San Diego’s only year-round professional chorus, SACRA/PROFANA was founded in 2009 by New York native Krishan Oberoi, and has risen to become “San Diego’s go-to choral ensemble” (U-T San Diego).
Recognizing the importance of engaging arts education for youth, SACRA/PROFANA began its Summer Choral Intensive (SCI) program for high school students in 2014 and has repeated the program annually. In response to requests from students and parents, SACRA/PROFANA expanded the program to include middle school students in 2017. SACRA/PROFANA is committed to awakening and nurturing enthusiasm for the choral art, through vibrant performances and focused outreach.
Described by KPBS as “choral music for the iPod generation”, the dynamic choral group has collaborated with The Chieftains, producer Carlton Cuse (of ABC’s hit show Lost), Japanese composer Nobou Uematsu, and many other prominent creative minds. In addition to their popular crossover work, SACRA/PROFANA has championed challenging choral masterpieces by such composers as Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti and Ernst Krenek. The ensemble’s debut album, Elegies & Ecstasies, was released in 2012, and in 2014 SACRA/PROFANA produced the world premiere recording of when we were children by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, available on the Cantaloupe Music record label. SACRA/PROFANA was a 2016-17 finalist for the American Prize in Choral Performance - Professional Division.