OCTARIUM

Rating: 4.95 stars   104 reviews

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Location: 6320 Brookside Plaza #163 Kansas City MO 64113 USA

Mission: Octarium is Latin for “Eight as One,” and the name defines our mission: Eight Singers, One Choral Voice. Octarium is committed to fostering and promoting the development and appreciation of the art of choral music through innovative and engaging programming, seeking to inspire, enlighten and educate.
Programs: See http://octarium.org/education.html for a description of our outreach programs.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium is a very focused music organization. Its mission is to preserve the great a cappella music from the past as well as the present. It serves the Kansas City area well in this mission, and it's starting to collaborate with other civic organizations to serve not only in the arts, but also historic preservation (among others).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending and listening to their concerts

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the artistic director be in front of the public more. That's about it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium was kind enough to donate their talents to a service of Lessons and Carols at our church, St. Mark Lutheran, in December of 2010. I was fortunate enough to have a seat in the chancel where they were singing, and I was mesmerized. The singers were perfectly pitched and their voices blended spectacularly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the concert, which provided a wonderful experience for the public, and raised much-needed money for our congregation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

They were giving their time to help our community and our neighbors.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a lover of choral music I was enchanted when I first heard Octarium several years ago; the beautiful meld of voices, the balance of the singers, the ravishing harmonies. This is a group of very talented singers, brilliantly trained to sing together as a perfect ensemble. There is no more beatiful instrument than the human voice (when trained and used correctly), and here are eight such instruments working together with remarkable effect.

I have barely missed a concert since, and just wish that more others could experience the sound of this wonderful group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the very positive reactions I get from people I have brought to performances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it the resources it needs to make itself better known in the community so more people could enjoy these performances.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am not a terribly verbose person and I'm a good writer, either. I wish I could express how exquisite Octarium's music is - the beauty of the music, the phrasing, the synchronicity of the singers - 8 voices as one But these words are like saying that the Grand Canyon is big or amazing or beautiful. Words cannot do Octarium and their music justice. We are incredibly lucky that they exist, that Krista Blackwood, despite all odds and absolutely no funding, is able to keep this chorale group together. They sang for a fundraiser for a church in my neighborhood in freezing cold (the sanctuary was 42 degrees) and the music brought tears to my eyes. Do yourself a favor: Check out their website and buy a CD and transport yourself to heaven.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've heard their music at the fundraiser and online, and through their CDs. I had not known about them until this past year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to get Krista Blackwood paid for what she does as the director and founder of Octarium. Music and the interpretation of music is not a God-given talent. It takes years of study and practice. Why we consistently underappreciate the contributions of musicians is mind boggling.

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