State $28,596Earned Revenue $21,683
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
 
NOTE:  Fiscal year changed from 4/1 to 7/1 in 2012-2013. 
 
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Address PO Box 1085
Norman, OK 73070
Primary Phone 405 364-8962
Contact Email shari@cimarronopera.org
Give with Credit Card http://www.cimarronopera.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ccoc/
CEO/Executive Director Shari Ransley Jackson
Board Chair Linda Boatright
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oklahoma City Community College

 

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