As an active facilitator of cultural exchange, John has organized tours in the United States for several ensembles, notably:
John also leads private tours in Georgia, including the annual Monastery Tour. Itineraries include East Georgia, West Georgia, Armenia, and NE Turkey, with themes on viticulture, cuisine, culture, history, architecture, Orthodox art, and traditional folk and sacred music. For more information on current tours, please write with your inquiry.
John lectures regularly on topics relating to the history and revival of Georgian sacred music, and is writing a Ph.D. dissertation titled, Oral Polyphony: the Transcription and Transmission of Georgian Liturgical Chant.