Violist Detroit Symphony Orchestra

American violist Caroline Coade enjoys a remarkably multi-faceted career. She has been a member of the viola faculty at the University of Michigan since 2005, and in 2016 was appointed Assistant Professor of Viola. She has given master classes at premier institutions around the country, including the Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Colburn School. Coade’s students have won coveted spots at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, SMTD, New England Conservatory, and Yale University. Coade has twice been named a member of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition jury.

Concurrent with her teaching activities at University of Michigan, Coade is a long time member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and served as the assistant principal during the 2013-16 seasons. In addition to her position in Detroit, Coade has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Coade has performed chamber music around the country, including at the Frankly Music series, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. As violist with the Woodland Trio, she concertized around the U.S, Canada, and at the Printemps Musicale des Alizes of Morocco.

During the summer, Ms. Coade is a faculty member at Center Stage Strings. Previously, Coade served on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the National Music Festival.

A San Diego native, Coade graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to receive a bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory. Further studies included 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 plays on a Domenico Busan viola, circa 1750, on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.