Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

David’s Concertino

April 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Every instrument has its “calling card” solos that are asked on every audition. Violinists play the Tchaikovsky and the Sibelius. Trumpet players have the Haydn and the Hummel. Trombonists have the David and the Grondahl. Most trombone solo literature is relatively recent, due to the trombone’s historical role as an ensemble instrument. Grondahl’s Concerto, composed in […]

Practice log

March 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

I have previously written about the importance of building a plan and a schedule for your practice. Long-term structure in practice strategy is as important to large-scale progress as individual practice techniques are to small-scale improvement. However, we all know about the best laid plans. It would be naive to expect that every element of […]

Perspective

February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

Today, violinist and music advocate Holly Mulcahy posted a blog entry about happiness. She’s absolutely right, and everyone should take a few minutes right now to read it. Mulcahy focuses on the interpersonal ramifications: how your happiness (or lack thereof) affects other people, and vice versa. I’d like to emphasize her first point about goals. She […]

Hearing great music

February 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

This has been a week of great keyboard players in Columbus. Thursday night, I subbed with the Columbus Symphony playing Prokofiev’s third piano concerto with Lang Lang. Then, last night, I went to a local church to hear Michael Murrayplay a solo organ recital. Both men are internationally revered, and their performances this week were exhilarating. These […]