John A. Graham lectures regularly on topics relating to the history and revival of Georgian sacred music.

Samples of John’s talks may be seen in the following links:

Pre-Concert Lecture, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, November 2012

INVITED TALKS

  • “Georgian Chant Neumes: What They Tell Us About A Forgotten Oral Tradition,” lecture series of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago, April 9th, 2013
  • “The Life and Works of the composer Zacharia Paliashvili,” special lecturer for the Capitol Hill Chorale, Washington DC, October 27th, 2012
  • “Georgian Chant in the Digital Era,” Works in Progress Series of American Councils, Tbilisi, Georgia, November, 2009
  •  “Variation Technique in the Gurian Improvisational Trio genre,” Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, September, 2009
  • “Variation Technique in the Gurian Improvisational Trio genre,” for a graduate medieval counterpoint class taught by Prof. Rob Wegman, Princeton University, NJ, April, 2009
  • “The influence of Gramophone Era Recordings on the Current Performance Practice of Georgian Liturgical Chant,” Center for East Eurasian and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago, April, 2007
  • “The Georgian Chant Revival,” Pan-Orthodox Society for the Advancement of Liturgical Music, Chicago, IL, 2006
  • “History and Revival of Georgian Chant,” lunchtime lecture series hosted by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 2006
  • “Issues in Music Research in Georgia,” with Malkhaz Erkvanidze at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, Botkin Lecture Series, Washington D.C, November 2005
  • “Issues in Music Research in Georgia,” with Malkhaz Erkvanidze as part of the lecture series of the Intercultural Institute, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, November 2005

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Heard but not Sung: Voice-crossing in West Georgian Chant,” at the Fourth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, Joensuu Theological Center, Joensuu, Finland, 2011
  • “Pencils and Erasers: Harmonizing Georgian Chant in the Early 20th Century,” Fifth International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2010
  • “Mnemonic Devices and the Art of Variation in Georgian Chant,” Fourth International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2008
  • “Divergent Chant Traditions in Modern Caucasus Georgia: An Examination of the Earliest Recordings and the Influence of Western Choral Practice,” Second International Society for Orthodox Church Music, Joensuu, Finland, 2007
  • “Transcription Irregularities in Certain Gelati Monastery Chants,” Dartmouth College, NH, 2007
  • “Transcription Irregularities in Certain Gelati Monastery Chants,” Columbia University, NY, 2007
  • “Maxime Sharadze: Transcriptions and Publication in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Georgian Chant Preservation Movement,” at the V. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005