Hailed as “San Diego’s choral-ensemble-for-all-seasons” by the San Diego Union-Tribune, SACRA/PROFANA has rapidly gained a reputation as an exciting new voice in American choral music. The “young and stylish choral group” (KPBS) has been widely celebrated in the local press for their boldness of vision. KPBS identiﬁed the group as “choral music for the iPod generation” (April 2012), and SanDiegoStory.com critic Kenneth Herman wrote: “I laud their bravery and musical conviction in giving life to such demanding and compelling works.” (September 2012) In January 2013 the San Diego Daily Transcript interviewed Artistic Director Krishan Oberoi in a feature entitled “SACRA/PROFANA Unafraid to Step Out of the Box.” SACRA/PROFANA is committed to providing a rewarding, entertaining concert-going experience by boldly championing the music of living composers while breathing new live into timeless masterpieces.
Since their debut in 2009, SACRA/PROFANA has championed seminal works of modern choral repertoire rarely (if ever) heard in Southern California. These include major works by Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti, Steve Reich, Vincent Persichetti, Ernst Krenek, Nico Muhly and David Lang. In April 2012 critic Garrett Harris wrote in the San Diego Reader, “San Diego is fortunate to have a group like SACRA/PROFANA bringing us new music that is of high quality.” The 20-voice ensemble is broadening its reach into the community with an array of collaborations with San Diego performance groups of all types, including California Ballet, San Diego Opera, Bohdi Tree Concerts and more. They have previously worked with with many of San Diego’s leading arts institutions, including the San Diego Symphony, Art of Élan and the San Diego Museum of Art. In September of 2012 the group was personally invited by producer Carlton Cuse of the hit show Lost to perform in Los Angeles as part of a new television project in development.
This innovative ensemble continues to celebrate diversity and engage all generations with its "Diverse Voices" season programming. Their goal of defying genre classification encompasses a unique blend of classic and contemporary styles, with a repertoire including everything from Mozart to Schoenberg, Leonard Cohen to Ligeti, as well as Prince, Maroon 5 and Smashing Pumpkins. The ensemble’s debut album, entitled Elegies & Ecstasies, was released on iTunes in May 2012. SACRA/PROFANA performs frequently on the Orchestra’s Comic-Con weekend and other film-related programs.
KRISHAN OBEROI, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Krishan Oberoi’s choruses have been praised for their “impressive warmth and verve” (Boston Globe), “startling depth” (Variety magazine) and “clear diction, perfect pitch and clear purpose” (San Diego Union-Tribune). Mr. Oberoi is the founding Artistic Director of SACRA/PROFANA, a critically acclaimed, California-based chorus described as “a divine vocal canopy” by The Los Angeles Times.
Hailed for his “visionary direction” (SanDiegoStory.com), Mr. Oberoi has been an ardent champion of 20th and 21st century music, empowering choruses to tackle challenging modern choral works. In 2014 Mr. Oberoi was invited by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang to conduct the world premiere recording of Lang’s when we were children, a piece dedicated to the Glimmerglass Opera.
During the summer of 2016, Krishan Oberoi served as secondary conductor for the world premiere showing of Star Trek Beyond with live soundtrack, in collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and composer Michael Giacchino. Mr. Oberoi has also served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Boston’s Odyssey Opera. He is currently Director of Collegiate Chorale at Stonehill College, and a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at Boston University.