ESG welcomed Fred Graham in September 2011 and since then he has been our Supply Music Director. Fred has agreed to continue his leadership among us throughout 2013, into the new season. He has been a wonderful addition to the ESG staff and he has successfully continued our excellent music program here at ESG.
Fred has been a friend of ESG for over 20 years during which time he was Deer Park Assistant Professor of Church Music at Emmanuel College, a post he relinquished one year ago.
Playing hymns for church school at the age of 10 in his home town of Newcastle, ON marked the beginning of a career in church music that grew during studies at the University of Toronto (MusBac), matured during post-graduate work in Berlin, Germany; became seriously concert-oriented during studies at the Eastman School of Music, (MM) and led to a doctorate in Liturgical Theology (PhD) with an emphasis on hymnody at Drew University Graduate School (1991).
Dr Graham has directed major church music programs in Ottawa, Halifax, and Toronto, and has performed recitals in those three cities, as well as in USA, England, and Germany. As an administrator, he acted as Worship and Music Officer for the General Council of the United Church (1988-2002) and was closely associated with the production of both Voices United and Celebrate God’s Presence. From time to time he has assisted congregations in southern Ontario with interim music leadership, including (then) St. George’s United, Islington United, as well as Dublin Street United in Guelph.
In 2001 he was appointed (part-time) to the faculty of Emmanuel College, and acted in succession as professor of Church Music, Basic Degree Director, Dean of Chapel, and after taking up a full-time appointment, director of Canada’s first Master of Sacred Music graduate program. He was recently honoured by The United Church of Canada in being awarded the prestigious Davidson Trust Award for excellence in theological teaching. As well as enjoying his two adult children and two grandchildren, Fred rejoices in the new life made available by an Organ Transplant (liver) in 2007.
- Associate Professor Emeritus, Emmanuel College,
Victoria University in the University of Toronto
- Founding Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program
- Mus.Bac., University of Toronto, 1967
- M.M., Eastman School of Music & Art, Rochester, NY, 1981
- M.Phil., (1988) Ph.D., (1991) Drew University Graduate School, Madison, NJ.
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