Dr. Vernon Taranto

Dr. Vernon Taranto

Office Information

St. Pete/Gibbs Campus
ET 207
Director of Choral Activities
(727) 444-6374


Vernon Taranto Jr. has been Director of Choral Activities at St. Petersburg College since the Fall of 1996. During his tenure the SPC choruses have grown in stature and ability reflected in recent performances attended by capacity audiences in and around St. Petersburg, the region, and abroad.

In seasons past, the 130-voice SPC Concert Chorus has undertaken numerous performances of great choral literature some of which are: John Rutter's Gloria and his Requiem, Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor, the Vivaldi Gloria, C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat, Mass in Time of War by Josef Haydn, Randall Thompson's The Peaceable Kingdom, Frostiana, and Testament of Freedom, Händel's Messiah, the Fauré Requiem, and Howard Hanson's spectacular Song of Democracy.  Notable recent adventures include the acclaimed ten-day "Musical Ambassadors Tour of Russia" in which the SPC Madrigalians performed for delighted audiences in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Orenberg (Siberia)!                       

Dr. Taranto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1983 from Louisiana State University where he studied with Peter Paul Fuchs (opera conducting and production), Richard Aslanian (opera and music theater), Paul Knowles (studio voice), L. Bruce Jones (instrumental and choral conducting); and he performed choral music under the baton of master choral director, Dallas Draper.   His training in Music Theory and Composition was directed by Dinos Constantinides, Kenneth Klaus, Paul Louis Abel, Frank Crawford Page, and James Drew.

His professional career includes a five-year tour of duty with The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., nine performance tours of Japan (with his wife-singer, Mary Ann), and two presentations of his original musical compositions at Carnegie Hall, NYC.  His music has been recorded on numerous CDs, and has been published by Pro-Art, Augsburg, Latham Music, Lorenz, and others.


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Classroom Schedule

No classroom schedule for the current term: Summer Term 2016 (0515)

Subjects Taught

Music: Composition, Musical Ensembles

Course Schedule

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Spring Term 2016 arrow 0510
  MUN 1310   College Chorus 0472SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MUN 1310   College Chorus 0473SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MUN 1340   Madrigalians 0474SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MUC 1616   Introduction to Film Scoring 2733SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MUC 1107   Music Comp IV:Chamber Orch 3414SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MUC 1101   Intro to Music Composition 3421SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MUC 1102   Music Comp II:Strings/Wodwnds 4484SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MUC 1618   Film Scoring II - TV Episodic 4485SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16