Caroline Mallonee (b. 1975) is a composer and performer based in New York State. Mallonée’s music has been programmed at venues in New York including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Tenri Cultural Center, Town Hall, Roulette, Tonic and National Sawdust, as well as further afield at the Long Leaf Opera Festival (NC), Carlsbad Music Festival (CA), Bennington Chamber Music Conference (VT), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC), Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), Cambridge Music Festival (UK), and Tokyo Opera City (Japan).
Mallonee has been commissioned to write new works for ensembles across the country, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Spektral Quartet, Firebird Ensemble, Present Music, Wet Ink Ensemble, Antares, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, ANA Trio, Ciompi Quartet, Ethos Percussion, and the Buffalo Chamber Players. Her music has been played by soloists including pianists Eric Huebner, Steven Beck, Stephen Gosling, and John McDonald, as well as Haruka Fujii (percussion), Natasha Farny (cello), Miranda Cuckson (violin), Amy Glidden (violin), Feng Hew (cello), Janz Castelo (viola) and Kimberly Sparr (viola). The New York Philharmonic included her music on its CONTACT! new music series in 2015.
Mallonee has been recognized through commissions and awards from the Fromm Foundation, Meet The Composer, the Jerome Fund for New Music, and ASCAP, from which she received a Morton Gould Young Composers Award.
Caroline Mallonee’s choral music has been performed across the country and abroad. Known for writing inventive pieces in English as well as motets in Latin inspired by early polyphony, Mallonée has recently been commissioned by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Vocális Chamber Choir.
One of her earliest choral pieces, The Carolers At My Door, was named the winner of a Christmas carol contest on “A Prairie Home Companion.” She was named the winner in the Yale Glee Club’s Emerging Composers Competition for Wind Songsand was chosen to participate in VocalEssence’s Essentially Choral workshops with I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail. Her choral music is available from Boosey & Hawkes and Swirly Music.
She is a professional singer in the Vocalis Chamber Choir and is the director of the Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat, a week-long festival for composers and improvisers held in New Hampshire each June. As a violinist, Mallonee was a founding member of pulsoptional (based in North Carolina) and Glissando (based in New York City).
She studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Fulbright Fellowship, 2005), Scott Lindroth and Stephen Jaffe at Duke University (Ph.D. 2006), Joseph Schwantner and Evan Ziporyn at the Yale School of Music (M.M. 2000), and Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky at Harvard University (B.A. 1997).