Dr. Vernon Taranto


Dr. Vernon Taranto

Office Information

Campus
Location
Title
Email
Phone
Fax
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus
ET 207
Director of Choral Activities
taranto.vernon@spcollege.edu
(727)341-4678
(727) 444-6374


Biography


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.



Office Schedule


n/a


Classroom Schedule


Classes shown below are for the current term: Fall Term 2014 (0490)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
MUN 1310   #0604
SP HS117
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
MUN 1340   #0606
SP HS117
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
MUN 1310   #0605
SP HS117
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MUC 1102   #3201
SP EI209
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
MUC 1107   #2262
SP EI209
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
MUN 1310   #0604
SP HS117
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
MUN 1340   #0606
SP HS117
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
MUC 1618   #3198
SP EI209
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
MUC 1104   #3367
SP EI209
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


Subjects Taught


Music: Composition, Musical Ensembles


Course Schedule


= Vernon Taranto has added information specific to this course. (syllabus, video, class meeting times, etc.)

Spring Term 2015 (0495)
CourseSectionCampusFormatStartsEnds
MUN 1310   College Chorus0490SPFace-to-Face1/12/155/08/15
MUN 1310   College Chorus0491SPFace-to-Face1/12/155/08/15
MUN 1340   Madrigalians0492SPFace-to-Face1/12/155/08/15
MUC 1619   Film Scoring III-Feature Lengt2969SPIndependent Study1/12/155/08/15
MUC 1104   Music Comp III:Brass/Percussio2970SPIndependent Study1/12/155/08/15
MUC 1616   Introduction to Film Scoring2974SPIndependent Study1/12/155/08/15
MUC 1107   Music Comp IV:Chamber Orch4625SPIndependent Study1/12/155/08/15
MUC 1101   Intro to Music Composition4651SPIndependent Study1/12/155/08/15
Fall Term 2014 (0490)
CourseSectionCampusFormatStartsEnds
MUN 1310   College Chorus0604SPFace-to-Face8/18/1412/12/14
MUN 1310   College Chorus0605SPFace-to-Face8/18/1412/12/14
MUN 1340   Madrigalians0606SPFace-to-Face8/18/1412/12/14
MUC 1107   Music Comp IV:Chamber Orch2262SPIndependent Study8/18/1412/12/14
MUC 1618   Film Scoring II - TV Episodic3198SPIndependent Study8/18/1412/12/14
MUC 1102   Music Comp II:Strings/Wodwnds3201SPIndependent Study8/18/1412/12/14
MUC 1104   Music Comp III:Brass/Percussio3367SPIndependent Study8/18/1412/12/14