Department of Music

Dr. Anton Vishio


Office: Shea 114
Phone: (973) 720-3935
Office Hours:


Area Specialization
Music Theory

Anton Vishio teaches music theory, ear training, and composition. He received a PhD in music theory from Harvard University where he studied theory with David Lewin and composition with Donald Martino. Before returning to William Paterson in 2014, he was a member of the music faculties of McGill University, the University at Buffalo, Vassar College, and New York University-Steinhardt. He is an advisor for the B.A. program in Musical Studies, and a member of the board of the Gandhian Forum.

Vishio's main area of research is in the analysis of late 20th-century music. In 2016, he presented a paper on connections between late music of Morton Feldman and Milton Babbitt at a special session in honor of Babbitt's centennial at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Vancouver, and a paper at a conference on the late music of Luigi Nono at Tufts University. He is writing an essay on Priaulx Rainier's Quanta, to appear in Volume 2 of Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers, edited by Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft (Oxford University Press). He has previously given talks on music by Iannis Xenakis and Olivier Messiaen.

Vishio works on the analysis of film music and presented a paper at the NYU Conference on Music and the Moving Image on the Czech composer Zdenek Liška's music for the films of Jan Švankmajer. He also analyzes non-Western music, and presented a paper on tiger-taming music of Western Sumatra at the Fourth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music at New School University in 2016. Upcoming presentations include a contribution to a symposium on singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen organized by the Society of Fellows at Columbia University, and a paper on temporal structures in the music of Jo Kondo to be given at the Congress of the International Musicological Society in Tokyo in 2017.

Vishio is also a composer and pianist; his work, "In Which Lenz is Calmed in the Presence of Oberlin", composed for Payton MacDonald's Sonic Divide Project, was premiered last summer, and a work for violin solo was recently premiered by Benjamin Kreith. As a pianist, he played for many years in the Neidhöfer-Vishio piano duo, which was awarded a Kranichstein Musikpreis at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse in 1994; the duo performed works by Babbitt, Ferneyhough, Tcherepnin, Stadelman, and Milhaud, among others. He has also performed with percussionist Peter Jarvis and music of Schnabel and Kondo with the new music group Musical Observations.