John Fairfield has been professor of horn and chamber music at Northern Illinois University since 1985. A native of New York State, he received his training as a student at Northwestern University (MM, 1977) and Ithaca College (BM, 1975). He serves as principal horn of the Chicago Sinfonietta (since 1987) and the Illinois Philharmonic (since 1990). He has performed, toured and recorded as an extra/substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Other groups John has performed with include the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Millar Brass Ensemble, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony and Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band. John is married to Laura, also a hornist, and they are the proud parents of Elizabeth.