Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Auditions

Tapering

May 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

The audition I’m preparing for is about a week away, which means it’s time for me to taper my¬†practice schedule. A good practice schedule includes periods of hard physical effort that leave you mentally and physically drained. But, because you want to go into the audition fresh and strong, you need to include some amount […]

Good enough

May 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

How good is good enough? I think the simple fact that I’m asking the question implies the answer that there is no such thing. But, I’d like to give some anecdotal evidence why not. Full-time positions are rare enough that the competition is always very stiff simply for economic reasons. There are only so many […]

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.