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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Performing Arts, Singing & Choral Groups, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Octarium sings for us at Congregation B'nai Jehudah for our High Holiday services. Their enhancement of the spiritual experince is ethereal, moving and brings deeper meaning to the occasions for me. From the first time they graced our gatherings, I felt I stepped into a fresh, open, sacred place. I marvelled at their ability to so faithfully render Hebrew even though they had not previously studied it (I assume). Thank you Octarium. You make our High Holidays more wonderful and meaningful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My pesonal high holiday experience is always enhanced by virtue of the music and its specific arrangement. This particular time in the year is devoted to reflection and I find no better way to reflect than accomopanied by music.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has been playing the role of spiritual musical accompamists at out sysagogues High Holiday Services for 5 or 6 years now. Theyappear as professional musicians both in performance and demeanor. the sounds are angelic, harmonic, and appropriately match the tone of the litergy in each segment of the music. THe music sets the tone of the prayers and they capture it all quite well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have heard this group sing many times. They approach the music with genuine seriousness. Their sound belies their small size. Tremendous talent, dedication, and beauty.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our congregation has had the great fortune to have Octarium as our holiday choir singing alongside our cantor for as many years as I can remember. Octarium's voices elevate the beauty of our holy days and help create moments of both solemness and joy. I am sure that their work in other settings is equally as beautiful as their participation in our holiday services. My hope is that they will continue to be able to share their music with our congregation, the Kansas City community and beyond for years to come.

Deborah R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When the Octaruim sing on the High Holy days, it sounds so angelic almost as if the angels themselves are singing with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the extrodinary pleasure for eight years of being in the pews as Octarian has added their voices to enrich a worship experience. I have had the opportunity to travel fairly extensively and to see and experience others in the role that Octarian has been filling. I can without hesitation tell everyone that what Octarian provides is without exception an extrodinary experience. We would be far poorer without Octarian's participation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Each year, Octarium provides a rich and beautiful backdrop for our most important holidays of the year. Our synagogue is fortunate to have this very professional group located in our city. They create a full-bodied sound that helps set the tone for our entire service. Additionally, they are always a pleasure to watch. Their director exhibits true poise and grace in her leadership of this group. This is a very unique group!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have heard Octarium sing for several years during our High Holiday services at our synagogue. Their professional voices add beauty to our service. They are well disciplined, always watching their director, and coming in together as well as releasing together when that is called for. They make a beautiful, moving contribution to our services, and I am always glad to see them.

Client Served

Rating: 4

they are very enjoyable to listen too their dedication to their work is very endearing they are refreshing encouraging and very moving :)

Ron W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been following Octarium for several years. Attending concerts, and listening to their CD's. Every time I attend a performance I feel refreshed and enriched by the beauty of the music and the skill with which they present it. Can't get enough Octarium!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I heard Octarium sing at a local concert for the holidays and was blown away by the quality of their music. A friend of mine is in the group, and so to be honest, I first went to be nice. I left feeling totally different. The music moved me and their grace and humor was apparent. The group is quite talented and I would recommend their concerts to anyone!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Serendipity

Just by chance I was looking through local events in KC and came across your concert. I drove over two hours to hear the concert and it was time well spent. The vocals of the group lived up to their name. The selection of music was superb and the overall atmosphere was warm and inviting. I look forward to many more concerts by this group of professionals.

Jerry J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Listener's Choice Concert this evening, Feb. 19, was delicious! How they make eight notes sound like 18 is beyond me! Sing me to Heaven and Shenandoah were so lush, not to mention Over the Rainbow. Heart-melters! Don't miss your next opportunity to see/hear them. I won't!

Mark M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard the Listener's Choice concert tonight Feb. 19; it was incredible as always. I never tire form hearing the perfect synchronicity of sound and silence from these 8 incredible voices. The Willow Song, A Boy and a Girl, and Sing Me to Heaven were breathtaking; I am in heaven still after the experience. A Fantastic concert! - Mark Meyerdirk

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great singing combined with great programming is hard to find. Couple that with genuine people, bringing their enthusiasm deirectly to the listener and you have Octarium. This organization helps make this part of the Midwest a vibrant place to live. It deserves our support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Octarium performed for the Crescendo Concert Series in St. Charles, MO in a previous season. I had heard them twice before, once travelling to KC to attend a concert on their home ground. They are a thoroughly professional and enjoyable ensemble with a great deal of audience appeal. Much attention to choral detail, some excellent solo voices. My admiration to their founder/director.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a long time resident of Kansas City with season tickets to several musical performance series (symphony, opera, etc.). I have heard Octarium in person and am always in awe of the sound that they create. I consider them to be one of the musical jewels of Kansas City. My most recent performance experience with them was their American Idyll concert in October 2010. This was held in the Auditorium of the WWI museum. The combination of the setting and the music really brought the meaning of the selections home to the audience. I brought along a friend who does not get to concerts very often. She is now a fan, too. She immediately checked her schedule to find the next concert when she, too, could introduce someone to this special group!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Octarium recently performed at a community benefit/fundraising performance for us in Kansas City's urban core and they set a very high standard for the future of choral music on Troost Avenue. Their commitment to rebuilding our neighborhoods became real at this event and we are very grateful fo Octarium's efforts to help rebuild the health of KC neighborhoods through the arts. The Friends of St. Mark Lutheran Church are now looking forward to an annual Lessons and Carols and the continued celebration of fine music on Troost Avenue.