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William Lake, Jr. Selected as Finalist in Two Categories of the American Prize

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best-recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.


The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.  Lake was named a finalist in the Band/Orchestra Conducting Category and the Ernst Bacon American Music (College/University) Award for the Performance of American Music.

Cambridge Native William Lake Named Music Professor

POTSDAM, N.Y. — The Crane School of Music has announced the appointment of Cambridge native Dr. William L. Lake Jr. as an assistant professor of music education and associate director of bands.

Lake will serve as conductor for two of the four bands at the college, a teacher in the instrumental conducting sequence and supervisor of undergraduate music education students in their pre-service teaching instrumental education experience.

Lake is the first African-American conductor in the rich 93-year history of the Crane Bands. “I’m excited and humbled to represent the hard work of my parents, heritage and mentors while serving as a professor the Crane School of Music,” Lake said.

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William Lake, Jr. Receives Doctor of Musical Arts

GREENSBORO, N.C. — William L. Lake Jr. was conferred the degree Doctor of Musical Arts Instrumental Conducting on May 3 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Lake dedicated his dissertation, “A Conductor’s Analysis and Performance Guide for John Mackey’s ‘Songs from the End of the World’ (2015),” to several Dorchester County music educators, including Robert Batson, Tina Meekins, Deborah Roe, Anne Hufnagel and Candace Allebach.


He earned his degree under the tutelage of Dr. John R. Locke and Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi.


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