JUAN CARLOS ACOSTA, M.M.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CHORAL MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Juan Carlos Acosta is in his fifth season as principal conductor of SACRA/PROFANA and has continued the legacy of visionary programming and musical excellence founded by Krishan Oberoi. Under his leadership the ensemble has given notable premieres of works by composers such as Sarah Kirkland Snider, Kim André Arnesen, Ola Gjeilo, Saunder Choi, Sarah Rimkus, and was featured in the live world premiere of the film “Star Trek Beyond” with a score by Michael Giacchino.
Juan Carlos is also in his fourth year as music director and conductor for “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” a collaborative effort between the San Diego Opera, Bodhi Tree Concerts and SACRA/PROFANA which was recognized by the San Diego Theater Critics Circle as an “Outstanding Special Event” and hailed by the San Diego Union Tribune as “masterfully conducted.”
Active nationally, regionally and locally as a speaker and presenter, Juan Carlos has recently presented at the Relevance Choral Symposium sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association, and has a chapter in the forthcoming book ”Relevance in Choral Music” to be published by GIA. Juan Carlos has also worked with composer Brandon Waddles to be awarded the inaugural Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant through the ACDA which will be premiered at the Summer Choral Intensive in July 2020.
In addition to his role with SACRA/PROFANA, Juan Carlos is the Director of Music Ministries at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, where he directs the Chancel Choir, the Village Community Chorale, and Youth Choir, and has led two international tours. Previous positions include Director of the Concert Choir at the University of San Diego, Director of the Cuyamaca College Choir, and Choral Instructor the Chula Vista School of the Creative and performing Arts. He maintains an active schedule as a clinician, and conductor of honor choirs throughout the region.
KRISHAN OBEROI, PH.D.
FOUNDING DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR
Musical artist, teacher and entrepreneur Krishan Oberoi has received widespread critical acclaim for his innovative leadership. Ensembles under his direction have been praised for their “impressive warmth and verve” (Boston Globe), “startling depth” (Variety magazine) and “clear diction, perfect pitch and clear purpose” (San Diego Union-Tribune). Oberoi is the Founder & Principal Guest Conductor of SACRA/PROFANA, a critically acclaimed, San Diego-based chorus described as “a divine vocal canopy” by The Los Angeles Times.
Hailed for his “visionary direction” (San Diego Story), Oberoi has championed the music of living composers, as well as seldom-performed works from earlier centuries. In 2018 he founded the Boston-based Analog Chorale, which released its first album, Explorers, in 2019. Analog Chorale’s first live performance was given in October 2019, when the group performed the Monterverdi 1610 Vespers in its entirety. As Artistic Director of SACRA/PROFANA and Analog Chorale, Oberoi has conducted world premiere recordings of music by such composers as Shawn Kirchner, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Pulitzer-Prize winner David Lang. SACRA/PROFANA’s 2017 collaboration with composer Stephen Feigenbaum was described by Time magazine as “a sharply orchestrated piece of futuristic pop.”
A passionate recruiter and advocate for choral singing, Oberoi has engaged diverse populations through innovative education and outreach programs. These efforts include a month-long after-school program at San Diego’s Monarch School, an institution devoted to students impacted by homelessness.
Oberoi has served since 2016 on the faculty of Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where he directs the Collegiate Chorale, teaches Studio Voice, and co-teaches the interdisciplinary course “Lift Every Voice” with Dr. Ana Popa. He studied at Yale University and is a recent recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University.
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR, CHORAL MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Lara, mezzo-soprano, joined SACRA/PROFANA as a core singer in 2016 and Assistant Conductor in 2017, after bidding a fond farewell to the Chicago music scene. Originally from Irvine, CA, Lara credits the thriving arts programs of Irvine Unified School District as the foundation of her music education. With a Bachelors in Music Education and Vocal Performance and a Certificate in Musical Theatre from Northwestern University, Lara worked for three years as Choral Director at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois, before accepting her current position as Performing Arts Educator at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla.
Lara also serves as the Music Coordinator and Chalice Choir Director at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, following three years as Director of Children’s/Youth Choirs at First United Methodist Church of San Diego and five years as Children’s Choir Director at FUMC Evanston, IL. Performing credits include: San Diego Opera Chorus, jazz soloist with the Hip Young Gunslinger’s Big Band (Chicago), Florence Pike in the Northwestern production of Britten’s Albert Herring, and Young Artist at Ohio Light Opera.
CHORUS MANAGER, CHORAL MUSIC & PIANO INSTRUCTOR
Born and raised in San Diego, Becca graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, specializing in Voice. She has had the honor of singing with SACRA/PROFANA since its debut performance in 2009. Since then, she has continued to be involved as a core soprano, section leader in the Summer Choral Intensive (SCI), educator through the outreach program, and Chorus Manager.
Becca has been involved in music education throughout San Diego since 2008, teaching in various elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District as well as her private studio. She had the privilege of establishing and pioneering the Keys of Inspiration program by the Lang Lang Foundation at High Tech Explorer Elementary, teaching group keyboard to students in grades 2-5. Becca currently serves as a worship leader at Reservoir Church and when she’s not singing or teaching, is raising her two young boys.