Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Framing a question

January 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm

This past weekend, I played a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass. This was not a highly publicized event from one of the major ensembles in the city, but just a community event for people who loved music. It was bitterly cold out, but the hall was still full. The experience made me consider the problems […]

Wright State University Trombone Festival

January 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I’m excited to present a lecture on intonation at the¬†Wright State University Trombone Festival¬†this coming Monday. The festival will also feature the Eastman Brass Quintet. In addition to the keynote quintet performance in the evening, Doc Marcellus (Eastman’s venerable trombone professor) will present a masterclass in the afternoon. Admission is free, so if you’re within […]

A tale of two auditions

January 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

Doug Rosenthal was working on his degree at Northwestern when I was there working on my master’s. Since then, he has had incredible professional success and currently plays in the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. This is his story. A tale of two auditions

How long should I practice?

December 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

The question music students ask most often is probably “How long should I practice?” We’d all like to hear some definitive figure, as in “If you practice six hours a day you’ll be successful, guaranteed,” but it’s clear such a clean answer does not exist. One answer could be “practice until you’re tired.” But, sometimes […]