B.M. (Wichita State); M.M. (Kansas State); D.M.A. (Johns Hopkins)
Mark W. Wait
Dean; Martha Rivers Ingram Dean's Chair
Professor of Music
Mark Wait has been Dean and Professor of Music at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University since 1993.
Wait served on the Country Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors in Nashville, Tenn., from 2001-05. He served as National President of honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda from 2006-10, and recently completed serving a three-year term as President of the National Association of Schools of Music.
In 1989, Wait was the pianist in a performance at Alice Tully Hall of Elliot Carter’s Double Concerto for Piano, Harpsichord and Two Chamber Orchestras, conducted by Robert Craft. In 1993, he recorded Igor Stravinsky’s solo works for piano as part of Robert Craft’s recorded cycle of the composer’s complete works, and his recording of Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra with Robert Craft and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York has been issued on the Naxos label.
His recording with the Nashville Symphony of Elliott Carter’s Piano Concerto (on the Naxos label) was a finalist for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, and Wait was a 2004 Grammy finalist for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra for the same recording.