Octarium

Rating: 4.95 stars   104 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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