Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Literature

David’s Concertino

April 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Every instrument has its “calling card” solos that are asked on every audition. Violinists play the Tchaikovsky and the Sibelius. Trumpet players have the Haydn and the Hummel. Trombonists have the David and the Grondahl. Most trombone solo literature is relatively recent, due to the trombone’s historical role as an ensemble instrument. Grondahl’s Concerto, composed in […]

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 […]