Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Undergraduate priorities

November 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

One of the hardest things about starting an undergraduate degree is not knowing what’s important. I remember feeling very out of my element, without even the base knowledge required to ask the right questions. Like most freshmen, I got some things right, made some mistakes, and learned as I went. To some degree, this exploration […]

Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony

October 10, 2013 at 12:20 am

When I started my undergraduate degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, I didn’t know much about music, and less about being a music major. I was a very stereotypical clueless freshman. However, I did know that Symphony Center was three blocks away, and my teacher played there with the Chicago Symphony. I figured […]

Day jobs

October 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

For the past month or so, I have been very busy with nonmusical activities. I am not yet fortunate enough to make my entire living as a trombonist, so I take additional jobs as necessary to support my family. My situation is not uncommon, but I think it’s a part of the industry that we […]

Chamber music

September 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Some of my friends and I recently formed a quartet and have begun rehearsing regularly. I am under no illusions about the profit margin on trombone quartet performances. Rich and famous are unlikely. However, we’ve all noticed that chamber music is underrepresented in our performance experience, and it’s important to us to exercise that aspect […]