Central to Shanti in 2014 is the Greater Cincinnati Indian community choir founded by Kanniks Kannikeswaran which won two silver medals in the World Choir Games held in Cincinnati in 2012. Collaborating choruses include the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale which won two gold certificates at the World Choir Games, the Young Professionals Choral Collective which won two silver medals at the World Choir Games, singers from MUSE (gold medal winners at the World Choir Games) and singers from Mt Washington Presbyterian Church. Supporting conductors include Steve Malloy and Rhonda Juliano. The performance of Shanti will be conducted by Eric Esparza from the Houston area.
 
Dr. Catherine Roma - Minister of Music at the St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church - Cincinnati collaborated with Kanniks in bringing Shanti to life in 2004. Singers from the St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church Choir, The Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale and several other community singers joined the Indian community choir in spectacular performances of Shanti in 2004 and in 2006 under the baton of Cathy Roma. The Martin Luther Coalition chorale co-founded by Catherine Roma and Rev. Todd O'Neal is a diverse community of singers in the Cincinnati area that performs at the city's Martin Luther King celebration each year. This choir was at the core of a 700 member choir that performed at the inaugural of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  The Martin Luther King Coalition chorale represents the spirit of cooperation and communication espoused by the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
 
The music score of Shanti is being brought to life by the Greater Houston Indian American community in collaboration with the United Natioms Association International Choir. The UNAIC was founded in 1999 to provide all residents of the greater Houston area with an opportunity to sing in many languages within a friendly and supportive environment that is racially, ethnically and culturally diverse. Choir members, now numbering 110 singers from over 30 countries, study, rehearse and perform music from around the world in two full concerts annually, and in many smaller ensemble performances. UNAIC members not only make every effort to achieve the highest levels of artistic performance but also consciously strive to promote the ideal of understanding and mutual respect among all the peoples of the world. On May 16, the Choir celebrated its Tenth Anniversary Season with its annual Spring concert, “A Choral Kaleidoscope: 10 Years in Song”.

UNAIC is under the guidance of Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, Artistic Director, and Mr. Eric Esparza, Conductor.
 
 
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