Lillie is known for her work with young children and instilling a love of music within them. She was an early childhood and general music educator for over thirty years and a conductor for the Connecticut Children’s Chorus for seventeen. She has twice been honored with her district’s Teacher of the Year Award and in 2008 also received the Outstanding Elementary Music Educator Award from the Connecticut Music Educators Association. She is a frequent clinician at local, state and national conferences, presenting on music and movement development. She also conducts regional honors choirs and teaches weeklong workshops around the country including Anderson University (IN), Gordon College (MA), Silver Lake College (WI), and the University of Hartford (CT).