Dr. Benjamin Coy serves as the brass instructor at South Texas College in McAllen. In addition to teaching private lessons, Dr. Coy also directs the brass ensemble and teaches music theory. He has previously taught at Ohio State University and Roosevelt University.
As a trombonist, Dr. Coy has held positions in the Springfield Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. He has also performed with numerous other orchestras throughout the Midwest and shared the stage with notable musicians from Lang Lang to Carol Jantsch. He has also played for a wide variety of critically-acclaimed opera and theater productions, including eight months with the national tour of Hairspray. Dr. Coy maintains a diverse performance calendar including classic rock, jazz, and chamber music.
Dr. Coy is a regular clinician and has presented lectures at the International Trombone Festival as well as local events throughout Texas and the Midwest. His presentations focus on effective pedagogical and practice techniques, and they are designed to help developing musicians improve their return on investment in the practice room. The concepts Dr. Coy discusses are an elaboration on the topics he addresses on his website (tenorposaune.com), where he offers perspectives and strategies for collegiate and pre-collegiate musicians.
Dr. Coy earned his doctorate in trombone performance and pedagogy at The Ohio State University. He previously studied in Chicago, earning his master’s degree at Northwestern University and his bachelor’s at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. His primary teachers were Chicago Symphony musicians Jay Friedman and Michael Mulcahy.