Caroline Mallonee (b. 1975) is a composer and performer based in New York State. Mallonee’s music has been programmed at venues in New York City 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), Cambridge Music Festival (UK), Tokyo Opera City (Japan), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC) and Jordan Hall (Boston, MA).

Mallonée has collaborated with ensembles including the Spektral Quartet, Firebird Ensemble, Present Music, the Wet Ink Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Antares, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, ANA Trio, Ciompi Quartet, Orkest di Ereprijs, the Buffalo Chamber Players and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 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.

Mallonée 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.

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).


Mallonée was chosen as the winner in Echo Chamber’s recent call for scores. They premiered “Octopus” on April 15 at Spectrum in Brooklyn.

Mallonée is Composer-in-Residence for The Buffalo Chamber Players. They presented a portrait concert of her music at Pausa Art House last season and premiered a new septet, Net Force, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on November 16, 2017.

Music in the American Wild commissioned a new piece for the Seneca Falls National Historic Park. “Solitude of Self” was premiered in March 2018.

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

The Butterfly Effect, a string quartet commissioned by The Walden School for the Spektral Quartet, was named the winner of the 2016 Locrian Chamber Players’ Call for Scores. It was recently performed on Late Night at National Sawdust in a collaboration between Access Contemporary Music and Open G Records. It has also been performed by the Buffalo Chamber Players, on the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, and at The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat. Listen to the piece here.

Mallonée’s riddle piece for double choir, I Saw a Peacock With a Fiery Tail, received its New York premiere at Merkin Hall on October 8, 2016 by the Vocális Chamber Choir. It was recently performed by Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective and at the ACDA Eastern Conference in Pittsburgh. Buy the music here.

Diamonds from the Dust chose Search as a winner in its call for scores. The piece, originally commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, was performed in Worcester, Massachusetts in June, as well as by all-county choirs in Vermont and Massachusetts this fall. It is now available from Swirly Music.

Vox 16 chose O Lux as a winner in its recent call for scores. The piece was performed in Seattle April 29 and 30. Watch the performance here. They premiered Light Through Windows on April 7 and included this piece on their new CD.

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society commissioned Mallonée to write a new piece in celebration of Tom Hall, their longtime music director. Look For Us Again was performed in March 2017.


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

-The Washington Post