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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

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Judith P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a trained musican and a member of B'nai Juhdah's former choir, I always enjoy, not only listtening to the Octarium choir, but also singing along with them at our High Holiday services. Our services are greatly enhanced by Octarium's participation during these services.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This cantorial group adds a sense of beauty to the dignity of the High Holiday Services and should be commended for thier efforts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Octarium voices combine to sound like an orchesstral group. You can hear the joy in their performances. They make their performances sound like special occasions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teenager who usually listens to popular music, I really enjoy listening to Octarium at our holiday services. The two days of services are very long, but I get wrapped up in the music and time just flies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Octarium has been an integral part of our High Holiday services at Congregation B'nai Jehudah in Overland Park, KS. They have helped to transport me to another plane on those very special and holy days. They help transmit the gravity of the day.

Sam G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's not every day that my family and I choose to sit towards the front at services. When Octarium is there - we try to sit as close as possible. Their voices are beautiful and their showmanship connects us to both the music and the spiritual nature of why we're there.

Mark C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even with "substitute" singers Octarium is better than your average choral ensemble. Only Krista Blackwood would think that minor misses could mar the performance of Kansas City's best eight member (or almost any number of members) a capella group. The rest of us didn't notice - too enthralled by the music.
They sang everyone's favorites, and the crowd was duly pleased. Actually, since everyone got to pick their favorites for the program (Listeners' Choice), this was more or less inevitable. Nontheless, I'm sure there were many who came away with new favorites as Octarium did their usual superb job of lending intimacy, good humor and class to a wide variety of music from many genres.
The venue, St Elizabeth's in KCMO, is also one of my local favorites for vocal performances providing just the right mix of depth and resonance to everything from a three-voice chant to a triumphant chorus.
You should go and listen.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Octarium's voices, along with our Cantor's, make the evening complete! It is just that simple!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I've not been able to see Octarium perform live, I am fortunate to have obtained several of their cds. The sounds and harmonies of Octarium are beautiful, many voices combining to make one lovely voice. I look forward to the day when I will have the opportunity to attend a performance!

Liana L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Octarium has a beautiful, pure sound. I love their musicianship and dedication to their craft.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How to express the evening listening to Octarium. Blissful!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!!!

Mary Lee G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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