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Conducted by Juan Carlos Acosta and Dr. Keith Pedersen

Orlando di Lasso

Katerina Gimon

Joel Thompson

Sarah Quartel


Audite Nova

A Path to Hope

  1. Without Voice

  2. The Fear

  3. Believe​

III. Amadou Diallo (from Seven Last Words of the Unarmed)

-Performed by SCI Tenors & Basses


As You Sing

-Performed by SCI Sopranos & Altos 


Reena Esmail

Adam Davis, Violin

Dale Warland

Adam Davis, Viola

Reena Esmail 

David von Kampen


arr. Daniel R. Afonso, Jr.




Emilee Acosta

Bailey Boltz

Kanoa Cavaco

Zoey Choi

Amy Gan

Mitchie Hagle

Corina Morga

Bianka Sanchez

Stephanie Schafstall

Jessica Shaw

Hopelyn Southcombe

Lia Southcombe

Jasper Sussman*


Cielle Chan

Amanda Clifford*

Lyriq Freeman

Lily Hobson

Claire Lee

Patricia Reyes

Elly Roseberry*

Sophia Valenti

Claire Van Rhyn

Keira Vanderlip

Jennifer Xiao


Raphael Delgado

David Limon*

Mack Peterson

Michael Sakell*

William Southcombe

Korbin Werner


Marcus Buu-hoan

Leonardo Carmona

Caeleb Collins

Adam Davis*

Noah Jackson*

Austin Pierce

*Staff and Interns


Calie Grossheim

April Fisher

Jessica Trost

Libby Weber


Lara Korneychuk

Ellie Mout

Danielle Perrault

Elly Roseberry


Aaron Burgett

Brandon Di Noto

Sean McCormac

Michael Sakell


Uriah Brown

Aaron Bullard

Noah Jackson

Zlatoslav Sokolov


Adam Davis



Adam Ferrara


SCI Interns

BJ Robinson

Jennifer Opdahl

Laura WIlliams


Juan Carlos Acosta, Director

Keith Pedersen, Director

Aaron Burgett, Program Manager

Jennifer Opdahl, Pianist

Rebecca Ung, Recruitment Coordinator

Jasper Sussman, Recruitment Coordinator, and Soprano Section Leader
Elly Roseberry, Alto Section Leader
Michael Sakell, Tenor Section Leader
Adam Davis, Graphic Designer, and Bass Section Leader

Amanda Clifford, Intern
Noah Jackson, Intern
David Limon, Intern


Juan Carlos Acosta, Artistic Director

Aaron Burgett, Assistant Conductor

Adam Ferrara, Collaborative Pianist

Rebecca Ung, Chorus Manager


Karl Bunker, President

Tori Haberman, Secretary

Eric Swanson, Treasurer

Leslie Conner

Linda Kewin

Mirabelle Kirkpatrick

Glenda McKibben

Krishan Oberoi


Founded in 2009 by Krishan Oberoi, SACRA/PROFANA quickly gained acclaim as “San Diego’s go-to choral ensemble” for their collaborations with the region’s top performing arts groups including the San Diego Symphony, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir of San Diego, the L.A. Choral Lab, Mainly Mozart, Malashock Dance, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Opera, Bodhi Tree Concerts, and San Diego Dance Theater, among many others. Notably, the group gave the red carpet world premiere live performance of Michael Giacchino’s score for Star Trek: Beyond with the San Diego Symphony at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016, as well as Alan Menken’s and Stephen Schwartz’s stage adaptation of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2014.


Specialists in the work of living composers, SACRA/PROFANA have given world, national, and regional premieres by contemporary luminaries such as David Lang, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shawn Kirchner, Saunder Choi, Brandon Waddles, Anthony Davis, Amy Gordon, Stephen Feigenbaum, Jason Carl Rosenberg, Stephen Sturk and many others. They have also embraced the challenging choral masterpieces of twentieth century icons Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti, Dominick Argento and Ernst Krenek.

The group released their first full length album Elegies & Ecstasies in 2012, followed by the world premiere recording of when we were children by David Lang in 2014. Since then, the group has produced numerous recordings and videos, most notably their socially distant pandemic cover of “Cars” by Gary Numan. SACRA/PROFANA recently released A Longing for Christmas with Grammy award winning producer Peter Rutenberg.



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Juan Carlos Acosta was appointed Associate Artistic Director and principal conductor of SACRA/PROFANA in 2015, and named Artistic Director in 2018. Under his direction, the group has continued its artistic excellence and commitment to contemporary choral music, while diversifying its repertoire, representation and engaging in socially relevant issues. 


Juan Carlos has received critical praise for his interpretations, as well his refinement of the choral sound, with Ken Herman (San Diego Story) writing “The warm, superbly balanced sonority of Sacra/Profana persuasively communicated this work’s emotional depth. Kudos to Acosta for cultivating such a well-balanced, finely tuned ensemble sound that still retains the color and vitality we cherish in a great singer.”

In 2018 Juan Carlos conducted San Diego Opera’s collaborative performance of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 for three sold out audiences and live broadcast on KPBS. The performances were hailed as “masterfully conducted” (San Diego Union-Tribune) and were awarded the 2018 Craig Noel Special Event award by the San Diego Theater Critics Circle.


Over a career that is approaching twenty years, Juan Carlos has been active nationally, regionally, and locally as speaker, presenter, and clinician for such groups as Choristers Guild, the American Guild of Organists, the San Diego Arts Mega Conference, and the California and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Together with composer Brandon Waddles, Juan Carlos and SACRA/PROFANA were awarded the inaugural Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant by the ACDA for a work based on the life and work of activist James Baldwin for double choir and jazz trio. 


In addition to his work with SACRA/PROFANA, Juan Carlos Acosta also serves as the Director of Worship at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, where he directs the Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, Choral Scholars, and the Village Community Chorale. He has also conducted the Concert Choir and Choral Scholars of the University of San Diego, the Cuyamaca College Choir, and served as choral director for the Chula Vista School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from San Diego State University. Juan Carlos has done additional study with Charles Bruffy at the Westminster Conducting Institute, and Jon Washburn with the Vancouver Chamber Choir.



Dr. Keith Pedersen is in his twenty-fourth year on the faculty of Point Loma Nazarene University. After graduating from Northwest Nazarene University, he returned to his native Canada to direct high school choirs for six years. While earning graduate degrees in choral conducting from Temple University and the University of Illinois, he also directed church and community choirs and conducted several orchestras. At PLNU he is the conductor of the PointLoma Singers, a chamber choir; the Choral Union, a 150+ voice choir of students and community musicians that sings choral masterworks with orchestra; and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble program. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he has taught courses in music history, conducting, and voice. He has been a choral clinician on both the east and west coasts. Dr. Pedersen has also served as the Director of Choral Ministries at La Jolla Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years.


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Jenn Opdahl graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theory with independent coursework in composition. Her major instruments of study were tuba and piano, with performance experiences ranging from brass ensembles, concert band, and orchestra to chamber vocal music and choir. Jenn worked in music publishing for over 10 years before starting a career in education. Having taught in a variety of settings and capacities, she also earned a Master in Education degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. Jenn currently teaches orchestra, choir, and guitar in the Sweetwater Union High School District. An active member of the San Diego music community, Jenn has been a church musician in numerous local parishes, served as rehearsal accompanist for SACRA/PROFANA, and is a founding member of the Pacific Sound Brass Quintet.



Audite Nova - Orlando di Lasso

Audite nova!

Der Baur von Eselskirchen,
der hat ein feiste gaga Gans,
das gyri gyri gaga Gans!
Die hat ein langen, feisten, dikken, weidelichen Hals,
bring her die Gans,
hab dir’s, mein trauter Hans!
Rupf sie, zupf sie, feud sie, brat sie, z’reiß sie, friß sie!
Das ist Sankt Martins Vögelein,
dem können wir nit Feind sein!
Knecht Heinz, bring her ein guten Wein
und schenk uns tapfer ein;
laß umhergahn, in Gottes Nam’ trinken wir gut Wein und Bier
auf die g’sotten Gans, auf die braten Gans, auf die junge Gans,
daß sie uns nit schaden mag.

Hear the news!

The farmer from Eselkirchen

has a plump goose,

(goose noises)

It has a long, fat, thick, willowy neck:

Bring here the goose

Do you have it, my trusty Hans?


Shear it, pluck it, scald it, roast it, carve it, devour it!


That is St. Martin's little bird,

with whom we would not enemies be!

Servant Heinz, bring here a good wine

and gift us one bravely;

let it go all around, in God's name we drink good wine and beer

to the boiled good, to the roasted goose, to the young goose

that it may not harm us.


A Path to Hope - Katerina Gimon

1. Without Voice

Loose, percussive interpretation of the morse code spelling of the word “voiceless.”

2. The Fear

It’s not the change but the fear that holds me down.

3. Believe

Believe that someday soon we will sing again as one.


III. Amadou Diallo (from "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed”) - Joel Thompson


Mom, I'm going to college.

As You Sing - Sarah Quartel


Your voice is like the breath of spring when first it wakes the flowers

I blossom brightly as you sing and flourish by your side

And in your singing I am found

Your voice is like the breath of spring—I flourish by your side


Your voice is like a cherry tree in playful bloom beside me

I dance and flutter as you sing and shine when you are near

And in your singing I am found

Your voice is like a cherry tree—I shine when you are near


Your voice is like the breath of spring

I blossom brightly as you sing

Your voice is like a cherry tree

I shine when you are near


Your voice is like an ancient oak that stands in gentle strength

My roots run deeper as you sing

And in your singing I am found


Your voice is like the breath of spring, a cherry tree, an ancient oak

You sing me safely home


When the Violin - Reena Esmail


The violin

Can forgive the past

It starts singing.


When the violin can stop worrying

About the future


You will become

Such a drunk laughing nuisance


That God

Will then lean down

And start combing you into




When the violin can forgive

Every wound caused by



The heart starts



The Voices - Dale Warland

I would never go into the dark without the voices,

I have come to rely on how they mend us

among the ruins

of what we have hoped for.


Doubt was never the root of us,

doubt winds itself, again and again,

around our doing, but it was never the source,


joy is the source, foliage of joy;

always the light, the shadows,

always the leaves.


From where I stand now, I cannot see every singer,

but looking out across the years,

listening in ways learned

only from them, I can hear all the song.



TāReKiṬa - Reena Esmail

Text syllables are onomatopoeic vocalizations of the sounds produced by Indian instruments.


I Am Possibility - Dale von Kampen

I am possibility

Taken under wing

Growing roots

I raise my voice

Lifted up, I sing.


I am hope unlimited

Purple morning sky

Youthful sparrow

Learns to soar

Gliding now, I fly.


I am faithful promise

Winter into spring

Tended seeds

Yield summer gifts

Planted here, I sing.


Ascending toward the clouds,

Then back to the ground.


I am possibility

I am faithful sound

A joyful noise


Echoing abound.


Samba-lelê - arr. Daniel R. Afonso, Jr.

Samba-lelê está doente

Está com a cabeça quebrada

Samba-lelê precisava

De umas dezoito lambadas



Samba, samba,

Samba ô Lelê

Pisa na barra da saia ô Lalá 


Ó Morena bonita,

Como é que se namora ?

Põe o lencinho no bolso

Deixa a pontinha de fora


Ó Morena bonita

Como é que se casa

Põe o véu na cabeça

Depois dá o fora de casa


Ó Morena bonita

Como é que cozinha

Bota a panela no fogo

Vai conversar com a vizinha


Ó Morena bonita

Onde é que você mora

Moro na Praia Formosa

Digo adeus e vou embora.



We are grateful to our supporters for their generous contributions! Please join us in thanking them for being an important part of what we do. Total donations July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Please let us know if any info is listed incorrectly.


Visionaries $10,000+

Betsy Manchester

Sandra New


Underwriters $5,000-9,999

Tori & Aaron Haberman

Peter Rutenberg

Sustainers $2,500-4,999

Karl & Leslie Bunker

Susan Childs

Larry & Susan Gerling

Linda Kewin

Glenda McKibben

Susan & Douglas McLeod

Benefactors $1,000-2,499


Juan & Andrea Acosta

Clifford & Carolyn Caldwell

Leslie Conner

Fusenot Foundation

David & Patricia Lokensgard

Krishan Oberoi

Eric & Rexanna Swanson

Greta & Stephen Treadgold

Advocates $500-999

Walter Baumhoff

Jan & Rick Farley

Alan & Pam Hay

Carol Manifold

Holly & Warren Otto

Deborah Rimkus

Friends $250-499

Anneke Doty

William Slack & Mark Malean

Supporters $100-249

David Bardwick

Steven Barkley

Jay & Mary Hanson

Mary Koto

Stacey Love

Joani Nelson

Mary Ellen O’Malley

Mary Ray

Elaine & Doug Muchmore

Bill & Georgiana Simmons

Kent Swedell


Thank You!

Clara Joy Welcome, Program Design


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P.O. Box 712049, San Diego, CA 92171-2049


SACRA/PROFANA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 46-0549914.  All donations to support SACRA/PROFANA are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Financial support is provided by the

City of San Diego. 


Point Loma Nazarene University is pleased to co-host this event in partnership with SACRA/PROFANA. More information on the university can be found at


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