Having earned a degree in piano/music education from Pennsylvania's West Chester University in 1974, Todd Fair enrolled at the Netherlands Carillon School in the area where the carillon originated. In 1977 he was awarded the Final Diploma and in 1979 he won a competition and became the first non-Dutch carillonneur for the City of Amsterdam, which has employed carillonneurs to perform at the prestigious Old Church since 1537. In 1984 he joined the faculty of the Netherlands Carillon school and from 1987-1990 he taught at the Scandinavian Carillon School in Copenhagen. In 1980 Fair gained playing awards in France and The Netherlands and in 1988 he received the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon art. He has presented workshops and guest recitals in nearly all the countries having carillons, including Australia and Japan. During the 1998-99 academic year he served as acting carillonneur for the University of Michigan. During this period the new carillon position at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music was announced, to which Fair was appointed starting September 1, 1999.