Dr. Fred Kimball Graham

Sessional Instructor

Contact Me

Phone: 416-388-9996
Email: CANTORG@rogers.com

Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS  B3H 3B5

Within public worship, “fittingness” is highly relevant. It can be a platform for the planning team; it can help people at worship connect the dots; it provides many points of contact for both regular and occasional worshipers; it invites faith development coincidentally with honouring the Triune God.

B.Mus. (University of Toronto)
M.Mus. (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY)
M.Phil. (Drew University)
Ph.D. (Drew University)
ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto)
FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists)

Other appointments

Associate Professor Emeritus, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Research interests

  • Liturgical renewal
  • Enlivening the Song of the Church

Education and Diplomas

  • B.Mus. (University of Toronto)
  • M.Mus. (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY)
  • M.Phil. (Drew University)
  • Ph.D. (Drew University)
  • ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto)
  • FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists)

Courses taught

  • Songs of the Church
  • Worship and the Arts
  • “Celebrate God’s Presence”: Planning United Church Worship
  • The Revised Common Lectionary

Current project

Lay leadership in United Church congregations

Representative publications

  • Editor, The Revised Common Lectionary, Authorized and Twentieth Anniversary Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012.    
  • Supervising Editor, Celebrate God’s Presence. Toronto: UCPH, 2000.
  • Associate Editor, Voices United. Toronto: UCPH, 1996.
  • With One Heart and One Voice: a core repertory of hymn tunes for the Methodist Episcopal Church (USA) 1808-1876. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.
  • Hymn tunes in print: LIFE RESTORED, 1995 (Voices United; Glory to God.) NEW IDENTITY; EMMANUEL (2007) (More Voices.) HARDY (2015) (unpublished.)

Previous positions

  • 1978-1985  Music director and organist, All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, Halifax
  • 1988-2002  Officer for Worship and Music, United Church General Council, Toronto
  • 2001-2012  Academic Dean, Director of Chapel, and Professor of Church Music, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Professional affiliations/activities

  • Licensed Lay Worship Leader, Toronto Conference of The United Church of Canada
  • Member, North American Academy of Liturgy
  • Member, Societas Liturgica
  • Member, Royal Canadian College of Organists


German language; travel; wine making

Brief c.v.

A native of the Durham Region east of Toronto, Fred Graham is Associate Professor Emeritus of Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto. His prior experience was as Officer for Worship and Music at the headquarters of the United Church, where he guided preparations for both 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’s served two terms as convener of the Consultation on Common Texts.

His church music career took him to St. Mark’s Church (Anglican) in Ottawa, the Cathedral Church of All Saints (Halifax), and various United Churches in Guelph and Toronto over a span of 50 years. After retiring from the University of Toronto, he undertook Interim Ministries at Eglinton St. George’s United, North Toronto; Christ Church, Deer Park (Anglican); and St. Clement’s, Eglinton (Anglican.) Recent honours include the Davidson Trust prize from The United Church of Canada in 2011 for excellence in theological teaching, and the Fellowship of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (FHS) for distinguished leadership in congregational song.

His published hymn tunes and arrangements appear in Voices United, Common Praise, (Anglican) and Glory to God (PCUSA). He preaches regularly in the Toronto area.

Fred currently resides in Guelph, Ontario.