Oklahoma Baptist University

Lilite Receives Promising Teacher Award

Dr. Louima Lilite, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of music, received OBU's Promising Teacher Award during the university's Centennial Spring Commencement May 15.

Lilite, who joined the OBU faculty in fall 2008, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock during the graduation ceremonies before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in the university's Raley Chapel.


Dr. Louima Lilite (right) receives OBU's Promising Teacher Award from President David W. Whitlock during the university's Centennial Spring Commencement May 15.

The Promising Teacher Award is presented annually to a junior faculty member who has taught at the university for less than six years and has "demonstrated outstanding potential as a teacher and who has the characteristics of one who may be a future recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award."

In presenting the award, Dr. Whitlock said in addition to Lilite's impressive academic pedigree, he brings an equally impressive care for students.

"He is creative in his pedagogy, crafting an approach that will help bring out the best in each student," Whitlock said. "His spirituality is obvious in all interactions. He is an incredible performer and brings a wide variety of experiences to his voice studio, classroom, stage, church and recital hall."

Lilite earned a bachelor's degree in music performance in voice and piano from Biola University Conservatory of Music; a master's degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Pennsylvania State University; and his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music.

He has been praised for 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 masterclasses conducted by Dawn Upshaw, Leonid Smetannikov, Menahem Pressler, Béla Siki, Howard Karp, Earle Patriarco and Douglas Yates. He has won several awards and competitions including the 2006-2007 Teaching Assistant Excellence in Teaching Award at the Eastman School of Music, the Presser Award, Outstanding Musician of the year in both piano and voice, and First Place Winner in the Advanced division of the NATS Eastern Region Conference Auditions.

As a teacher, Lilite has served as a member of the voice faculty at Houghton College and Nazareth College, and as a teacher's assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He has taught, lectured and coached in the United States and overseas for more than 13 years in private lessons, masterclasses, seminars and summer programs.

Lilite also is the coordinator of the annual North Haiti Music Camp in Limbé, Haiti.

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