Benjamin Coy


Arts management

July 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I just tweeted NPR’s printing of Alan Fletcher‘s remarks at the opening of the 2013 Aspen Festival. I think there are some highly valuable points in there, and I want to add my own perspective on one in particular. “I fear many musicians undervalue the essential contributions that management, operations, marketing, finance, and education departments make, […]

Summer pops

June 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

As July 4 approaches, many of us have summer pops concerts to play. While enjoyable to play and hear, these concerts don’t usually offer much artistic satisfaction. They’re often outside with terrible acoustics and/or amplification, the weather ranges from unpredictable to inhospitable, and the repertoire is rarely inspiring. Given all that, I’d like to take […]

Summer Priorities

June 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Summer’s a slow time for most musicians. For those associated with a school (either as a student or a teacher), classes are usually out for a couple months. A random lesson or special event here or there may happen, but the schedule is much lighter. Symphony orchestras are also on hiatus, and even ensembles with […]

Morning practice

June 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I once heard a potentially apocryphal story about a musician who was asked to play a morning concert. His response was “Ten o’clock? I don’t even throw up before noon!” Whether or not this episode occurred, there’s certainly some truth to it. Musicians do not work a traditional 9-5 schedule. When I was on tour, […]