John A. Graham


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John A. Graham

John A. Graham is a scholar, entrepreneur, traveler, student of life, a father and husband, and a teacher. He lives in Tbilisi, Georgia, with his wife and children, but keeps close ties with family and friends in the United States. He sings in a church choir, supports local musicians and NGOs with his voice in the Tbilisi community, and regularly travels the region.

John A. Graham holds a bachelor's degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University (2003), a masters and a doctorate in historical musicology from Princeton University (2015). Graham has received prestigious awards and grants including:

  • "2016 Outstanding Foreign National Scientist of Georgian Studies" from the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of the Georgian Government;
  • Writing Fellowship grant, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) (2013);
  • Arthur Mendel University Fellowship in Music, Princeton Music Department (2006-2007);
  • Fulbright Research Grant in Tbilisi, Georgia (2004-2005);

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John Graham produces film on Georgian traditional music, featuring the Ranina Quartet (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Interview (Library of Congress)

John A. Graham is interviewed by Steve Winnick and Thedocia Austin for the Homegrown Music series of the Library of Congress (January, 2022). The one hour interview covers a range of topics mostly related to the history and practice of Georgian traditional chant both then and now. We also discuss the exchange of music through Georgian choirs visiting the LOC over the years, and the Capitol Hill Chorale of Washington DC on tour performing in Georgia, organized by JohnGrahamTours.


Guest Lecture

John A. Graham delivers lecture on Georgian Chant Studies

University of Notre Dame (Jan. 2019)

Singing Workshop

John A. Graham leads a singing workshop investigating the nuances of performing Georgian polyphonic liturgical chant

University of Notre Dame (Jan. 2019)




Performance-Lecture (Library of Congress)

John A. Graham delivers an invited lecture on Georgian Chant, with members of the Anchiskhati Church Choir performing (March, 2016). A new blog post details the event.

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New York Times

Feature travel article highlights John A. Graham and one of the unique tours offered by

Travel Section: "Music and Ancient History in the Caucasus"