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Christie Chiles Twillie

Christie Chiles Twillie

Biography

Christie’s Bachelor and Masters studies were in Piano Performance at West Virginia University from which she also holds a minor in Dance. Prior to working in musical theatre she performed as a concert pianist, orchestra pianist and chamber musician and danced in semi-professional dance companies. For over 20 years she has trained pianists to attend conservatory, judged competitions and instructed piano master classes.

Currently Christie works full time as Music Director, Piano Conductor, Accompanist and Vocal Coach for Musical Theatre. She also is a Sound Designer and Composer fluent in Logic, MainStage, Ableton, Finale, and regularly programs and makes professional recordings for shows. Her strong sight reading skills have also made her a highly sought after audition and rehearsal accompanist. Her music directing/piano conductor credits include over 40 musicals. Straight play compositional credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (Invictus); America 2.0 (Definition); Harrison River’s We Are Continuous (GEVA), Isaac’s Gomez’s The Way She Spoke (Milwaukee Chamber), The Niceties (Forward), The Mountain Top (American Players). Christie’s film scores can be heard in Alone, The Pandemic Trilogy, and in The Clearing, a short film selected for the 2021 Milwaukee Film Festival.

In 2019, Christie was awarded the Footlights Best Musical Direction Award for a Professional Production (Five Guys Named Moe), and a Rachel Rockwell Fierce Women Behind The Table, award for Music Direction by Porchlight Music Theatre. In 2018, she earned a BTAA nomination for Best Music Direction (Yellowman).  In 2017, she was a Chicago Broadway World Finalist for Best Music Direction, (Big Fish). Regional musical credits include Five Guys Named Moe, Newsies, and The Gospel at Colonus (Skylight) and the Chicago premier of Porchlight Music Theatre’s Minnie’s Boys.

Christie is member of AFM 10-208 A.F.M.; MUSE - Musicians United for Social Equity, and is a MAESTRA Board Member. She also served two terms as President of the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association her local association for MTNA.

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • TV/Film

Regions

  • Chicago/Midwest

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Dance Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Sound Designer/Composer
  • Home Studio Whiz
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Voice teacher with roster of private students
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
  • Actor-Musician
  • Other

My Instruments

  • Accordion
  • Harpsichord
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice

Software

  • Ableton
  • Digital Performer
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Pro-Tools
  • QLab
  • Other

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
  • ASCAP
  • MUSE

Person of Color?

  • Yes

Pronouns

  • She/Her