Milton Lites - Music Faculty

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Milton Lites (miltonlites@sbcglobal.net)

Milton A. Lites is adjunct professor of music at DBU. He received a B.M. from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston. He holds a M.M. in Church Music and a D.M.A. in Music Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he was awarded a Graduate Specialist in Music Certification from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Lites also studied voice privately with Dr. Frank Stovall.

In 1969, Dr. Lites and his wife, Nannette Webb Lites, were appointed as missionaries by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and served thirty-four years in various countries in East Asia and Latin America. While serving overseas, Dr. Lites taught music theory, church music administration, and hymnology at the Taiwan Baptist Seminary and directed the Seminary choir. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Lites also directed the Taipei YMCA Oratorio Chorus in numerous public concerts, including a presentation of the Messiah, with orchestral accompaniment. He was also active in the expatriate community, directing a performance of HMS Pinafore, as well as a concert of Christmas music.

As music director for the Baptist Mass Communication Center in Taiwan, Dr. Lites assisted in preparing music for radio and television programs, often doing solos and directing choral groups in local television productions. He organized an evangelistic music group that regularly gave concerts in churches, schools, and public venues in Taiwan.

He has written numerous musical compositions in English, Chinese, and Spanish that have been sung by the choral groups which he directed. When Taiwan Baptists celebrated 150 years of Baptist work in China, Dr. Lites was asked to set the text of the celebratory hymn to music.

Following his retirement from mission service, Dr. Lites began teaching a music appreciation course at Pulaski Technical College, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2006, he organized the first mixed choir at the school, presenting two public concerts during the next two years. He also wrote the school's first alma mater, premiering the composition as a part of the choir's first concert. In 2007, Dr. Lites was honored by the school as teacher of the year for teaching excellence. He was also a lecturer at the first Global Conference on Music Missions, speaking on the subject "Art Music vs. Heart Music."

Currently Dr. Lites serves as president of the California Graduate School of Ministry, which offers post-graduate training for Chinese musicians. At DBU, Dr. Lites teaches the course "Ethnomusicology in Christian Missions." He is a member of the Singing Men of North Texas, the American Choral Directors Society and the Hymn Society.

Dr. Lites continues to relate to the Chinese Christian community, preaching regularly in Mandarin Chinese. He enjoys writing poetry and playing golf. Dr. and Mrs. Lites have two adult children and four grandchildren.

 

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