WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1977, Sacred & Profane is a chamber chorus that performs a wide variety of a cappella choral music. Concert repertoire includes sacred and secular works from the middle ages to the contemporary period, drawing from classical, ethnic & folk traditions. We aim to provide an inspiring & educational experience for audiences & chorus members through innovative programming, intensive preparation & high quality performances.
S&P is composed of 24 to 32 singers (SATB), each bringing superior musicianship, vocal skill, and dedication to the ensemble, achieving professional-level performances. As a result, the ensemble is capable of superior execution of challenging repertoire from across the musical canon, including contemporary and highly demanding works. Auditions are held over the summer, and occasionally before the winter and spring sets.
Our talented singers represent many facets of our diverse Bay Area communities; from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and demographics. S&P embraces our vibrant membership and strives to explore and celebrate this through our repertoire.
Sacred and Profane aims to provide an inspiring and educational experience for audiences as well as chorus members through innovative programming, intensive musical preparation and high quality concert performance. S&P strives for diversity, from the ethnic, musical, and professional backgrounds of its singers to the languages in which they sing to the styles of music performed. Concerts combine seriousness and humor, the early and the modern, the sacred and the profane. They feature challenging works from the choral tradition, works by local and living composers, music from around the world, and increasingly more premieres. Though primarily an a cappella ensemble, S&P enjoys the participation of guest instrumentalists and chamber orchestras, as well as collaborations with other ensembles.
Sacred and Profane’s vision is to be the Bay Area’s finest non-professional a cappella mixed choral ensemble, with highly skilled, expressive, and flexible choral singers. We aim to bring our diverse and exciting choral concerts to ever-broader audiences throughout the Bay Area and beyond, eventually performing in choral conventions, festivals, and competitions.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sacred & Profane is governed by a board of directors that includes both chorus & community members.
Niek Veldhuis, President
George-Ann Bowers, Treasurer and Librarian
Hilary Dockray, Secretary
Evan Variano, Member-at-Large
Rebecca Seeman, Artistic Director, Conductor
Michelle Lee, Choral Administrator, Website, Marketing/Development