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  

The first time I heard Octarium, I was driving down the turnpike at 70 mph and their Thompson's "Alleluia" came on the radio. I was so struck with the sound that I almost had to pull over and stop. The melody, the dynamics, the balance, and just the sheer size and quality of the sound literally brought tears of joy to my eyes. I could not believe I was listening to only eight voices! Now I have all the albums and attend concerts any time they are within 100 miles of me.

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

Attending concerts

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

change nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium has taken their craft to a very high level. Each year this ensemble has sung together clearly shows in their performances. Their ability to anticipate each other's cues is virtually unmatched in the choral ensemble world. To perform with such precision and passion without a conductor shows just how talented and dedicated each member is. The result: music that will take you far, far away from whatever room you are in when you hear it.

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

My iPod, at my desk at work, in the car, and loud on our home theater speakers.

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

Be a part of it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the incredible good fortune to be part of a fundraiser at which Octarium performed. Not only was their performance perfectly suited for the venue, and the charity, in was positively divine. Octarium should be counted as a local, national and global musical gem and I consider it a great privilege to walk among their fans.

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

Their work on "Lessons & Carols for St. Mark Lutheran Church"

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

Work tirelessly to expose them to the world and make them a household name.

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Rating: 5 stars  

To hear Octarium sing is like being in heaven. I have been lucky enough to hear them sing several times now, and I usually have to drive several hours to do it. It is worth it every time. From sacred choral music to traditional choral music to experimental forms and new composers, they are up to the challenge. It is my good fortune to have them in my musical life.

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

attending concerts, and seeing their faithful committment to other non-profits and charity groups.

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

love to see them sing more often!

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?

accidently attended a concert a couple of years ago.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This season Octarium warmed up the sanctuary of St. Marks with lush tones and spot-on harmony. The occasion was a benefit concert to raise money for the city neighborhood church that could not pay its heating bills.

This musical organization is an absolute GEM that a friend and I had the good luck to stumble upon when looking for quality entertainment. What good fortune to have found them!

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

Watching them involve a wide swath of the community, including public officials, to draw attention to a dying neighborhood institution.

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

Wider based publicity.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium provides all residents of Kansas City and those of us who enjoy their recordings with a wonderful, imaginative and uplifting experience. Their musicality is extrarodinary and the blend of voices is ethereal. Clearly they have a commitment to the highest standards of performance.

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

By listening to recordings.

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

Increase the number of live performances.

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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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