Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

2014 International Trombone Festival

June 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

At the beginning of the month, I attended the International Trombone Festival, which was in Rochester, NY this year. Actually, the Springfield Symphony trombone section was very well represented; Sarah Paradis, our second trombonist, was also there as part of Tromboteam! for its presentation. I had the opportunity to deliver my presentation on mouthpiece buzzing, but […]

So, what do you do?

May 27, 2014 at 8:56 pm

When meeting new people, one of the first questions that always comes up is, “so, what do you do?” For some of us, that’s a little bit of a complicated question. The reason the question is asked, of course, is to try and classify the new acquaintance: “I am a lawyer” or “I am a […]

Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony

May 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

The Springfield Symphony closed out its season this spring with Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony. Of course, this piece contains one of the most interesting orchestral excerpts for trombone in the literature. It is not high, fast, or loud — but in my opinion it is even more descriptive of a trombonist’s skills than the more typical excerpts. Saint-Saëns asks […]

The Metropolitan Opera audition process

April 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

While most audition processes are similar, I think it is the slight differences that give each audition — and each orchestra — its own personality and flavor. In major auditions like the Met’s, many of the candidates are good enough to do the job, and this individual character of the ensemble plays a large role […]