Caroline Mallonée


Caroline Mallonee (b. 1975) is a composer and performer based in New York State.  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).  She is currently a professional singer in the Vocalis Chamber Singers 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.

Mallonee's music has been programmed at venues in New York including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Tenri Cultural Center, Town Hall, Roulette and Tonic, as well as further afield at the Long Leaf Opera Festival (NC), Carlsbad Music Festival (CA), Bennington Chamber Music Conference (VT), Cambridge Music Festival (UK), Tokyo Opera City (Japan), Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (ME), on the New Music New Haven series (CT), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC) and Jordan Hall (Boston, MA). It has been broadcast several times over National Public Radio on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion.”

Recent commissions include new works for the Spektral Quartet (Chicago), ANA Trio (New York), Firebird Ensemble (Massachusetts), Present Music (Wisconsin), Ethos Percussion Group (New York), and Monadnock Music (New Hampshire). 

Mallonée’s quintet, Unless Acted Upon: Manifestations of Newton’s First Law, was commissioned by The Walden School in 2011 for the Firebird Ensemble and was premiered in July of that year.  It was performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May 2012 by The Da Capo Chamber Players.  It has also been played by faculty members of the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College in Vermont where Mallonée was composer-in-residence in 2013.  Bennington also commissioned a new trio, Clock It, which was premiered at the festival and has been played the The Buffalo Chamber Players.

An octet for voice, six instruments, electronics and video inspired by the paintings of Paul Signac written for the Wet Ink Ensemble was premiered in July 2009.  Recent pieces include Shadow Rings, a quartet commissioned by Antares, and Tomorrow Sharpened for marimba and piano, which was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Foundation.  Tomorrow Sharpened was written for Haruka Fujii and Eric Huebner and was premiered in Tokyo.  It is included on Fujii’s most recent CD, Ingredients, available from New Focus Recordings in November 2013.

Ms. Mallonée's quartet, Throwing Mountains, received an ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composers prize in 2004 and has been performed numerous times by the New York-based group counter)induction as well as by the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Washington Square Contemporary Chamber Players and Present Music.  Another chamber work, 'stain, composed in 2002 for pulsoptional, is featured on their debut CD and has been performed throughout the United States by Flexible Music. 

In addition to her chamber works, Mallonée has written many works for choir. Several of her choral pieces, including The Carolers At My Door, are published by Boosey & Hawkes.  The Vocális Chamber Choir has performed several of her choral works over the last three seasons, and featured Da Pacem Domine in their recent appearance at the Cambridge Music Festival.  She was a member of Cantori New York, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Duke Chorale, Yale Camerata, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum; all of these choirs have performed her music as well.

Mallonée is the composer-in-residence for The Buffalo Chamber Players.  Her work will be featured on three of this season’s concerts, including a world premiere in May.  Upcoming projects also include commissions from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (Francisco J. Nuñez conducting), violist Kimberly Sparr, and vocalist Suzanne Fatta.  This season her music will also be performed on recitals by cellist Natasha Farny and violinist Amy Glidden, as well as by The Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Ms. Mallonée lives in Buffalo with her husband, the pianist Eric Huebner, and their children.

Mallonée has been named composer-in-residence for the Buffalo Chamber Players! This season includes three performances of Mallonée’s work. 

Click here to see a list of upcoming concerts.

The Butterfly Effect, a new string quartet written for the Spektral Quartet, was premiered at The Walden School in Dublin, NH on July 10.  Listen to the piece here

Vocális Chamber Choir featured “Da Pacem Domine” on several concerts last summer, including in Ely Cathedral and at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival (UK). 

Tomorrow Sharpened for marimba and piano is included on Haruka Fujii’s newest CD, Ingredients, released by New Focus Recordings.  Click here for details.