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 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, 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), 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 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 and was included on the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! new music series in 2015.  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 vocal works. 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 has participated in VocalEssence’s “Essentially Choral” workshops and was selected for American Opera Projects’ Composers & The Voice workshops in New York.  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’s Google Search piece (called “Search”) commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City was premiered in April 2015 and will be performed in 2015-16 by choirs in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Washington State.

She is the composer-in-residence for The Buffalo Chamber Players, and her work will be featured on most of this season’s concerts, including a world premiere in October. 

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


Mallonée’s Unless Acted Upon was featured on the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! series at National Sawdust on November 16, 2015. 

Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble chose Mallonée’s piece for large ensemble, Reaction, as the winner in its recent Call for Scores.  It was chosen over 127 other entries and will be performed in Ohio on March 3, 2016.

Mallonée’s choral piece, Search, was commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City for their Radio Radiance program. Three participating choruses  are performing the work this year in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Washington State, and one will perform it in Carnegie Hall in May.

Feng Hew performed Whistler Waves for Cello and Orchestra with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on November 3, 2015. 

Mallonée has been named composer-in-residence for the Buffalo Chamber Players!  They recently premiered a new piece on the season opener on October 1. Click here to see a list of upcoming and recent 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.  The Buffalo Chamber Players presented the piece at the Albright Knox Art Gallery on November 19. 

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

“...full of inventive ideas and sonic wonders; this is an imaginative young composer from whom we hope to hear more.”

-The Washington Post