Vocal ensemble “Oktoih” was founded at the initiative of the conductor Aleksandar Sasa Spasic and several of his close associates- singers, with a basic idea to form a chamber ensemble specialized in researching and performing chamber vocal and vocal-instrumental works.
“Oktoih” is functioning as male octet and double mixed octet with a semi-professional way of working and a mobile system of action. The total number of singers depends on the kind and difficulty of the programme, so it can consist of 24 to 32 singers maximum, which is a standard number for a chamber choir.
Special attention and affinity of the ensemble and the conductor is directed towards unknown and unperformed spiritual compositions, as well as the works of contemporary Serbian composers. Concerts have so far been divided into three groups: Liturgies, Psalms and Songs for the Mother of Christ (east- west).
Also, special attention is paid to the research, analysis and performance of religious compositions of different religious confessions, as a proof of artistic and musical width and an example of cooperation and exchange of spiritual and musical experiences.
Since its founding, every year “Oktoih” celebrates their Slava (Serbian Orthodox feast) THE NATIVITY OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, on September 21st.