Assistant Professor of Music
Raley Chapel 132
OBU Box 61200
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804
Haitian-American tenor, Louima Lilite, serves the OBU's music division as Assistant Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts. Under the tutelage of Ms. Carol Webber, he earned his doctorate in April 2008 at the prestigious Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Prize in 2007.
Prior to his appointment at OBU in the fall of 2008, Dr. Lilite was a member of the voice faculty at Houghton College and Nazareth College, and a TA at the Eastman School of Music from 2004-2008. He has taught, lectured, and coached in the United States and overseas in private lessons, master classes, seminars, and summer workshops. He is the coordinator of the annual North Haiti Music Camp in Limbé, Haiti. He has also served as an adjudicator for the Phyllis Triolo Competition and for NATS student auditions. His students have won various awards and have been invited and/or accepted at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard, Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Penn State University, the University of Illinois, and at various Young Artist and summer programs.
As a teacher, Dr. Lilite believes strongly in the transformative power of learning and commits to reaching the heart and mind of each student entrusted to his care. His philosophy is to guide students to a place where they can effect lasting, eternal change in other people’s lives. He seeks to equip students with the necessary skills to become vibrant and honest, enable them to communicate freely, inspire the dedication and discipline needed to pursue their individual goals, and instill a life-long love for learning. Toward those ends, he commits himself to flexibility in teaching so that he may effectively conduct lessons in a way that will most benefit each student.
As a singer, critics have hailed his “warm tone and sensitive interpretation,” and “his clear voice [which] soars and carries.” A seasoned performer, he is known as a recitalist, soloist, pianist, and accompanist, performing in master classes conducted by Dawn Upshaw, Leonid Smetannikov, Douglas Yates, Earle Patriarco, Menahem Pressler, and Béla Siki. Among his honors are the 2009-2010 Promising Teacher Award and the Seven Who Care Award at OBU, the 2007-2008 MTNA StAR Award, the Presser Award, Outstanding Musician of the year in both piano and voice, First Place Winner in the Advanced division of the NATS Eastern Region Conference Auditions, and Honorable Mention in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition.
An avid supporter of chamber music, some of his favorite performances include Poulenc’s Tel jour, telle nuit, Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses, Vaughan Williams’ Four Hymns, John Corigliano’s Three Irish Folksong Settings, and the six Heine settings from Schubert’s Schwanengesang.
He has sung several operatic roles including Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta Giardiniera, Prunier in Puccini’s La Rondine, Tapioca in L’étoile by Chabrier, Brother Paul in Trinkley’s York, Samuel in Rorem’s Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Léon in Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and The Counsel in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.
Having a keen interest in the oratorio and symphonic repertoires, Lilite has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Consort in Handel’s Messiah, the Shawnee Community Orchestra, the Biola Conservatory Chorale and Orchestra in Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Sainte Trinité Symphony, maestro Gerardo Edelstein in Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and the Penn State University Chorus and Orchestra in Schubert’s Mass in G.
Previous study with Jennie Wong (piano), William Lock, Jeanne Robison, Richard Kennedy, Susan Boardman, and Marylène Dosse (piano), granted him his MM in voice performance & pedagogy at Penn State University in 2002, and a BM degree in 1999 at Biola University in La Mirada, CA with a double emphasis in voice and piano performance.