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Tenor JR Fralick has enjoyed great success in opera, orchestral works, recitals, and recently, cabaret. He performed operatic roles with regional companies in the United States as well as Italy and recorded Barber’s A Hand of Bridge with the Moscow Philharmonic in Russia. He has been a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, and has sung Handel’s Messiah more than 70 times throughout the U.S. and most recently in South Africa.
Dr. Fralick is been a popular recital artist at many universities, churches, and arts organizations, and the exclusive Franz Schubert Institut in Austria; in 2016 he made his U.K. and South Africa recital débuts. While the music of Benjamin Britten and Russian songs and arias are his specialties, he has developed a passion for cabaret and other popular styles and has been the featured singer in theater and dance programs at Cleveland Fusion-Fest, Cleveland Public Theatre, and in the Cleveland Playhouse’s Cabaret Samplers. He is a regular guest artist with the Austin-based “Classical Band” REVEL and has sung Britten’s 5 Canticles in recital many times with Todd Wilson and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
JR Fralick studied music education at Friends University, music history at Kansas State University, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at The Ohio State University, and earned Vocology Certification at the National Center for Voice.
He currently teaches voice and coordinates the newly developed Vocal Pedagogy Emphasis at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Fralick has also taught at Millikin University in Illinois and at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. He is an active member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), PAVA (Pan American Vocology Association) and has served on the Board of Cleveland’s Art Song Festival. He regularly gives master class and workshops on singing, vocal pedagogy, and Russian music. Dr. Fralick loves food and travel, having eaten in 27 different countries. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio, with his partner Jeremy Rettger and their two adorable miniature dachshunds, Feronia and Minerva.