John Graham

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Lecturer in Musicology

John A. Graham joins the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University as a post-doctoral associate in 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Princeton University and a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. He studies liturgical repertories with a specialty in the polyphonic repertories of the early Latin Church and the Georgian Orthodox Church with secondary interests in the oral transmission of vocal repertories in sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus region, and the United States. Graham has published extensively on subjects related to Georgian Orthodox music, including issues of performance practice, oral and written transmission, and the post-Soviet revival of chant in contemporary Georgia, where he has spent many years conducting archival and fieldwork research. As a practitioner, Graham performs in the Kashweti Church Choir in Tbilisi, Georgia, is the founder/director of several amateur ensembles including the Princeton Georgian Choirs, and has curatedworkshops on Georgian chant in Finland, Rome, Paris, and the United States. Graham leads “MonasteryTours” in Georgia and Armenia annually, and has also brought several professional ensembles on tour to the United States including the critically acclaimed Anchiskhati Church Choir (2005), the Zedashe Folk Ensemble (2007), and the Sakhioba Ensemble (2012). In his current year at Yale ISM, he is working on several publications related to his dissertation research in the National Centre of Manuscripts in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Faculty Type: 
Visiting Faculty & Fellows