School of Music



Dr. Paul Paccione
Office Location: 121 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1124
Title: Professor, Theory and Composition

Paul Paccione is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Western Illinois University, Macomb. He holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Iowa, where he received the PhD in 1983. His teachers have included composers Harley Gaber, Keneth Gaburo, William Hibbard and Eric Richards. He joined the faculty at Western Illinois University in 1984. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Theory, Music Composition, Musical Analysis, Counterpoint, Materials of Twentieth/Twenty-first Century Music and History of American Music. During his teaching career at Western, he has received six Faculty Excellence Awards and was named the 1988 Outstanding Teacher in the College of Fine Arts. He was named Western Illinois University's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2002 - the first Music faculty member to do so. His lecture was subsequently published in the music journal "ex tempore." He received the Outstanding Creativity Award from Western's College of Fine Arts in 1988 and 2012. He is co-founder and co-director of Western's annual New Music Festival, now in its thirtieth year.

Paul Paccione is an active composer whose works are widely and frequently performed, both nationally and internationally. His music is noted for its stylistic diversity, lyricism, distinctive orchestration, contrapuntal refinement and metaphoric allusions. He is an active composer whose works are widely and frequently performed, both nationally and internationally. He has been described as "a composer who has a personality of his own and the ability to express that personality within more than one musical idiom." His music has been described as "consistently compelling and often extraordinarily moving." In December of 2014, Western Illinois University's Opera Theatre Company presented the first performances of Paccione's opera "The World Is Round," based on the book by Gertrude Stein.

Paccione's music is published by Frog Peak Music (, Lingua Press, American Composers Edition and SCI Journal of Music Scores/ European American Editions. In 2012, New World Records ( released a c.d. recording devoted entirely to his music, titled, "Our Beauties Are Not Ours." Additional recordings of his music are available on the Frog Peak and Capstone labels.

He has lectured and written numerous articles on various aspects of modern music, particularly on the interplay of cultural conditions and compositional thought in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and have included articles on composers Morton Feldman, Kenneth Gaburo and Eric Richards. His writings have appeared in Perspectives of New Music, ex tempore, College Music Symposium, American Music, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and on liner notes for New World Records. In addition, he is a preconcert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony.