Vanessa Fralick, trombone

Vanessa Fralick joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Trombone in 2013. Prior to her current position, Ms. Fralick played three seasons as Acting Associate Principal Trombone of the St. Louis Symphony. She won her first orchestral position with the San Antonio Symphony in 2009, while pursuing her Master’s degree at The Juilliard School with Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Fralick completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Jeffrey Hall and Gordon Wolfe, and at McGill University with James Box. She has performed with major orchestras in Montreal, Malaysia, Utah, and Jacksonville, and with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras. She played two summers in the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and has attended the Tanglewood Music Center as well as the 2012 Alessi Trombone Seminar in Italy.

As a soloist, Vanessa Fralick has won first prize in several major competitions, including the 2012 Elora Festival Competition, 2011 OSM Standard Life Competition, and 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition, where she also performed as a guest artist at the International Women’s Brass Conference. In 2009, she won concerto competitions at Juilliard and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, winning the chance to perform the Grondahl Trombone Concerto in concert with both orchestras. Ms. Fralick is an alumna of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. She occasionally plays alongside her brass-playing parents in the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in her hometown of St. Catharines, ON.