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North County Choral Festival

April 26 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm PDT

Juan Carlos Acosta, Guest Clinician, and Dr. John K. Russell, Clinician

Friday, April 26, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (HBT)

Invited choirs from around north county will perform in a festival setting in the Brubeck Theater at Palomar College. Dr. John Russell (Palomar College Director of Choral and Vocal Studies) will be joined by Dr. Christopher Gravis who will present clinics for each performing ensembles in this first annual event. Due to the large format of the festival, there is limited public seating. Please contact Dr. Russell at jrussell@palomar.edu for full registration details.

Special Guest Clinician will be Juan Carlos Acosta.

Juan Carlos Acosta Picture

Juan Carlos Acosta has been serving as the principal conductor of SACRA/PROFANA since 2015 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.

Active nationally, regionally, and locally as a speaker and presenter, Juan Carlos has made presentations or served as clinician for the Choristers Guild, the American Guild of Organists, the San Diego Arts Mega conference, the California and American Choral Directors Association. Together with composer Brandon Waddles, Juan Carlos and SACRA/PROFANA were awarded the inaugural Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant through of the ACDA, which will be premiered at the Summer Choral Intensive in July 2023.

​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. Juan Carlos has previously served on the music faculty of the University of San Diego, Cuyamaca College, and the Chula Vista School for the Creative and Performing Arts.


Howard Brubeck Theatre
Howard Brubeck Theatre, 1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069 United States
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Palomar Performing Arts
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