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Caroline Coade

Assistant Professor of Music - clinical
Office: 2014 Moore

BM - Oberlin Conservatory
Artist Diploma - Curtis Institute of Music
MM - The Juilliard School

American violist Caroline Coade joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in September 1996, and served as the acting assistant principal violist for the 2013-16 seasons. She is currently the 3rd chair violist with the DSO. In addition to her position in Detroit, Coade has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. She has held positions with Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia) and the opera companies of Philadelphia and Santa Fe.

Concurrent with her DSO activities, Coade is in great demand as an educator. In September 2005, she was appointed to the viola faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as a lecturer of music. In 2016, she was named assistant professor of viola at SMTD. Additionally, Coade was an adjunct professor of viola at Detroit's Wayne State University from 1998-2015. She has given master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory (OH), Boston University (MA), Longy School of Music (MA), Baylor University (TX), and Colburn Conservatory (CA). Coade's students have won coveted spots in the major music schools of The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, SMTD, New England Conservatory, and Yale University.

A San Diego native, Coade began taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 and switched to the viola at age 14. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (MI) and went on to receive a bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, an artist diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, and a master of music degree from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Karen Tuttle, Joyce Robbins, Jeffrey Irvine, David Takeno, David Holland, and Eugene Becker.

As a chamber musician, Coade has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (MI), Laurel Festival of the Arts (PA), and the Marlboro Music Festival (VT). As violist with the Woodland Trio (flute, viola, harp), she concertized around the U.S, Canada, and at the Printemps Musicale des Alizes of Morocco. In 2016, Coade was named the artistic director for WRCJ 90.9FM's Classical Brunch chamber music series at the Community House in Birmingham, MI.

Ms. Coade was guest artist for one week at Center Stage Strings in Three Rivers, CA for summer 2015 and joined the full-time artist/faculty of Center Stage Strings MPulse Institute at its new home at the University of Michigan for summers 2016 and 2017. She continues her position as fulltime artist/faculty at CSS for summer 2018.

Previously, Coade was artist faculty at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival in New York (summers 2012-15) and at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine (summers 2012-15). Ms. Coade spent three summers as artist faculty at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD (summers 2011-13).

In June 2014, Coade was one of nine international judges for the Primrose International Viola Competition (PIVC), and will join the Primrose judges again as a Preliminary Round Judge for the 2018 PIVC.

Ms. Coade plays on a Domenico Busan viola c. 1750 on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.

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