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 served a three-year term as President of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) from 2012 to 2015. He also served on the Board of the Country Music Hall of Fame from 2001 to 2005.
As a concert pianist, Wait has presented more than 200 concerts in 25 states. He has recorded several discs on the Naxos label. His recording with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra of Elliott Carter's Piano Concerto 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. He also recorded Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano and orchestra with Robert Craft and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Wait and violinist Carolyn Huebl have recorded the major works of Igor Stravinsky for violin and piano, as well as Alfred Schnittke’s complete sonatas for violin and piano.