Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Literature

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]