Violist Caroline Coade is passionate about her teaching and helping her students achieve success and excellence both off and on the concert stage. In Fall 2023, Coade received a promotion to Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD). Her prize-winning students include 2019 and 2022 Sphinx Competition Sr. Division prize winners, a 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition semi-finalist, the top prizewinner of the Society of Musical Arts 2019 Young Artist Competition, and a finalist of the 2018 Anton Rubinstein International Viola Competition. In recent auditions, Professor Coade’s students have won positions in the Diversity Fellowship for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2020-2022 seasons), the African- American Fellowship with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) viola section (2023-2025 seasons), and 5 additional students won positions on the DSO viola sub list. In May 2022, Professor Coade received the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for SMTD Faculty for her contribution to DEI.
Equally at home performing on the concert stage as she is teaching, Coade is the 3rd chair violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and was the acting Assistant Principal violist of the DSO for 2013–16 seasons. Prior to her appointment with the DSO, Coade performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. She has also held positions with Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia) and the opera companies of Philadelphia and Santa Fe.
As a judge, Coade was one of nine international adjudicators for the live rounds of the Primrose International Viola Competition in 2014. In 2018, she was one of five judges for the prescreen round of the Primrose Competition. Continuing her advocacy for the arts and education, Professor Coade spends her summers as Artist Faculty at summer music festivals. She has been Artist Faculty at Center Stage Strings/MPulse Institute at the University of Michigan since Summer 2016. She is Artist Faculty at the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute in South Carolina since Summer 2018. Professor Coade joined the faculty of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont in Summer 2020. Previous Artist Faculty roles include the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy (Summers 2018 and 2019), the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival in New York (Summers 2012–15), the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine (Summers 2012–15), and at the National Music Festival in Maryland (Summers 2011–13). Professor Coade has given master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory (Ohio), San Francisco Conservatory, Colburn Conservatory, Boston University, Interlochen Arts Academy, Baylor University, and Texas Tech University. Her students have won coveted spots in the major music schools including The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, McGill University, and Yale University.
In 2016, Coade was named the Artistic Director for WRCJ 90.9FM Classical Brunch chamber music series at the Community House in Birmingham, MI. In this role, she curates the programs, does radio voice over work to advertise the series, and performs. She regularly plays chamber music with her colleagues at the Detroit Symphony and the University of Michigan, and with her colleagues at summer music festivals. Coade has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (Michigan), Laurel Festival of the Arts (Pennsylvania), and the Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont). 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 July 2020, Professor Coade was awarded the Crystal Microphone Award by WRCJ 90.9FM radio for outstanding contributions to and advocacy of the Classical music scene in Metro Detroit.
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 (Michigan) and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music 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, Jeffrey Irvine, Joyce Robbins, David Takeno, David Holland, and Eugene Becker.
BM, Oberlin Conservatory
Artist Diploma, The Curtis Institute of Music
MM, The Juilliard School