There was once a young girl who loved to sing. Her name was Stefanie Roberts, and she dreamed of filling the world with music. In high school, she sang and sang and sang, and she was happy. But when high school was over in 2004 and Stefanie came to the University of Florida, she discovered a world filled with silence. No four-part harmonies echoed from the halls of this hallowed learning institution.
"This will not do," said Stefanie. "I have an idea!"
So in 2005 she summoned her friends Jenna Tuttle and Lisa Musselman, who also loved to sing, and they sat and talked about her idea. They talked and talked and talked. When they were done talking, the Sedoctaves were born.
The idea was a gathering all of the finest female powerhouses at UF to form an a cappella group of the highest quality. They would sing old favorites as well as new favorites. The three girls rejoiced and scheduled auditions. A handful of incredibly exceptional individuals were accepted.
Since their founding in 2005, the Sedoctaves have taken Gainesville by storm. They placed 2nd in Talent Night in 2010 and 2011, and won 1st place in 2012! The first place prize was the ability to perform on stage at Gator Growl, the nation's biggest student-run pep rally in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Sedoctaves compete in ICCA Southern Quarterfinals nearly every year. In 2014 and 2015, our very own Kendall Robertson and Ysatis Hernandez were awarded "Best Solo Performance" and in 2016, Cassidy Kinson was awarded "Best Arrangement!" In between traveling to workshops and rehearsing in the MUB, the Sedocs love performing at tailgates during football season, Turlington Plaza during class changes, and various community events and fundraisers. As if they weren't busy enough, they've hosted several all-male a cappella groups from Ivy League and midwestern universities (we're talking about you, Derbies, Chords, and Mass Transit).
The Sedoctaves are bringing sassy back to Gainesville, and really everywhere else, too.