Bio


GREGORY WAIT, the Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Vocal Studies on the Stanford University Music Department faculty, maintains a dynamic and enthusiastic teaching schedule. In recognition of his commitment to the principles of successful higher education, Wait received the Deans' Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1998, and was honored by his students and colleagues for his years of service to the university. In 2010 he was an ABBY honoree from the Arts Council Silicon Valley for his arts leadership in the Santa Clara valley. During his thirty year tenure as conductor of the Stanford Memorial Church Choir, the membership commissioned Stanford alumnus Kirke Mechem to compose his Missa Brevis Trinity as a tribute to his direction. As tenor soloist, he has made his mark in recital, in opera, and on the concert stage, having made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the Requiem of Alfred Schnittke. Hailed as one of the leading exponents of (Benjamin) Britten's vocal works, he premiered works by Lou Harrison and William Kraft, and gave the first American performance of Alessandro Scarlatti's Magnificat from his Vespers of St. Cecilia. He served as soloist at the prestigious Carmel Bach Festival for over fifteen seasons, and came to national recognition as tenor soloist in the Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco) televised Sing-it-Yourself Messiah on PBS, and has subsequently concertized throughout the United States, from the Anchorage Music Festival to Santa Fe. He recently conducted and sang the Evangelist in Bach's Matthus-passion. Now in his twenty-third season as music director of Schola Cantorum, he has received accolades from critics and the public alike for his vivid interpretations of choral masterworks, and for his commitment to the performance of new music. Under Wait's leadership, Schola Cantorum has commissioned and performed numerous premieres, notably the Missa Gaia (Mass for the Earth) by Libby Larson and, most recently, Alva Henderson and Dana Gioia's Winter Requiem. As director of the Congregational Oratorio Society, he has performed countless choral/orchestral works, and has led seven European tours in performances at historic venues throughout England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia and Scandinavia. Mr. Wait is also a choral arranger, and is frequently engaged as a lecturer and clinician for choral and vocal festivals.

Academic Appointments


  • Senior Lecturer, Music

Administrative Appointments


  • Senior Lecturer, Stanford University (1979 - Present)
  • Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Vocal Studies, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Music Director, Schola Cantorum (1989 - Present)
  • Conductor, Congregational Oratorio Society (1985 - Present)
  • Artistic Director, Peninsula Choral Workshop (1981 - 1998)

Honors & Awards


  • Western Regional Metropolitan Opera Prize, The Metropolitan Opera National Council (1976)
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University (1997-1998)
  • ABBY honoree, Arts Council Silicon Valley (2010)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Life Member, American Choral Directors Association
  • Active Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Active Member, Chorus America
  • Tenor Soloist, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Carmel Bach Festival
  • Recording Artist, Orion
  • Recording Artist, Crystal

2017-18 Courses