Benjamin Coy


12 recordings of Christmas

December 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

There’s a lot of really fantastic content available online. Sometimes I spend hours just following links, unearthing amazing recordings that I had no idea existed. In an effort to help us share our discoveries, I have devised a little game. For each of the 12 days of Christmas, choose a striking YouTube recording of the appropriate number […]

Tackling “the difficult stuff”

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

Let’s face it: playing an instrument is really, really difficult. Even the “basics” that most people cover in their first year or so are a substantial challenge. Think about it: you have to master a new set of physical skills, including precise control of muscles you might not have even known were voluntary. You have to become […]

Distributed responsibilities

October 22, 2016 at 1:14 am

In my position at South Texas College, I conduct the large Symphonic Band, a medium-sized group called the Chamber Winds, and the small Brass Ensemble. I had done some conducting before, but never as such a large part of my daily activities. Prior to my appointment at the college, I was primarily a performer, with teaching a […]