Global Rhythms was conceived in 1996 by Miami alumnus Srinivas Krishnan. Its mission is to perform ethnic music from non-western cultures using Western instruments. The group is open to all students at Miami University with an interest in world music and has grown from just five members in its first year to include over thirty instrumentalists and Miami’s Collegiate Chorale. In 1998, Global Rhythms began performing outside of Ohio, and since then has given over forty tour performances at venues such as Berklee College of Music, Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Lotus World Music Festival at Indiana University in Bloomington. To date, Global Rhythms has performed music from Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on both the classical and popular music of India.

                In 2003, Collegiate Chorale and Global Rhythms joined Indian film composer A.R. Rahman on his Unity of Light tour of the United States, performing at major venues including New York’s Nassau Coliseum for an audience of 18,000. Further performances with Mr. Rahman are planned for this April 15 at Eastern Michigan University and April 22 at the Trent Arena in Dayton, Ohio. A. R. Rahman is often referred to as “the Indian Mozart” – having composed over 75 film scores in the past twenty years in addition to the music for the Broadway musical Bombay Dreams and a musical based on The Lord of the Rings, which opens in Toronto this month and will move to London’s West End in September. Global Rhythms and Collegiate Chorale are extremely grateful to Mr. Rahman for his continuing permission to arrange and perform his music.

                The Miami University Collegiate Chorale has been the official choir of Global Rhythms since 2001. A select mixed choir of 80 undergraduate singers drawn from all majors and departments at Miami University, the Chorale performs a repertoire spanning five centuries from Bach to Stravinsky to a wide assortment of multicultural music. In March 2005 the Chorale was selected to sing for mass at services in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and the Basilica of Maria Maggiore in Rome. In 2002 the Chorale toured to New York City where they performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and sang the National Anthem for the New York Mets. The Collegiate Chorale has performed frequently in France, Germany, Italy, and Luxembourg, and in 2003 the Chorale made its first tour to Russia, Estonia and Finland. The Chorale has performed live on both the ABC and Fox Networks on both local and national broadcasts. Since the fall of 2001, the Chorale has appeared regularly with Miami’s Global Rhythms Ensemble both on campus and on tour.