WHO WE ARE
SACRA/PROFANA redefines choral music by combining technical mastery with a dedication to diversity and inclusion in choral repertoire, and an eye toward social justice. The ensemble is acclaimed for its musical diversity; merging pop, classical, and contemporary music with its commitment to amplify the artistic voices of women and individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, alongside traditional works.
As a nonprofit organization, SACRA/PROFANA is committed to innovative choral programming, renewed collaborations with local and regional artists/groups, and service to the surrounding community through unforgettable performances and education programs that change choral students’ lives.
SACRA/PROFANA has accomplished remarkable things in 14 previous seasons,
including numerous world and U.S. premieres and collaborations with leading
regional arts organizations: San Diego Symphony, Art of Elan, San Diego Opera,
California Ballet, and many more.
SACRA/PROFANA has also performed with many artists of worldwide renown, including the legendary Irish band the Chieftains, Producer Carlton Cuse (of ABC’s hit show Lost), composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek), and composer Alan Menken and Lyricist Stephen Schwartz in the development of Disney Theatrical’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at La Jolla Playhouse. Some recent highlights include performing the trailer for Amazon Pictures’ “Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” at Comic-Con 2022, and presenting the world premiere performance of the complete song cycle of Amy Gordon’s “Songs of Hope in Strange Times.” SACRA/PROFANA was also honored to receive the 2023 Chorus America Education and Community Engagement Award.
A 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. Their second album, “A Longing for Christmas” was released in 2021.