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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have performed as a musician with Octarium and also heard them at one of their concerts. I am amazed and transfixed by the power and beauty of their singing. With only a few rehearsals, they perform flawlessly for the High Holy Days at my temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah. I also had the privilege of conversing with them, and they are all kind and gracious.

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

my temple and as a listener

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

I don't try to change perfection

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The purity and beauty of the singing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This musical group has added an extraordinary amount of beauty and soul to our High Holy Days services at The Temple, Congregation B'Nai Jehudah each year that they have provided music. I'm a professional Bassoonist, teacher and adjudicator in the Kansas City area and I've performed with many ensembles in all the years I've been here. None of the choral ensembles I have ever worked with or heard has the beauty and blend of this wonderful group of people. They are so tasteful and musical, and it's also hard to believe that the Hebrew language that they sing for our Services is not native to any of them! If we could have them for all Holidays and Shabbat celebrations, it would be a dream come true!
They also work hand-in-glove with our marvelous Cantor Sharon Kohn, each party making the other's voice seem so effortless.
Please consider this wonderful group for the opportunity to receive grant support, as it would truely be a shame not to support their marvelous efforts at music-making.

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Our High Holy Days Services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at The Temple, Congregation B'Nai Jehudah. They performed almost continuously for several hours at a time for these important Congregational worship services, singing and chanting along with our Cantor Sharon Kohn in Hebrew.

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There is nothing I can think of to change, they sing so beautifully and add so very much to our worship services.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium has performed some of my choral works in past seasons. Without exception, their treatment of the choral art was flawless. They are wonderful musicians and even better people. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them, and I look forward to future collaborations.

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I received great notoriety and prestige as they performed my 'Ubi Caritas' at the ACDA national convention.

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

Encourage them to perform more widely throughout the country. More arts patrons need to experience Octarium!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have conducted choirs, sung in choirs and enjoyed listening to beautiful choral music for most of my professional life, and I have never heard a choir like Octarium. The have a blend a balance of an ensemble 4 times their size, and a purity that a larger choir would be incapable of matching. Simply put, Octarium is a musical gem; a rare and priceless one at that.

Personally, my favorite performances of theirs include the Manuel ALLELUIA and Lauridsen's O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM. Octarium brings out the beauty of these wonderful pieces in a powerful and moving way.

I look forward to following Octarium through the years, and benefitting from their beautiful music.

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I am a musician: composer, conductor, performer and educator; and their music is directly related to all of my fields of expertise. I listen to their music for my own inspiration and enrichment. I also highly recommend their music to others.

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

Do whatever I could to increase their budget for recordings, performances, workshops, seminars for youth, etc.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium always delivers! Their sound is consistent and brilliant. Creative programming enhances every concert. Don't miss!

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

CDs and concerts

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

I would not change a thing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a music educator and I am extremely impressed by the quality of choral music produced by Octarium. The blend and balance are exquisite and the group has a true sense of what they are singing about. I would recommend a recording or a concert of this lovely group to anyone...they are phenomenal!

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

multiple recordings...unfortunately I do not live close enough to attend concerts but listen to every recording they produce.

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

not do it at this time...they are a great cohesive group and what they are doing is working very well.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I had just moved to a new town, started a challenging new career of fundraising consulting for the performing arts during unhopeful economic times, and was trying to support a spouse in her first ministerial appointment. A friend gave me an Octarium CD, "Essentials" and Rachmaninov's Bogorditse literally slapped me in the face. The gentle firmness of pianissimo and both the depth and marriage of tone forced me to pull over my car because the sound was literally pulling the tearful depression from my eyes and the moaning stress from my throat. I believe art connects us to each other and to our Creator. Art as a vessel has saved me time and time again. Octarium was a vessel that day, and I'm continually impressed and blessed by their artful and innovative approach and dedication to producing one sound together.

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

a musical recording

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

make them better known

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a music educator I am always trying to find new and innovative ways to promote classical music in the public schools. The Octarium website was recommended to me and I am very impressed with this organization!! I recently viewed the video clip Sing a Symphony and will be forwarding the link to educators in my district. Kudos to Dr. Krista Lang Blackwood and Octarium for their dedication to music education in the schools!!

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I will be forwarding the link to this site to music eduators in my district.

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

encourage others to promote this site and help with funding as budgets for the Arts are continually slashed.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This group gives new meaning to the much sought after "one voice" sound that many choral groups find elusive. Congratulations to Dr. Blackwood and her singers. I would hope that Octarium will be able to extend their wonderful musical influence beyond the midwest and possibly to the international level. A well deserving choral ensemble.

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I have never heard Octarium live but have been overwhelmed by their musical integrity experienced by listening to their serveral CDs.

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

Make their influence more wide spread

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional accompanist who has worked with nationally known directors, I consider Octarium to be a choral ensemble that is not only inspiring in their performances but top quality in precision, intonation, repertoire selection, and communication with the audience. It is always a joy to attend their concerts. They are my preferred choral group in Kansas City.

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

attending their concerts.

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

ask them to plan more concerts.

 
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