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March 26, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



 Flute teacher is recognized by students and peers for Excellence in Teaching

WINSTON-SALEM – Tadeu Coelho, associate professor of music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is the recipient of a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The awards were announced today. Coelho has taught flute at UNCSA since 2002.

The UNC Board of Governors annually honors one faculty member from each of the system’s 17 campuses. Recipients receive an engraved bronze medallion, a stipend of $12,500, and are honored at their campus commencement ceremonies.

“Teaching is the most important thing we do,” said Interim Chancellor James Moeser. “This is the University’s highest honor for doing it very well. Tadeu Coelho can take great pride in having won this prestigious honor, just as we take great pride in having him as a colleague.”

Moeser added that while the honor is bestowed by the Board of Governors, it originated with students and colleagues. “Nothing can be more meaningful for an educator,” he said.


Tadeu Coelho

Since 1994, the Board of Governors has solicited nominations from each campus for the system-wide awards. At UNCSA, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations for the UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Awards. Five or six faculty members are honored with campus awards, and one of them is forwarded to the Board of Governors.

This year’s recipients of the campus awards were announced last month. In addition to Coelho, they are Allison Gagnon from the School of Music, Caroline Kava from the School of Drama, Susan McCullough from the School of Dance, Nola Schiff from the School of Filmmaking, and Beth Thompson from the High School Academic Program.

Music Dean Wade Weast said Coelho is highly regarded in the School of Music for infectious enthusiasm and the ability to model and inspire excellence. “He motivates his students and his colleagues to attain the highest standards. With his passion and his expertise, he models for all of us what it means to be an artist.”

About Tadeu Coelho

Brazilian-born artist/flutist Tadeu Coelho joined the University North Carolina School of the Arts in 2002.

He has taught at the University of Iowa and at the University of New Mexico as well as a visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich Music Academy in Croatia.

Mr. Coelho frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician, and master clinician throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist of the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, among others, including guest appearances with the Boston Symphony in the summer of 1996.

A recipient of USIA/Fulbright, LASPAU, and CAPES scholarships, Tadeu Coelho received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Julius Baker and Ransom Wilson. Started on the flute by his father, Tadeu Coelho also studied with Thomas Nyfenger, Keith Underwood, Andrew Lolya, and Arthur Ephross. In Brazil, Mr. Coelho studied with Spartacco Rossi, João Dias Carrasqueira, and Jean Noel Sagaard.

Mr. Coelho gave his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in April of 1992.

Tadeu Coelho is an avid proponent of new music. He has commissioned, performed and recorded works by Steven Block, João Dias Carrasqueira, Margaret Cornils, Lawrence Dillon, Mark Engebretson, Lawrence Fritts, Eduardo Gamboa, David McHugh, Joaquin Gutierrez-Heras, Richard Hermann, Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Amaral Vieira, and Michael Weinstein.

Mr. Coelho can be heard in several solo recordings. Most recently, he released his CD with Quarteto Vivace Brasil Live From New Orleans. His solo CDs include Azules - Enchanting Music for the Soul for Flute and Harp with Karen Thielen; Nocturnes with Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi; Modernly Classic; 18th Century Flute Sonatas, both with UNCSA colleague Eric Larsen; Flute Music from Brazil; ¡Rompe! - Mexican Chamber Music for Flute, and Life-Drawing -Works for Solo Flute. He can also be heard performing works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics and Villa-Lobos on Albany Records with his brother, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho.

Tadeu Coelho has published the complete works of Pattápio Silva and other pieces for solo flute as well as collections of daily exercises with accompanying CDs. Dr. Coelho’s CDs and other published works are available at CD Baby, Flute World, and Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co.

Mr. Coelho is highly involved in the regional and national flute societies. He is a life member of the National Flute Association and the Raleigh Area Flute Association. In 2013 he was the program chair of the National Flute Association convention in New Orleans. He has been guest artist at flute conventions and festivals around the world, including the Spanish Flute Conference in Barcelona, The Australian Flute Society in Coffs Harbour, Bogotá, Colombia; Flute Festival, Festival Internacional Juñio Musical, Xalapa, Mexico; Universidade Livre de Música, São Paulo, Brazil; Belgrade Flute Festival, Montenegro/Serbia; and at the Jean-Louis Beaumardier Flute Festival, Marceille, France, among others.

Tadeu Coelho is a Miyazawa artist. For more information on Dr. Coelho, please visit his official web site at http://www.tadeucoelho.com.


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.