Composer, singer-songwriter, and scholar


Victoria Malawey is a composer, singer-songwriter, and scholar based in the Twin Cities. Malawey teaches courses in music theory, composition, songwriting, and gender and music at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has written music for mixed chamber and vocal ensembles, which have been performed at venues throughout the U.S. and internationally. Malawey’s choral piece On Dark Earth was selected as top finalist for the 2019 Voices 21C Call-for-Scores and will be performed at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Division conference, her 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. Recent commissions include pieces for the William Ferris Chorale, Open House Chicago, the Black Cedar Trio, the ARK Trio, soprano Emma Rose Lynn, soprano Bethany Battafarano, and clarinetist Bob Milnikel. Malawey has completed artist residencies at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She has been invited to for a monthlong residency at Willapa Bay AiR in 2020. Malawey studied composition with Sven-David Sandström at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Robert Lombardo at Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University.

As a songwriter, Malawey writes and performs original songs for piano, guitar, and voice. Harmonically driven and sung from the heart, her songs offer themes of solace, remorse, pain, reflection, and hope. Her album, There’s Still Time, was released in June 2018. More at

In addition to her work as a musician, Malawey’s research interests include the analysis of songs, voice, 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. Her article, “‘Find Out What It Means to Me’: Aretha Franklin’s Gendered Re-Authoring of Otis Redding’s ‘Respect’” (Popular Music, May 2014) won the International Alliance of Women in Music Pauline Alderman Award for the best article in feminist music scholarship in 2015. She has written a book titled A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice, which will be published by Oxford University Press in June 2020 in the Oxford Series in Music Theory, edited by Steven Rings.