Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Recital Preparation

March 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

A solo recital is one of the most important activities in a musician’s schedule. It is one of the only places one can express his or her own artistic vision rather than being told what to play by a director or teacher. However, I think it can be difficult sometimes to even know where to begin […]

Freeway Philharmonic

March 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Many musicians travel a lot for work. Like any job requirement, this comes more naturally to some people than others. I personally struggle with it, so I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned so far. With few exceptions, remember it’s a business trip, not a vacation. If you do nothing but play your required […]

Waiting for a call

February 2, 2015 at 11:53 am

Musicians (especially freelance musicians) spend a lot of time waiting for the phone to ring. Which raises the question: who are we expecting to call? Random calls are vanishingly rare; gigs nearly always come through pre-existing relationships. So rather than simply staring at the quiet phone, it makes sense to invest in the kinds of relationships […]

9 Symphonies

January 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Here’s an interesting game: pick your nine favorite symphonies without repeating a composer, and with each symphony sequentially numbered in a conventional sense. Prokofiev 1: Elegantly constructed. As close to Bach as I can get in this list, since he didn’t write conventionally numbered symphonies Brahms 2: Efficient motivic development makes this (and Brahms’s other […]