Jay Van Blaricum
Tenor Jay Van Blaricum adds a lucid, balanced tone color to Octarium's sound. Following a musically active childhood, Van Blaricum studied music composition and theory at the University of Kansas under Charles Hoag and Mark Holmberg, receiving a B.M. in Music Theory with Distinction in 2001. During each of his undergraduate years at KU, Van Blaricum sang tenor with various ensembles under the direction of Simon Carrington, Mitos Andaya, and Lincoln Andrade, including Oread Consort, Chamber Choir and Collegium Musicum. With the vocal sextet Oread Consort, he performed Thomas Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah, without a conductor, for the American Musicological Society National Convention in Kansas City in 1999. Touring with Chamber Choir, Van Blaricum performed throughout Hungary in 1999, Brazil in 2001, and at the ACDA Southwestern Regional Convention in Oklahoma City in 2000. Van Blaricum has sung with Octarium since 2006 and has composed and arranged several pieces for the group, including Long, Long Ago, an original work featured on Octarium's 2007 release, Hodie.