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San Diego Story: “Sacra/Profana has emphasized inclusion of a diverse repertory and collaboration with other arts organizations… these motets demonstrated the choir’s major virtues, including tight sectional unity, a just balance among the sections, and a polished flexibility that communicated the nuances of each text.”

“RetroX” / SACRA/PROFANA, Krishan Oberoi & Juan Carlos Acosta, Conductors



San Diego Story: “Oberoi’s confident, clear and insightful directing focused each movement and effectively tightened elusive monodic sections.”

“Building Briges Between Nations” / SACRA/PROFANA, Krishan Oberoi, Artistic Director


San Diego Union-Tribune: “Since 2014, Oberoi has worked to rescue the music of Austrian (later American) composer Ernst Krenek from undeserved obscurity, and in Friday night’s concert at the Mingei Museum (repeated on Saturday evening at the Oceanside Museum of Art), Krenek’s ‘Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae’ received its San Diego debut in a program titled ‘Building Bridges Between Nations.'”

“Building Bridges Between Nations” / SACRA/PROFANA – Krishan Oberoi, Artistic Director


MAY 2017

TIME Magazine: “…musical collective out of San Diego that calls itself Doctrine has made its debut with a bang on ‘Play,’ a sharply orchestrated piece of futuristic pop. An experiment in manipulation of choir voices, ‘Play’ is a minimalist but textured track that takes its cues from classical choral music and finds power in floating, restrained layers and precise electronic production. From the first listen, it hits just the right chord.”

“Play” / Doctrine – Krishan Oberoi, Co-Founder



San Diego Union-Tribune: “When Sacra/Profana planned its February concerts, they didn’t squeeze a five-minute African-American work into a program otherwise populated by dead white Europeans. They went all in.”

“Voyage” / SACRA/PROFANA – Krishan Oberoi, Founding Artistic Director



The Enterprise: “The concert will include music from African-American communities of the American South, Jewish prisoners of the Nazis and Catholics in 16th century England.”

“The Caged Bird Sings” / Stonehill Collegiate Chorale – Krishan Oberoi, Director



The Patriot-Ledger: “Oberoi is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and has trained choruses for Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino of Star Trek Beyond, producer Carlton Cuse and Disney Theatrical Productions.”

“Ice & Fire” / Stonehill Collegiate Chorale – Krishan Oberoi, Director


JULY 2016

San Diego Story: “The evening belonged to the chorus of young singers, who made a splendid show of their solid week of intense choral immersion.”

Summer Choral Intensive / SACRA/PROFANA – Krishan Oberoi, Founding Artistic Director


JUNE 2016

Boston Classical Review: “The chorus sang with plush tone and fine corporate blend in its featured numbers…”

“Lucio Silla” / Odyssey Opera – Krishan Oberoi, Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master



San Diego Union-Tribune: “SACRA/PROFANA has almost everything: a pleasing and well-blended sound, precise intonation; and a long, carefully maintained line…”

“Concentric Circles” / Art of Élan & SACRA/PROFANA – Krishan Oberoi, Conductor


San Diego Story: “SACRA/PROFANA offered a pair of assertive, well-prepared contemporary pieces by American composers…”

“Concentric Circles” / Art of Élan & SACRA/PROFANA – Krishan Oberoi, Conductor



San Diego Story: “Krishan Oberoi founded SACRA/PROFANA in 2009, and under his visionary direction the ensemble has made its mark on the local scene by tackling challenging new choral works…”

“Chant Macabre” / SACRA/PROFANA – Krishan Oberoi, Founding Artistic Director



The Boston Globe: “The large volunteer chorus (Krishan Oberoi, chorus master) sang with impressive warmth and verve.”

“Le Cid” / Odyssey Opera – Krishan Oberoi, Chorus Master