Mark Wait


Immediate Past President, NASM (Board of Directors)
(President 2012-2015); term ends November 2018

Mark Wait is professor of music and Dean of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. Prior to his appointment at Vanderbilt in 1993, he was a faculty member in the College of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also served as executive assistant to the President of the University of Colorado.

Within the National Association of Schools of Music, Dean Wait has served as a member of the Commission on Accreditation, as Chair of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools, and as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Association. As a pianist, he has recorded Igor Stravinsky’s solo works for piano as part of Robert Craft’s recorded cycle of the composer’s complete works. His recordings on the Naxos label include Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano and orchestra, with Robert Craft and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Elliott Carter’s Piano Concerto, with Kenneth Schermerhorn and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; and, with violinist Carolyn Huebl, Alfred Schnittke’s complete sonatas for violin and piano and Stravinsky’s major works for violin and piano. Dean Wait earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (1976), the Master of Music degree at Kansas State University (1973), and the Bachelor of Music degree at Wichita State University (1971), all in Piano Performance.
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Updated December 2015