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John Macfarlane, Violin

Assistant Principal Second

John Macfarlane is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, IRIS Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestras, and served as first violinist of the Eykamp String Quartet. He has served as Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony. He also performs with Rembrandt Chamber Players, Music of the Baroque, Rush Hour Concerts, and Strings Music Festival.


 He holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the University of Maryland. John lives in Chicago with his wife, violinist Karyn Macfarlane and their three children.