Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Mahler 2

April 26, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Last week, I performed Mahler’s 2nd symphony with the Springfield Symphony. Honestly, I’m still trying to work through all the thoughts and emotions stemming from that experience, but I’ve gotten to the point that I think I can write about it. Approaching a Mahler symphony is a serious endeavor, even as a back row player […]

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 […]