American violist Caroline Coade joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 1996, and is currently serving as the Acting Assistant Principal Violist for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. In addition to her position in Detroit, Ms. 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, Ms. Coade is in great demand as an educator. She was appointed to the University of Michigan School of Music viola faculty as a Lecturer of Music in September 2005. Additionally, she has been an Adjunct Professor of Viola at Detroit’s Wayne State University since 1998. Ms. Coade has given Master Classes at the University of Michigan, Hillsdale College (MI), Oberlin Conservatory (OH), and Boston University (MA). Future teaching engagements include Master Classes in 2014 at Florida International University (FL) , Longy School of Music (MA), and Baylor University (TX). Ms. Coade’s students have won coveted spots in the major music schools of Juilliard, Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, and Yale University.
An active chamber musician, Ms. 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.
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.
Ms. Coade is a member of the Artist Faculty at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival (Summers 2012, 2013, and 2014) and at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine (Summers 2012, 2013, and 2014). She spent three summers as Artist Faculty at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD (Summers 2011, 2012, and 2013).
In June 2014, Ms. Coade will be one of nine judges for the Primrose International Viola Competition.