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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!!
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.
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.