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Musicians' Anniversary Luncheon

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Musicians' Anniversary Luncheon

Friday, May 20, 2022—1:00pm

Friday, May 20, 2022—1:00pm
The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube
2 hours

The Musicians’ Anniversary Luncheon honors and celebrates individual musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra each year for their continued dedication and service.

Following the 10:45 am concert in Orchestra Hall, featuring Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G., please join us for a delightful lunch in recognition of this year’s honorees:

- Marcus Schoon, Bassoon and Contrabassoon
- Laura Soto, Violin
- Hai-Xin Wu, Assistant Concertmaster
- Marian Tanau, Violin
- Caroline Coade, Viola

Generously supported by Judy and Stanley Frankel

Tickets are $75 (FMV $45) per person.

Please consider sponsoring a musician at $75 or sponsoring the luncheon at $2,500 (seating for 4 and program recognition).

For more information, please contact Amanda Lindstrom at or (313) 576-5118.

This Year's Honorees

Marcus Schoon

Bassoon and Contrabassoon

Born in Los Angeles, Marcus Schoon began studying piano at the age of 9 and saxophone at 12. His introduction to bassoon began when his high school concert band lost their only bassoonist to graduation. He quickly volunteered to play bassoon and was soon involved in high school honor bands and orchestras throughout southern California.

Marcus graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance, studying with noted professor Norman Herzberg. Marcus went on to receive his Master of Music degree as a woodwind specialist at the Eastman School of Music. During his stay at Eastman, he received the Performers Certificate in bassoon, and was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1984, Marcus became Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Ballet. He later added the positions of Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Second Bassoon of the Cleveland Opera and Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and Chairman of the woodwind department of the Cleveland Music School Settlement. He also played extra with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony. While in Cleveland, Marcus studied bassoon and contrabassoon with the Cleveland Orchestra bassoon section—notably with David McGill, Principal Bassoon, and contrabassoonist Stan Maret. Marcus became contrabassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 1992.

Marcus also frequently plays the saxophone in the orchestra. Classical and pops concerts have often featured his abilities in saxophone, jazz and woodwinds. Marcus has studied jazz with Joe Farrell and Chris Collins. A member of the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Marcus teaches contrabassoon at Wayne State University. Marcus also teaches a Woodwind Techniques class and is Professor of Bassoon at Oakland University. In his spare time, he operates a martial school in Madison Heights ( and is an avid golfer.

Laura Soto

First Violin

Laura Soto was born on February 1, 1970 in Plymouth, Michigan. She began to play the violin at age five. She continued her studies throughout college and earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees at the University of Michigan.

Before joining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Laura was a member of the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago and the Columbus Symphony in Ohio. She joined the DSO in 1995 as Assistant Concertmaster and held that position for 16 years. Aside from her professional career, Laura enjoys traveling with her husband. She enjoys cooking, wine tasting, viewing movies from her extensive film collection, and reading memoirs.

Hai-Xin Wu

Acting Associate Concertmaster

Violinist Hai-Xin Wu joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra violin section in July 1995 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the DSO in June 2004. He previously performed throughout the United States, Europe and his native China.

At the age of 12, Hai-Xin was selected as the violin soloist of the Chinese Young Artists’ group to tour the former Yugoslavia. In May 1995, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City, performing the Paganini Violin Concerto with the New York Concert Senior Orchestra. Hai-Xin was also featured as soloist with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for its 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra on its recording and Midwest tour; and with Bergen Philharmonic (New Jersey), among others.

Hai-Xin has won competitions including the Waldo Mayo Violin Competition, the Friends of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Competition and the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition. He also won a special prize in the 2002 Lipizer International Competition. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Ariana Bronne.

In addition to performing with the DSO, Hai-Xin often plays with various chamber groups, such as the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Cuttime Players. From 1998-2001, he was a member of the Sonnet String Quartet as quartet-in-residence at Oakland University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Wayne State University Music Department and a violin and chamber music coach with the Detroit Civic Orchestra.

Marian Tanau

Second Violin

Romanian-born violinist Marian Tănău first picked up the violin at the age of 4 and began his musical education in his hometown of Timisoara, Romania. He graduated from Liceul de Muzica "Ion Vidu" where he studied violin with Maria Cleşiu. He then left for the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca and the Conservatorul de Muzica "G. Dima," where he earned an Artists Diploma. In the United States, he earned a graduate degree from Bowling Green State University. Marian joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1995.

Marian has appeared as a soloist with Romanian orchestras as well as with the Chautauqua Symphony and Bowling Green Philarmonia in the United States. He is an active chamber musician. Some of his recent projects are the recording of Paul Paray violin sonata, and string quartet for Grotto Productions Co. Critics in the prestigious Strad, Gramophone and Fanfare magazines praised his recording of the violin sonata. Marian is the organizer of the American Romanian Music Festival that took place with great success in Romania and the United States in March and April of 2005. Marian resides in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.

Caroline Coade


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, Caroline 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, Caroline 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, Caroline 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, Caroline 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 Summer 2018. For Summer 2019, Caroline will join 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).

Caroline 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, Caroline was named the Artistic Director for WRCJ 90.9FM Classical Brunch chamber music series at the Community House in Birmingham, MI. In this role, Caroline 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. 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.

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



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