Victoria Malawey is Associate Professor of Music at Macalester College where she teaches courses in music theory, composition, and gender and music. She has written music for mixed chamber and vocal ensembles, which have been performed at venues throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her song cycle for soprano, clarinet, and piano, Chansons Innocentes, was the 2017 winner of the International Alliance of Women in Music New Music Competition Patsy Lu Prize, and her Miniatures for solo piano was the second place winner of the 2016 New Ariel Piano Composition Competition. Jeanné Inc has published several of her compositions for woodwinds. Malawey studied composition with Robert Lombardo at Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and Sven-David Sandström at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
In addition to her work as a composer, Malawey’s research interests include the analysis of songs, popular music, music theory pedagogy, and gender studies. She completed a Ph.D. in music theory at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a dissertation on Björk’s Medúlla, which won the Dean’s Dissertation Prize in 2009. Her articles have been published in scholarly collections and journals, such as Popular Music, Music Theory Online, The Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and Indiana Theory Review. She is currently writing a book manuscript titled A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing Vocal Delivery in Popular Music.
Prior to joining Macalester’s faculty in 2011, Malawey taught at Kenyon College, where she was the recipient of the Mrs. Giles Whiting Teaching Fellowship in 2008–09. In 2005, she was awarded the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award at Indiana University.