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Viola Day will feature a high school and college-level masterclass, viola ensemble rehearsal, a career Q&A and a final recital performance for all participants. It is a FREE event and is open to violists or enthusiasts of ALL types! This year's guest is Ms. Caroline Coade, Assistant Principal of the Detroit Symphony and Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan. 

Who can attend?

  • High School violists 
  • Community violists
  • Viola alumni
  • String Teachers


Complete and submit your online registration below.

Schedule of Events (tentative)

​Monday, January 20


Tuma Lobby


​Viola Ensemble Rehearsal
Room 155

​   11:00-12:30

Masterclass with Ms. Coade
Staples Family Concert Hall


Lunch on your own


High School Masterclass witih Dr. Valoti
Chamichian Recital Hall


Viola Ensemble Rehearsal
Staples Family Concert Hall


​Final Recital
Staples Family Concert Hall



Alicia Valoti

Central Michigan University

A diverse artist in both viola and piano, Dr Alicia Marie Valoti brings energy to the international music scene through performance, education and research. She holds degrees from Rice University, McGill University, il Conservatorio di Firenze “Luigi Cherubini”, la Scuola APM di Saluzzo and Stony Brook University. Additionally, Dr. Valoti studied at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Indiana University and RNCM.


Ms. Valoti’s performances have been widely varied; as a pianist in Carnegie Hall, in orchestra in the Egyptian Teatro Gomhouria, as a viola recitalist in Florence, Italy, and assisting in a music rehabilitation program in an Alaskan prison, for example. She has showcased several world premieres (Drucker, Mesa, Luporini) and recordings (Colonna, Beamish). Dr. Valoti was the first prize winner in the David Dalton Competition of the American Viola Society, and played in the “Rising Stars” recital series of 2016. She has developed strong connections with Ecuador, where she teaches and performs regularly.


Her current research and performances have a focus on original 19th century Italian viola compositions prevailing from the Tuscan area. Dr. Valoti recently received the prestigious Provost Award for her work showcasing the virtuosic viola works of Ferdinando Giorgetti. She has presented her original material in Italy, Brazil, Portugal and the United States.


A committed educator, Dr. Valoti has held positions at Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Lone Star College, and Stony Brook University. She was a distinguished visiting professor at the Wuhan Conservatory and Lioacheng University (China) in 2010. Currently, Ms. Valoti is Assistant Professor of Viola at Central Michigan University.


Caroline Coade

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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.


Alicia Valoti, viola
Music Building Office