Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

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 […]

Practice log

March 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

I have previously written about the importance of building a plan and a schedule for your practice. Long-term structure in practice strategy is as important to large-scale progress as individual practice techniques are to small-scale improvement. However, we all know about the best laid plans. It would be naive to expect that every element of […]