The Octāves were founded in 1990 as part of a senior project. “Octāves” came from the musical term “octave”, and served as a clever reference to the school mascot, the Richmond Spiders (spiders have eight legs). Over the past 29 years, the Taves have consistently been a part of campus life at The University of Richmond. As time has progressed, so has the quality of the group. The group has spread its talents all over the east coast, performing and competing in various events ranging from non-profit community concerts to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella!
Every Spring, The Octāves host Spring Fever, the biggest a cappella event of the semester at The University of Richmond. For 25 years Spring Fever has brought some of the best a cappella groups from around the country to perform alongside The Taves, and the event promises to bring many more in the future.