Bass-Baritone Benjamin Winters, a founding member of Octarium, “offers Octarium a magnificent base around which to build its sound” (Arnold Epley, KC Metropolis). Winters received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Wheaton Conservatory of Music and completed his Masters of Music (also in Vocal Performance) from the University of Kansas, where he studied with John Stephens and sang Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the title character in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. While a young artist at Opera North, Winters "wisely underplayed the role of Peter Quince, putting over the text with aplomb, singing firmly and making the best dramatic impression" (David Shengold, Opera News).
Winters has performed roles with the Kansas City Lyric Opera and has sung solo for the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, the Trinity Consort (Lawrence) and the St. Charles Art & Music Festival’s Opera Institute. Though Winters has sung under such distinguished conductors as John Nelson, Louis Burkot and Ward Holmquist, he credits his choral development to his time singing under Simon Carrington and Paul Wiens.