William L. Lake Jr.

Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music wllake@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

Bachelor’s in Music Liberal Arts (Jazz Studies and Piano Performance), University of Maryland, College Park
Master’s in Music Education, Boston University
Master’s in Wind Conducting, University of Maryland, College Park


William L. Lake, Jr., is an Assistant Professor of Music at Southeastern University. Professor Lake is director of the Southeastern University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Chamber Ensemble, and Athletic Band. His additional academic responsibilities include teaching music appreciation courses and marching band techniques. Currently, Professor Lake is a doctoral candidate in Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with Dr. John R. Locke and Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi. As a graduate student, Professor 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. Professor Lake also taught undergraduate courses in conducting. In 2015, Professor Lake, was selected as the first graduate student of UNCG Leadership Institute Program, a campus-wide initiative to survey university initiatives that enhance the campus mission.

Professor 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, Professor Lake received the Bachelor’s in Music Liberal Arts -Jazz Studies Piano Performance Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park as a student of Jon Ozment and Christopher Vadala. He was Drum Major of the “Mighty Sound of Maryland” Marching Band for four consecutive years. After graduating in 2006, Professor Lake continued post-baccalaureate studies in instrumental music education with Dr. Bruce Carter.

Mr. Lake was hired by Prince George’s County Public School System as Director of Bands at Gwynn Park High School in 2007. The Gwynn Park High School band program experienced considerable growth during his tenure as instrumental music educator and music department chair.

As a church musician, Professor Lake has served as Assistant Director of Worship and the Arts at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, an organist and Director of the Men’s Chorus, Zamar Adult and Youth Praise Team (2014-2017), and Minister of Music at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. (2008-2017). In 2014, Professor Lake, Jr., organized fifteen churches from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area to present G. F. Handel’s Messiah as a canned food drive for the Capitol Hill Foodbank. As a result of this effort, over 1.5 tons of canned food were collected for those in need during the winter months.

Professor Lake has guest-conducted the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s District One Middle School Honors Band, the Prince George’s County Summer Instrumental Music Camp, and the Prince George’s County Middle School Honors Band. 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.