Dr. Fred Kimball Graham
A native of the Durham Region, Fred Graham has been Deer Park Professor of Church Music at Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto since 2001. During this time, his portfolio included the roles of Director of Chapel Worship, Director of Canada’s first Master of Sacred Music Program, and Basic Degree Director (Dean of Students). His experience encompasses both teaching and counselling. His prior experience was as Officer for Worship and Music at the headquarters of the United Church, where he was intensely involved in preparation of two major liturgical resources: Voices United (1996) and Celebrate God’s Presence (2000). While introducing these resources to congregations, he conducted workshops monthly for 14 years from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island.
Fred holds the Bachelor of Music (Music Education) (Toronto), a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature (Eastman); and the PhD in Liturgical Studies from Drew University, Madison, NJ. His doctoral thesis related to Methodist hymns of the 19th century (1822-1876).
For a decade, Fred was Music Director at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, NS. As well as performing academic duties, Fred has always maintained his presence in parish ministry, including several church positions in the Greater Toronto Area. He is currently in a two-year interim contract as Minister of Music at Eglinton-St George’s United Church, North Toronto. In 2011, he was honoured by the United Church of Canada when he was awarded the Davidson Trust prize for excellence in theological teaching.
In 2012, composer and retiring SICM board-member, Anne Mizen-Baker, graciously consented to dedicate her anthem, There is No Rose of Such Virtue, to Dr. Graham on the occasion of his retirement from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, and in support of the work of the Summer Institute of Church Music. The anthem was sung by the SICM chorale as part of SICM 2012’s Gala Organ and Choral concert, during which Dr. Graham was recognized publically, and was published in the summer of 2012 by Kelman Hall. At the Annual General Meeting of the SICM on July 5th, 2012, Dr. Graham was made officially SICM’s first Fellow (F.SICM).