Juan Carlos Acosta
Associate Artistic Director
Associate Artistic Director Juan Carlos Acosta has joined the leadership of SACRA/PROFANA with over a dozen years of conducting experience. A native of San Diego, Juan has deep roots in this community and is looking forward to continuing this organization’s collaborative and innovative role in the local arts scene. Since his appointment Juan has led the group to critical acclaim and prepared them for noted performances with Art of Elán and the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops. In addition to his role with SACRA/ PROFANA, Juan is the Director of Music Ministries at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe and the Associate Conductor of the Folklore Guild. Previous positions include Director of the Cuyamaca College Choir, Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church, Chula Vista, Director of the San Diego Children’s Choir Preparatory and Intermediate Choirs, and Choral Director at the Chula Vista School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Juan has made conducting appearances with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, the American Guild of Organists Regional Convention and the Pacific Academy of Ecclesiastical Music. He holds a Bachelors of Music Education and a Masters of Music in Conducting from San Diego State University.
New York native Krishan Oberoi is a visionary conductor whose passion for unorthodox programming is bolstered by a firm grounding in musical tradition. Oberoi attended the Yale School of Music, earning his master’s degree in conducting in 2006. In 2009, Oberoi founded SACRA / PROFANA, a professional choral organization that has quickly risen to become “San Diego’s go-to choral ensemble” (U-T San Diego). SACRA/PROFANA regularly performs with the San Diego Symphony, and has also embarked on major collaborations with the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Dance Theater, and San Diego Museum of Art.
At the start of SACRA/PROFANA’s 5th Season, Oberoi initiated the Sound/Project High School Residency, bringing professional choristers from SACRA/PROFANA into the classroom for a year-long residency at Mira Mesa High School. This effort led to SACRA/PROFANA’s first annual Summer Choral Intensive, a week-long institute for high school choral singers at the University of San Diego. The 2014 Summer Choral Intensive brought together over 70 high school students from 23 different schools for a week of high-level choral activities, culminating in a performance of challenging choral repertoire under Oberoi’s direction.
Oberoi has consistently championed the music of living composers, conducting regional premieres of works by Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Nico Muhly and Joshua Shank. He has also directed performances of many 20th century choral masterpieces, including Arnold Schoenberg’s Friede Auf Erden, Gyory Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna, and Ernst Krenek’s Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae.
In 2014, Oberoi was personally invited by Disney Theatrical Productions in New York to develop a choral contingent for a new musical with an Oscar-nominated score by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the 1996 animated film, had its U.S. premiere in October of 2014 at the La Jolla Playhouse, with Oberoi serving as Choir Master on a creative team including the show’s authors, as well as Director Scott Schwartz and conductor B-A Huffman. In this capacity, Oberoi recruited and prepared 120 choristers, providing a 32-voice onstage choral ensemble for over 50 consecutive performances.
Mr. Oberoi has served as Chorus Master for the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops since 2012, and has also recurited and prepared choruses for La Jolla Music Society and the Mainly Mozart Festival at Balboa Theater. He has led choral clinics at the University of San Diego and San Diego State University, where he served as a guest Lecturer in 2010.
Before moving to California, Mr. Oberoi studied orchestral conducting in New York under Harold Farberman and Eduardo Navega, and choral conducting under Simon Carrington and Marguerite Brooks at Yale University. Oberoi obtained his bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory in Boston, where his mentors included Daniel Pinkham and Alan Fletcher.