About John Fair

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A native of Greenville, South Carolina John began music studies at age 4 with his Aunt Virginia, a gifted pianist who had patience to deal with an energetic child who was not sure whether he preferred piano over his clarinet. Aunt Virginia won out. Though interested in and proficient in both, the piano was the primary interest until age 12 when the organist at their church left and his mom stepped to the fore and said "Johnny can do it!" His career as an organist was born.

The rest is history. In addition to normal 12 year old interests, John was taking private piano, organ and clarinet lessons. Marching and concert bands were added to the regime a year or two later.

Beginning in high school, Bach became more than a hero. He became an obsession; and John was deeply committed to learning and being able to perform the complete organ works of J.S. Bach. This was a goal that was not fully realized; but the music of J.S. Bach remain's his favorite.

Repertory today includes many of Bach's works but includes music from all periods, including much of the organ works of contemporaries like Langlais, Rutter and Locklair.


Dr. Nelson Adams
Mr. William (Bill) MacGowan
Mr. George Faxon
Mr. Jean Langlais
Numerous master classes with some of the finest organists in the world
Music Education

Brevard College
New England Conservatory of Music
Other Music
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John is the keyboardist for the North Carolina Chamber Orchestra, the first new professional chamber orchestra in North Carolina for a number of years.

Conducted by Maestro Paul Manz, the group performed its premier concerts during spring of 2018 and has an active performance schedule through 2018 and 2019.

John has been fortunate to have been invited to play some of the most famous organs in the United States and in parts of Europe. The following list represents but a few of the organs he has been invited to play..

Hazel Wright Organ (Crystal Cathedral - Orange Grove, CA)
Mormon Tabernacle (Salt Lake City, UT)
Mormon Tabernacle Meeting House (Salt Lake City, UT)
National Cathedral (Washington, DC)
First Church of Christ Scientists (Boston, MA)
Trinity Church (Boston, MA)
Congregational Church (Worchester, MA)
Congregational Church (Danvers, MA)
Calvary Church (Charlotte, NC)
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian (New York, NY)
First Presbyterian (Greenville, SC)
First Presbyterian Church (Danville, VA)
First Presbyterian Church (Davidson, NC)
Market Street UMC (Greensboro, NC)
Reynolda Presbyterian (Winston-Salem, NC)
Salem College (Winston-Salem, NC)
Toledo Cathedral (Toledo, Spain)

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