The Music Department of St. Petersburg College is located on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus at 6605 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg. It occupies four buildings on the campus: the Humanities Building (HS), the Ethics Institute (EI), MIRA studio (WP) and the Music Center. The 310-seat Music Center is home to two Steinway concert grand pianos and a Heissler pipe organ. The college also owns the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. Learn more.

Music Center

music centerThe Hall

Our Music Center opened in the fall of 2000. It seats 310 and boasts acoustics ideally suited for music. St. Petersburg architect Charles Canerday designed it, and Gary Siebein of the University of Florida was the acoustical consultant. The Music Center is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video projection systems.

The Steinways

The Music Center features two Steinway Model D concert grand pianos. They arrived new from New York in September 2000 acquired through careful budgeting and saving over a seven-year period. Four more Models B and L Steinway grands arrived in July 2002 for use in student recitals, choral rehearsals and private lessons.

Heissler Organ

The Heissler pipe organ

In 2002, a Heissler tracker pipe organ made of solid oak was installed. It has 1,600 pipes, 24 stops and 31 ranks, three manuals, including a coupling manual, a computer memory system and a cymbelstern. This organ was built to the specifications of Robert Setzer, faculty organ instructor, consultant and major donor for this project. It was assembled in Markelsheim, Germany, disassembled, packed and shipped. It was reassembled here in our Music Center from December 2001 through February 2002 by Darwin Klug of Heissler in America. The only electronics in the organ are in air pump, in the stop action and in the very versatile memory, with 256 separate settings available for different applications.

Watch performances featuring the Heissler Organ.

Classrooms and Practice Rooms

The Music Department maintains 10 classrooms: a Choral Rehearsal Room/Recital Hall, Band Room, new Music Technology Lab, one classroom outfitted for Music Theory instruction and five lecture classrooms. Each of the classrooms has stereo and video equipment for high-quality playback of DVDs and CDs.

Choral Rehearsal Room/Recital Hall, HS 117
The Choral Rehearsal Room/Recital Hall is equipped with two Steinway Model B grand pianos. It has stereo and video equipment for instructional purposes. It is finished with beautiful wood-trimmed walls and floors for recitals and public presentations. This room may be used only by faculty and students approved by a faculty member for the specific purpose of preparing for a performance. Faculty and student use of this room beyond the normal class schedule must be reserved in advance by contacting the music office in HS 118.

Practice Room 
Practice Room 

Band Room, HS 109
The Band Room is equipped with music stands and ergonomically-correct chairs, percussion equipment, stereo equipment and a piano. This equipment is for use by our instrumental ensembles that rehearse there, including the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. The room also is used for private lessons in percussion and section rehearsals. Use of this room for student practice or faculty rehearsals must be reserved in advance by contacting the music office in HS 118.

Practice rooms, HS 108 A-H,
Practice rooms are available in the practice suite for student use. Rooms HS 108 A-G are equipped with pianos. HS 108 H is equipped with a Lyon and Healy harp and is reserved for harp students only. HS 104 is equipped with a Reuter pipe organ for students taking organ lessons. HS 104 has a secondary function for piano practice, but organ students have priority.

Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College

Only a few blocks from the waterfront in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, the Palladium includes the Stavros Great Room and the Hough Concert Hall. The Stavros Great Room features 12’x12’ stage, sound and dimmable lighting and can accommodate up to 150 people in a variety of configurations. Hough Concert Hall is the premier performance space with incredible natural acoustics, a beautiful and spacious ambience and seating for 850. Classical, jazz, ballet, opera, theater and film are all equally at home in this magnificent room.

Music Labs

Piano Laboratory

In EI 209 on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus, the music department has a keyboard lab that functions specifically for class piano instruction and student practice. It contains 17 stations: one for faculty and 16 for students, each with a computer and monitor, a full-range Yamaha CP-800 Clavinova electronic piano with touch sensitivity, and pedals and headphones that can be monitored separately from the master instructor’s station. The Piano lab gives students:

  • Music Technology instruction (for students enrolled in Music and Computers, MUS 1360, or Music Technology courses).
  • Class piano instruction and practice (for those who take Class Piano, MVK 1111, MVK 2121)
  • Music Theory remediation for students in MUT 1001, MUT 1121-2 or MUT 2126-7 who wish to work with the many tutorials available.
  • Monitored lab time for student projects involving digital recording and sound processing technology.

Music Technology Facilities

The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus has fully loaded, multi-faceted audio production suites geared toward the aspiring music professional, no matter what their specialized line of study.

LabStudio A: Mr. MIRA

This studio is used primarily for music recording and has the capability to record medium size ensembles.


  • Avid C|24 control surface with Avid HD|2 DAW – 16 microphone inputs
  • Neumann KH 120 Monitors
  • Apple Mac Pro
  • Pearl Drum kit
  • Complete hand percussion setup
  • Steinway Grand Piano
  • Full compliment of world-class microphones
  • Guitar and bass backline
  • Furman HD Cue System

Studio B: The Annex


This studio is used primarily for music mixing, audio for video post-production, and overdubbing.


  • Avid D-Command control surface with Avid HDx DAW
  • Digidesign 8-channel microphone preamp
  • Neumann KH O410 Monitors
  • 12 Avid Native workstations with Apple Mac Pros, Omni interfaces, and Euphonix Artist Mix control surfaces.
  • Digital link from all workstations to the master station
  • Adjacent overdub/ISO room
  • Baldwin Grand Piano
  • Pearl ePro Drum kit
  • Guitar backline
  • Furman HD Cue System
  • Essential microphone collection with full access to main collection in Studio A
  • Top-end Analog processing gear such as; Crane Song, Buzz Audio, and Foote

Studio C: SPC Radio Broadcast Center

This studio is used primarily for broadcast production and programming.


  • Avid Native workstation with HD Interface and Euphonix Artist Mix control surface
  • Neumann KH 120 Monitors
  • Focusrite Octopre
  • Full complement of broadcast recording microphones
  • Recording room capable of recording at least six on-air personalities at once.
  • Aphex Cue system

Three Computer Labs

  • 31 Mac Pro or iMac computers
  • 12 PC’s for Finale and film score production with programming keyboards, sound and projection
  • Pro Tools software

Dedicated Rehearsal Spaces

MIRA has two large dedicated rehearsal spaces for ensembles to prepare for concerts and learn new material. These spaces have drums, backline, and PA setups strictly for the ensembles to use.