February 12, 2010
In honor of a music camp in his homeland of Haiti, Dr. Louima Lilite and his wife, Dephanie, will perform a recital at Oklahoma Baptist University, Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the event. The recital is free with a suggested donation of $5 to benefit North Haiti Music Camp, where Lilite received his first formal music training and returns to serve each summer.
"One thing that I have grown to understand and appreciate is the fact that we, human beings, are all connected on this planet and that it takes our collective efforts to make a positive impact on each individual," Lilite said. "Since the earthquake of Jan. 12, my heart has been burdened to contribute to the cause and I have done so in a number of ways. OBU's mission of life transformation has inspired me to seek to use my art as a life-transforming agent in the world.
"We have chosen to perform songs in English, Italian, German and French to highlight and celebrate the diversity of cultures in our world," he said.
Lilite, a tenor, has served as assistant professor of music in voice, music theatre and fine arts at OBU since August 2008. His recital will feature nine selections that will include "We Sing to Him," composed by Henry Purcell; "Quand'il tuo diavol nacque," composed by Stefano Donaudy; "Morgen!" composed by Richard Strauss; "Chanson Trestle," composed by Henri Duparc; and "Loveliest of Trees," composed by John Duke.
"The recital will serve as a fundraiser to benefit students at this year's North Haiti Music Camp. Every year, students from across this impoverished Caribbean country look forward to the last two weeks of July when they can attend the camp and find hope for the future. Personally, I will never forget what a huge impact NHMC has had on my life, and now people from all nations are being blessed by NHMC through my humble efforts.
"What saddens me, however, is the possibility of numerous students who may not be able to attend the camp this year because of the severe losses caused by the earthquake. NHMC has received numerous requests for student scholarships for Camp 2010. That is why I want to help through this recital."
It costs each camper $75 to attend the camp. Therefore, Lilite is asking individuals to sponsor a camper by donating $75 per song sung at the recital. The song sale, titled "Buy A Song, Sponsor A Student!"opens today and will end on Feb. 26. Interested individuals can make their contributions payable to "Haiti Hope Fund," and may contact Lilite by mail at: North Haiti Music Camp, Attn: Dr. Louima Lilite, 1908 N Broadway Ave., Shawnee, OK 74804; by phone at (714) 253-2856; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lilite earned a doctorate in voice performance and literature at Eastman School of Music, a master's degree in voice performance and pedagogy at Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor's degree in voice and piano performance at Biola University. His performing credits include works from opera, oratorio, chamber music and the art song repertories. He has been featured three times with the Buffalo, N.Y., Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has sung in the Middle East, Haiti and throughout the United States in concert and opera. His career has also guided his path to study with Carol Webber and perform for Dawn Upshaw, Benita Valente, Menahem Pressler, Brian Zeger and Israeli contralto Mira Zakai.
Mrs. Lilite has concertized extensively in London, Haiti and across the United States as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. She has performed in master classes conducted by Menahem Pressler, Béla Siki, Howard Karp and Christopher Taylor. A southern California native, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Conservatory of Music at Biola University. She pursued graduate studies under the tutelage of French pianist Marylène Dosse at Pennsylvania State University and earned a master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy in 2001. In addition to teaching private lessons and other ministry, she also accompanies the Shawnee Honor Choir in OBU's Preparatory Department.