Henry and Patricia Nickol Chair
DSO member since 1996
Caroline Coade is the 3rd Chair Violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and was the Acting Assistant Principal Violist of the DSO for the 2013–2016 seasons. Prior to her appointment in 1996 with the DSO, Coade performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and held positions with Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia) and the opera companies of Philadelphia and Santa Fe.
Equally at home teaching as she is on the concert stage, Coade is a passionate educator who was named Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) in 2016. Her prizewinning students include the 2019 Sphinx Competition 3rd prize winner, 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. Previously, she was a Lecturer in Viola at SMTD since 2005 and was Adjunct Professor of Viola at Detroit’s Wayne State University from 1998–2015.
As a judge, Coade was one of nine international adjudicators for the Primrose International Viola Competition final rounds. In 2018, she was one of five judges for the prescreen round of the Primrose Competition. Continuing her advocacy for the arts and education, Coade spends her summers as artist faculty as summer music festivals. She has been artist faculty at Center Stage Strings/MPulse Institute at the University of Michigan for summers 2016–2019. She is artist faculty at the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute in South Carolina since the summer of 2018. In the summer of 2019, Coade joined the faculty of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in VT. Previous artist faculty roles include 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 Chestertown, MD (summers 2011–13).
Coade has given master classes at the Colburn Conservatory (CA), Oberlin Conservatory (OH), Boston University (MA), Longy School of Music (MA), Baylor University (TX), and Michigan State 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, 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, Coade curates the programs, does radio voice over work to advertise the series, and performs. As a chamber musician, Coade regularly plays 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 (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 US, 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.
Coade plays on a Domenico Busan viola c. 1750 on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.