Dr. William L. Lake, Jr. joins the Crane School of Music from Southeastern University, where he is director of the Southeastern University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Chamber Ensemble, and Athletic Band. His additional academic responsibilities include teaching conducting, wind repertoire lab, and music appreciation. Dr. Lake received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the mentorship of Drs. John R. Locke and Kevin Geraldi in May of 2018. As a graduate student, Dr. Lake was principal conductor of The University of North Carolina University Band and guest conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Lake also taught undergraduate courses in conducting.
Dr. Lake is the recipient of two master's degrees, the first from Boston University in Music Education (2011), and the second from the University of Maryland, College Park in Wind Conducting (2014) under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Votta, Jr. In May 2006, Dr. Lake received the Bachelor of Music Liberal Arts-Jazz Studies Piano Performance Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park as a student of Jon Ozment and Christopher Vadala.
Dr. Lake maintains an active performance and clinician schedule across the country. He was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music and the Band Conducting Division of the American Prize. In March 2018, Dr. Lake was invited to present a position paper, "The Oak is Inside the Acorn: Fostering Potential through Mentorship" for the Eastern Division of the College Band Director Association at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Conductor's Guild, the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.