Caroline Mallonée

Composer
American, 1975-
Composer Caroline Mallonée (b. 1975) lives in North Carolina, where she is a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University. She holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B., 1997) and the Yale School of Music (M.M., 2000). She recently returned from the Netherlands, where she held a Fulbright Fellowship for study with Louis Andriessen at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag (2004-2005).

Ms. Mallonée’s compositions have been played by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Contemporary Music Forum of Washington D.C, the Women Composer’s Orchestra of Baltimore, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Virginia Pops Symphony, Non Sequitur, the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, the Ciompi, Alexander, and Mendelssohn String Quartets and the Gregg Smith Singers. Her music has been heard at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, on the New Music New Haven series, at the Chapel Hill Arts Festival and at the Durham Downtown Music Festival. Her music has been performed in the U.S., the Netherlands, Wales, England, and Mexico, and has been broadcast over National Public Radio on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.”

Ms. Mallonée has been on the faculty of the Walden School for young composers in Dublin, NH for eight summers. She teaches courses in composition, musicianship and minimalism, and directs the female choir. She holds the position of Director of Composer Forums and is the Assistant Academic Dean. She has been co-commissioned by the Walden School and artists-in-residence for a new work four times (Non Sequitur, 2000; Clogs, 2003; Calliope Duo, 2004; PRISM saxophone quartet, 2005).

Ms. Mallonée continues to be active as a performer. She is a member of pulsoptional, a sextet and composers’ collective devoted to new repertoire that performs regularly in Durham, NC and Chapel Hill, NC. She sang in the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Yale Pro Musica, and the Duke Chorale; she now sings with the Choral Society of Durham. She was a member of Gamelan Nyai Saraswati, a Javanese gamelan based at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has appeared as a performer on the Duke composers’ biannual concerts.

Selected works by Caroline Mallonée:
“A gentleman brought music to his lady's window, who hated him,...and when he persisted, she threw stones at him. Whereupon a friend of his that was within his company, said to him; "What greater honour can you have to your music, than that stones come about you, as they did to Orpheus."”
--Francis Bacon