Principal Trombone Chair supported by Vanessa Fralick
Steve Fralick began playing the trombone at his high school in Orillia, ON. Throughout his high school years, he studied with Frank Harmantas, of the Toronto Symphony, and performed regularly with the Huronia Symphony in Barrie, ON. He continued his musical training at the University of Toronto, where he studied with Gord Sweeney and Frank Harmantas, and was a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Steve enjoyed a summer at the prestigious Banff School of Fine Arts where, as a member of the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, he trained with members of the Canadian Brass. In 1981, he moved to St. Catharines to become the instrumental music teacher at the St. Catharines Collegiate. Over his 34 year teaching career, he had the privilege of coaching many fine young musicians including two of his own daughters. Steve has been the Principal Trombone for the Niagara Symphony since 1983 and performs chamber music as part of a brass quintet with his horn-playing wife, Janice. He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony and the Canadian Opera Company. Close proximity to Niagara Falls and the Casino, has provided him with opportunities to perform with the World Rock Symphony Orchestra, the Four Tenors, and even Regis Lee. In collaboration with Ross Stretton, Steve has organized, and performed with, the Civic Brass Ensemble for the annual Civic Carol Sing for the last 25 years, and has been a long-standing member of the “Canzona Brass”. He has been the Trombone instructor at Brock University since 1984, and also has a private studio where he coaches brass players who plan to pursue music performance as a career. The highlight of his musical career occurs when one of his children returns home to perform along side him with the Niagara Symphony, either Vanessa on trombone, or Jocelyn as a soprano.