Louima Lilite ( '02 M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy) has received the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award from Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). The highest honor for OBU faculty members, this award is presented to a faculty member who has exemplified in his or her teaching career the characteristics of superior instruction delineated in the “Commitment to Excellence,” a statement of teaching expectations and objectives adopted by OBU’s faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees. The award was presented during the university’s 102nd spring commencement ceremony on May 13. Nominations for the award were made by alumni, current students, faculty, and administration.
Lilite is an associate professor of voice at OBU. Prior to his appointment in 2008, he was a member of the voice faculty at Houghton College and Nazareth College, and a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He has taught, lectured, and coached in the United States and overseas in private lessons, masterclasses, seminars, and summer workshops.
He is the coordinator of the annual North Haiti Music Camp in Limbé, Haiti. A tenor, Lilite has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and Orchestra, the OBU Shawnee Community Orchestra, and the Biola Conservatory Chorale and Orchestra, among many others. He was the recipient of OBU’s 2010 Promising Teacher Award.
Lilite holds a bachelor’s degree in voice and piano performance from Biola University Conservatory of Music (La Mirada, California) and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. While a master’s student at Penn State, he was a voice student of Richard Kennedy.