John A. Graham


This is the little corner of the internet where I collect bits of my professional, musical, and academic history. - John A. Graham



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)

Library of Congress

John A. Graham delivers invited lecture on Georgian Chant, with members of the Anchiskhati Church Choir performing. A new blog post details the event (April, 2020), which happened several years ago.

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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)




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"