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Caroline Coade


DSO member since 1996

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. In addition to her position in Detroit, Caroline 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, Caroline is in great demand as an educator. In September 2005, she was appointed to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance viola faculty as a Lecturer of Music. She has just been named Assistant Professor of Viola at U-M. Additionally, Caroline was an Adjunct Professor of Viola at Detroit's Wayne State University from 1998-2015. Caroline has given master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory (OH), Boston University (MA), Longy School of Music (MA), Baylor University (TX), and Colburn Conservatory (CA). Her 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, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, and Yale University.

An active chamber musician, Caroline 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. Additionally, Caroline has just been named Co-Artistic Director for WRCJ 90.9 FM Classical Brunch concert series at the Community House in Birmingham, MI.

A San Diego native, Caroline 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.

Caroline was guest artist for one week at Center Stage Strings (CSS) in Three Rivers, CA for summer 2015 and joined the full-time faculty of CSS at its new home at the University of Michigan for Summer 2016. Previously, Caroline 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). Caroline spent three summers as artist faculty at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD (summers 2011-13).

In June 2014, Caroline was one of nine international judges for the Primrose International Viola Competition.

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