In this class, music director Christie Chiles Twillie will talk about the specific challenges required to translate a piece of music that has been successful in one style (gospel, rock and roll, ragtime, classical) to fit the specific dramaturgical needs of the stage. How does a song that was written for the radio become a moment in a musical to push a story forward? What is it like to collaborate with an arranger? How is it different when YOU are the arranger? What skills are needed to get theatrical performances out of singers who have traditionally performed in other genres?
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.
Christie’s Maestra profile: https://maestramusic.org/profile/christie-chiles-twillie/