Christie Chiles Twillie
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 has also made her a highly sought after audition and rehearsal accompanist. Regional Theatre credits include Skylight Music Theatre’s “Five Guys Named Moe,” “Newsies,” and “The Gospel at Colonus.” Porchlight Music Theatre’s “Minnie’s Boys,” as well as the northwest suburban premier of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (LZP Productions), The Last Five Years (Big Noise Theatre), and A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd (Devonshire Playhouse). Christie earned a BTA nomination for ‘Best Music Direction’ for her original score for ‘Yellowman’ (Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre). She was the 2019 Footlights Winner for “Best Musical Direction” for a Professional Production (Five Guys Named Moe at Skylight, Milwaukee) and a 2018 Broadway World Finalist in Chicago for ‘Best Music Direction’ for Big Fish: The Musical (Big Noise). Christie also composed original scores for In The Red & Brown Water (Northwestern University); and the score short film, ‘Alone.’ In 2013, Christie created her music production company, Music for Theatre CHICAGO. The company’s most recent project, ‘HOMELAND 24: The People’s Play’ is based on a three-part novel series she wrote. The theatrical version based on the first book was also written, directed and scored/sound designed by her. In March 2020, she will stage direct two operas (Trifles, and Sojourner Truth) for Thompson Street Opera Company.
Christie is a member of Chicago Federation of Musicians (AFM 10-208); ASCAP and MTNA and is currently finishing her second term as President of The Chicago Area Music Teachers Association.
- Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
- Theatrical Composer (Music only)
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- 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
- Synth - keyboards
- Digital Performer
- THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)