Krishan Oberoi

Assistant Professor

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Smith Center for the Arts G09

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Composer and conductor 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 used the medium of choral music to transcend social and cultural boundaries. With SACRA/PROFANA, he initiated a residency at San Diego’s Monarch School, an institution devoted to children impacted by homelessness. Previous artistic projects include collaborations with Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. SACRA/PROFANA's 2017 recording project with composer Stephen Feigenbaum (aka Johan Lenox) was described by Time magazine as "a sharply orchestrated piece of futuristic pop."

An award-winning composer and graduate of Yale University, Krishan has provided original music for choreographers, filmmakers, actors and poets. As the anagrammatically-named artist Renoir Kobashi, he collaborated with Brooklyn-based playwright Rhiannon Ling in creating the 2023 original musical Best Time To Be Alive. Described by Lexi Lawson (Broadway cast of Hamilton) as “euphoric…magical… a musical masterpiece in the making”, Best Time To Be Alive is currently in development in New York City.

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