Benjamin Coy


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 […]

David’s Concertino

April 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Every instrument has its “calling card” solos that are asked on every audition. Violinists play the Tchaikovsky and the Sibelius. Trumpet players have the Haydn and the Hummel. Trombonists have the David and the Grondahl. Most trombone solo literature is relatively recent, due to the trombone’s historical role as an ensemble instrument. Grondahl’s Concerto, composed in […]