Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

A tale of two auditions

January 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

Doug Rosenthal was working on his degree at Northwestern when I was there working on my master’s. Since then, he has had incredible professional success and currently plays in the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. This is his story. A tale of two auditions

Grondahl

December 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • Grondahl: Concert (Mvt 1)
  • Grondahl: Concert (Mvt 2)
  • Grondahl: Concert (Mvt 3)
    Megan Rainey, piano

How long should I practice?

December 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

The question music students ask most often is probably “How long should I practice?” We’d all like to hear some definitive figure, as in “If you practice six hours a day you’ll be successful, guaranteed,” but it’s clear such a clean answer does not exist. One answer could be “practice until you’re tired.” But, sometimes […]

Preparing high schoolers for graduation

November 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

When I mentioned to a pre-collegiate student of mine that I played in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, she was a little confused. “I thought orchestra was for strings?” she asked. Another one of my students spent a summer at Interlochen Arts Camp and noted how few of the trombonists even auditioned for the orchestras rather […]