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.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

How to express the evening listening to Octarium. Blissful!

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

Pure enjoyment in listening

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

No idea because I have no involvement except listening.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend recommended it last year and now I have heard them 2 times.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This group is an amazing vocal ensemble. They work to expand and enhance music education and the public's understanding of music. I have thoroughly enjoyed their concerts in person when travel permits as well as via CD.

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

Attending concerts and purchasing CDs.

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

suggest more concerts and concerts outside the Kansas City area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attend as many concerts as possible and thoroughly enjoy them always. I enjoy watching them in concert as they interact with each other to produce their amazing sound. It almost makes me feel a part of the process.

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

Enjoyable listening and sharing with friends

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

not change anything except hope for more frequent performances and recordings

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Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium is one of Kansas City's most valued and valuable arts organizations. Unique, intelligent, musically brilliant.

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

being educated about composers and classical music, as well as in the eyes of fellow audience members who have been moved and lifted by Octarium's inspiring music.

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

let everyone know about Octarium, and fill those seats!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I acepted an invitation to attend this musical event mainly because i wanted to share a fun evening with friends -- but I was blown away with the music. I am not a music major and only know what I like and enjoy, and Octarium was such a pleasant surprise. The music was lively, soul-searching, spiritual, fun -- and my emotiona ran the same gamut.

I look forward to spending another evening with Octarium -- and my friends!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium is a group of very talented individuals. I personally know Brady! I have seen him put on the spot to lead a group thru a song to finish the oncore ALL by himself without any back ground music. My husband is a drummer for Mid Life Crisis of KC band which is my only musical background but Octarium is a completely different type of entertainment. Style, organization, dedication and outstanding performance is what you witness when listening to Octarium. The vocals are so projected that it gives you goose bumps just to hear this group perform! This group has enducated me on what acapella is!

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

Live and CD performance

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

Not change one thing! They are just outstanding at what they perform.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I don't believe I've ever been to a concert that moved me more than those of the a capella group, Octarium. They are so beautiful............the music perfect........and the singers so captivating. An amazing experience that has reduced me to tears several times. Lovely. I've sung their praises to all my friends.

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

several churches in the Kansas City area.

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

I would have no idea of anything that should be changed. I just appreciate the fact that they exist and that I know about them.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My favorite Octarium concert was at Drury Stone Chapel in 2010. The program was a selection of songs that were of a popular nature and singers voices became the instruments. The incredible sounds, complete with textures and tones that mimicked elements of strings, woodwind and brass were such a delight. As you looked at the crowd, they were fully engaged--smiling, tapping or singing along. It was a magical evening and as people were leaving I heard them ask when they would be back.
The most notable thing of the group if the obvious pleasure they derive from the performance itself and the natural poise and balance they achieve with their voices. Each voice has a strenth in itself as shown in some of the selections that had solo vocals within the text, but they seemed to blend together into a smooth and elegant sound.

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

I'm not sure what you mean by experiencing results only that I personally was uplifted by the power of the performance.

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

I would change the location of their practice and performance area by moving it closer to my home.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Within the Kansas City area are many musical organizations. Only one, however, offers small-group acapella signing, octarium. Anchored by the bass-baritone Brian Winters and moving through the voices to the soaring soprano of Ashley Winters, this, group consistently provides the highest quality of vocal music. As a small group, it does not require vast financial resources; on the other hand, it shoud not be ignored merely because of its size. Having attended many of Octarium's concerts over its eight year existence, I feel that my financial contributions help keep this wonderful music alive. Their skill and enthusiasm brings so much to the audience that it would be a pity if they could not get the financial backing thay they need.

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

attending their concerts

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

find ways of increasing funding in order to facilitate the presentation of more concerts each year at both schools and for the public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium's unique blend of vocals provides a magical sensory experience that is spiritual in nature.

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my community.

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

allow more funding so they are able to perform more often and touch more people with their glorious vocals.

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