What is an Oktavist?
The Origins and Context of the Oktavist Since this website is devoted to the oktavist, this question seems an appropriate place to begin. Simply put, the term oktavist is most precisely used to refer to basses that sing down to contra B flat and lower in a choral setting. I will, however, attempt to explain the historical and cultural origins of the oktavist so that we may come to a better understanding of the term and its history. It is helpful to consider the term oktavist