Krishan Oberoi

Assistant Professor

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Smith Center for the Arts G09

Brief Biography:

D.M.A. – Boston University
M.M. – Yale University
B.M. – New England Conservatory

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. He has conducted world-premiere recordings of music by contemporary composers 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 advocate for choral singing, Oberoi has engaged diverse populations through innovative education and outreach programs. These efforts include a month-long afterschool program at San Diego’s Monarch School, an institution devoted to students impacted by homelessness.

From 2016-2020, Oberoi served on the faculty of Stonehill College, where he directed the Collegiate Chorale, taught Studio Voice, and co-designed the course “Lift Every Voice", a class exploring communal song as a force for social change. He studied at Yale University and is a recent recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University.

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