Nancy L. Graham has been a practicing church musician and music educator for over 30 years. As organist/choir director she has served Protestant, Roman Catholic and Reformed Hebrew congregations. Her positions have been in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Alabama and Tennessee. Dr. Graham earned a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Foundation, completing all coursework at Oxford University through the GTF’s Foundation House/Oxford program. She also earned a Doctor of Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Currently, Dr. Graham resides in Memphis, Tennessee, and works with the International Baccalaureate program at Lausanne Collegiate School as an instructor of music and cultural anthropology.
Dr. Graham has researched the folk hymnody of the United States for 25 years. She recently addressed the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland at their international conferences in July 2015. She has published a worship guide entitled, African American Spirituals and the Lectionary, a very useful tool for worship planners. One hundred and fifty spirituals are set in concordance with the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary. Another volume tracing the roots of the spirituals will be available in Spring 2016, They Bear Acquaintance: African American Spirituals and Their Family Tree, published by Peter Lang Ltd of Oxford, England.