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.
|0490 Fall Term 2014|
|AAP 0831||5102||CTS||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 8 2014|
|MUC 1102 MUSIC COMPOSITION II: STRINGS AND WOODWINDS||3201||SPG||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|MUC 1104 MUSIC COMPOSITION III: BRASS AND PERCUSSION||3367||SPG||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|MUC 1107 MUSIC COMPOSITION IV: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA||2262||SPG||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|MUC 1618 FILM SCORING II - TELEVISION EPISODIC||3198||SPG||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|MUN 1310 COLLEGE CHORUS||604||SPG||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|MUN 1310 COLLEGE CHORUS||605||SPG||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|MUN 1340 MADRIGALIANS||606||SPG||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|