The music of Caroline Mallonee (b. 1975, Baltimore, MD) has been programmed at venues in New York City including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Town Hall, and Roulette, 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), Turner Ballroom (Milwaukee, WI) and Jordan Hall (Boston, MA).
Known for writing inventive pieces in English as well as motets in Latin inspired by early polyphony, Mallonee has been commissioned recently by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Vocális Chamber Choir, among others. “Light Through Windows” was recently recorded by Vox16 on their 2018 CD, Locally Sourced. She was chosen to participate in VocalEssence’s Essentially Choral workshops with “I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail” and was named the winner in the Yale Glee Club’s Emerging Composers Competition for “Wind Songs.” 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. For many of the pieces in her catalog, Mallonee wrote the words as well as the music. Her choral music is available from Boosey & Hawkes and Swirly Music.
She is a professional singer in the Vocális 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. She was a long-time faculty member of The Walden School Young Musicians Program, where she also served as Academic Dean. Mallonee holds a Ph.D. from Duke University, a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. A Fulbright award recipient, she spent a year in The Netherlands studying with Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and has also studied with Mario Davidovsky, Joseph Schwantner, Stephen Jaffe, Scott Lindroth, Evan Ziporyn, and Pamela Layman Quist.