Hailed as “San Diego’s go-to choral ensemble” (July 2012) and “San Diego’s chorale ensemble for all seasons” (January 2014) by U-T San Diego, SACRA / PROFANA is rapidly gaining a reputation as a dynamic new presence in American choral music. The “young and stylish choral group” (KPBS) is San Diego’s only year-round professional chorus, and 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 critic Kenneth Herman wrote: “I laud their bravery and musical conviction in giving life to such demanding and compelling works” (September 2012). In January of 2013, the San Diego Daily Transcript interviewed Artistic Director Krishan Oberoi in a feature entitled “SACRA / PROFANA Unafraid To Step Out Of The Box”.
Since their debut in 2009, the ensemble has been invited to collaborate with legendary Irish band The Chieftains, Producer Carlton Cuse (of ABC’s hit show LOST), Japanese composer Nabuo Uetmatsu, and many other prominent creative minds.
SACRA/PROFANA continues to champion seminal works of modern choral repertoire rarely 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”. In September of 2012, SACRA/PROFANA gave the U.S. premiere of He Saw A Skull, a new work for a cappella chorus by Bang On A Can co-founder Michael Gordon.
With a repertoire including everything from Mozart to Schoenberg, as well as Prince, Maroon 5 and The Smashing Pumpkins, SACRA / PROFANA continues to defy genre classiﬁcation. The ensemble’s debut album, entitled Elegies & Ecstasies, was released on iTunes in May 2012.