Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

First chair

October 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

This season, I’m playing both a principal and a second position, so I feel like I have a rare opportunity to speak about the relationship between the two roles without any implied preference or baggage. In educational ensembles, there is often an emphasis on winning “first chair,” and students are then ranked from top to […]

Buckaroo Holiday

October 3, 2014 at 12:38 am

The summer before my sophomore year of high school, I attended Interlochen Arts Academy and played in the High School Concert Orchestra — second in quality to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. About halfway through the summer, I had the opportunity to challenge into the top group, and the piece we played for that audition […]

Vern

September 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Today we mourn the loss of Vern Kagarice. Our industry, and society at large, is built upon kindness and trust. No one achieves anything without being given a chance by someone else; and Vern was one of the first people to give me such a chance. When I was still a brash undergraduate kid, he […]

Audition postmortem

August 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

When I was in college, I spent embarrassing amounts of time and money taking auditions. I didn’t even hesitate purchasing plane tickets and hotels all over the country to go play my three minutes of excerpts for the panels. In hindsight, I should have saved my money. Not because I didn’t win those auditions — […]