John A. Graham has performed in many professional and semi-professional choirs, and has several years of experience directing choirs. Recently, his interests have focused on the multi-voiced polyphonic singing traditions originating in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, where he has conducted research since 2003.
A dynamic teacher, John combines his choral directing experience with a strong love for Georgian music to create interactive and informative workshop learning environments. The joy of singing Georgian music is infectious in John’s well-paced workshops, as a centuries old singing tradition comes to sound.
- Two-day live-in workshop with master teacher Malkhaz Erkvanidze, 25 participants, New Canaan, NY, 2012
- Workshop on sacred and folk music hosted by the St. John Maxomovich Cathedral, San Francisco, November 2011
- Five-day masterclass on Georgian chants of the Divine Liturgy. Featured musical subject of the Fourth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, hosted by the Joensuu Theological Institute, Joensuu, Finland, 2011
- Two invited and sponsored lecture and concert events with the Mirkani Ensemble at the American Cathedral in Paris, France, March, 2010
- “Deep Structures in the Georgian Chant Melody,” hosted by the Wesleyan University Slavei Chorus, April 2009
- Three-day Georgian chant workshop hosted by Cappella Romana, Portland, 2009
- Workshop event focused on the performance practice aesthetic of Georgian folk music hosted by the Kitka Ensemble, San Francisco, 2009
- Five-day chant workshop for the monks and novices of the Alaverdi Monastery, Kakheti, Georgia, 2009
- Translated for multiple masterclasses with the Anchiskhati Church Choir while on tour in the United States, October-November, 2005