Fred Kimball Graham

 Fred Kimball Graham
AddressVictoria University, in the University of Toronto
73 Queens Party Crescent
Toronto, ON

Assistant Professor of Church Music, Emmanuel College of Victoria University

Mus.Bac.Ed., University of Toronto,
M.M., Eastman School of Music,
M.Phil., Drew University, 1985
Ph.D., Drew University,

Fred Kimball Graham has been Assistant Professor of Church Music (part-time) since 2001, and Basic Degree Director at Emmanuel College since 2003. He arrived at the College after completing 14 exceptional years as Music and Liturgy Officer at the General Council offices of The United Church of Canada. During his tenure there, the denomination renewed its song resources through publication of Voices United (1996) and its prayer resources through publication of Celebrate God’s Presence, both of which involved the worship office in intense ways.

He completed the Bachelor of Music (Education) at the University of Toronto, and upon graduation in 1967 received the William Fairclough award, for studies in church music and conducting in Germany for three years. He taught choral and instrumental music in elementary and high schools in Ottawa, ON and Saint John, NB before taking up new duties as music director of the Anglican cathedral in Halifax, NS, as well as adjunct duties at the Atlantic School of Theology (church music, worship coordination) and Dalhousie University (professor of Organ Performance.) During this time he also completed a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY in 1981.

He was accepted on a full-tuition scholarship in the Liturgical Studies program at Drew University, Madison, NJ in 1985, and completed the Master of Philosophy level in 1985, under the tutelage of the late Bard Thompson, Horton Davies, and Charles Rice. The thesis writing segment, supervised by Robin Leaver, involved researching Methodist hymnbooks of the 19th century in east-coast USA. The thesis is now published by Scarecrow Press as With One Heart and One voice: A Core Repertory of Hymn Tunes Published for the Use in the Methodist Episcopal Church USA 1808-1878.

He has always maintained an active role in parish music ministry, serving since 1985 in several United Church congregations in the Toronto area for periods of six months to six years. As a travelling clinician in the areas of worship and music, Graham is well known from coast to coast in Canada’s United Church communities. He contributed the hymn tune LIFE RESTORED to the Voices United collection, an arrangement to the Anglican Common Praise (1998), and two new tunes in 2006 to More Voices (supplement to Voices United) named NEW IDENTITY, and EMMANUEL COLLEGE.

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