Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Auditions

Audition postmortem

August 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

When I was in college, I spent embarrassing amounts of time and money taking auditions. I didn’t even hesitate purchasing plane tickets and hotels all over the country to go play my three minutes of excerpts for the panels. In hindsight, I should have saved my money. Not because I didn’t win those auditions — […]

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 […]

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