Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Mock auditions

May 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

When preparing for auditions, the best possible exercise is playing mock auditions for other people. Do everything you can to mimic the situation you’ll find yourself in. Play in an unfamiliar room, set up a screen, and have someone else pick the order of the excerpts. Get ready for unpleasant environments by playing in a […]

From the other side of the screen

May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

While I talk about audition preparation from the candidate’s perspective here, Dave Bilger (principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra) is talking about the process from the committee’s side of the screen. I strongly recommend taking a minute to read his perspective.

Rossini

April 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

At most trombone auditions, one can expect to see excerpts from Rossini’s overture to La Gazza Ladra and/or William Tell. These excerpts consist of extended fast articulated passages and are a good indicator of a candidate’s technical ability. However, far too often, people who can play the fast runs well still are eliminated because of their performance on […]

Long tones

April 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

In my last post, I mentioned long tones as an example of the kind of thing that can benefit from practice with a drone. I did so with some amount of resignation: I’ve never liked long tones. They may be the most boring part of my practice. By definition long tones are slow to get […]