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Department ofMusic

Nancy Wait-Kromm


Nancy Wait-Kromm

Associate Professor

Head of Vocal Studies, Opera
Cultures and Ideas, Voice

Nancy Wait Kromm, Associate Professor of Music, earned her degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and did post-graduate studies at Stanford University.

A frequent performer, conductor, and director, Wait-Kromm was the soprano soloist on the Grammy Award-winning SF Symphony recording of Nielsen Third Symphony, London Decca recordings and performs nationally and internationally. 

A strong performer of new and emerging works, Ms. Kromm has sung a number of world premieres, including the Henry Mollicone Beatitude Mass and Flight through the Stars, Pamela Quist's Requiem for the People, and John Thow's Seven Songs for a New Day.  

Ms. Kromm has a strong interest in the translation of vocal works into English adaptations. Among her translations are Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne and The Marriage of Figaro; Offenbach's Lantern Marriage, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and a number of smaller works. 

She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most recently a Presidential research grant for her translation and adaptation of Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel; a CPA grant to support Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with adapted incidental music; continuing Dean's Grants to support Jazz has a Dream, the Faculty Recital Series, the Art of the Song Festival, and others. 

Her love for poetry and song is reflected in her current CD work in progress, a compilation of art songs on the themes of the natural world, Nature's Way,  a series of Art Song recitals Waters of the Earth; Nature's Garden; All Creatures Great and Small; He said, She said; and Heaven and Hell, Life and Death.  

Ms. Wait-Kromm resides in Santa Clara California with her husband Leroy Kromm, their two children Russell and Genevieve, and their cats Figaro, Rupert, and Lucky.


Opera Workshop (MUSC 153),

Cultures and Ideas (MUSC 11 & 12),

Beginning Voice (MUSC 34),

Private Instruction - Voice