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. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the College of Music at the University of Colorado, where he also served, from 1985-93, as the executive assistant to the President.
Wait earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Wichita State University, his Master of Music degree at Kansas State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.
Wait served on the Country Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors in Nashville, Tenn., from 2001-05. He has served as National Vice President of the honorary music society, Pi Kappa Lambda, since 2003. He served a three-year term as Vice President of the National Association of School of Music (2009-12), and is currently serving a three-year term as President (2012-15).
As a concert pianist, Wait has presented more than 200 concerts in 25 states. In 1989, he 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 MusicMasters label. Most recently, his recording with the Nashville Symphony of Elliott Carter's Piano Concerto (on the Naxos label) was nominated for a 2004 Grammy award for Best Classical Album, and Wait was a 2004 Grammy nominee for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra for the same recording.