November 9, 2017
Steinway Piano Gallery of Naperville

Christie Chiles Twillie

Pianist Christie Chiles Twillie is a Chicago based pianist, teacher and Music Director. Since 2000, she has worked at the music school Piano Lessons In Your Home, Inc. where she has served in a variety of capacities including Piano Pedagogy Faculty Member, National Artistic Director, and currently as Artistic & Operations Director. Christie’s musical education began when she was just 4 years old. Her father, who is also a professional musician, taught her and many others at their music school in her hometown of Montgomery, WV. At age 8, she won a piano competition in Toronto Canada which in turn led to her studying piano with Dr. Charlotte E. Giles at West Virginia State College. She remained under Dr. Giles’ tutelage until moving on to college to pursue her dreams as a piano performance major. Both Christie’s Bachelor and Masters’ Degree studies were at West Virginia University where she was a student of Dr. Peter Amstutz. Over the years, she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras both as a soloist and as an orchestra pianist. These opportunities arose after she won the WVU Young Artist Piano Competition with her performance of Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1.

Christie is the author of six pedagogical courses offered to teachers. The scope of those courses begins with understanding the complex differences between instructional approaches, materials and learning styles, to solving problems, stylistic interpretation, color and expression and mastering virtuosic literature. Over the years, she has become known as a compassionate and consummate problem solver/technician. As private instructor, she has taught for over 20 years and has prepared students to secure positions at colleges and conservatories as piano performance majors and prize winners. Since 2006, she has worked as a Masterclass presenter for teachers and students across the country, and she has adjudicated many events. Currently Christie is the President of Chicago Area Music Teacher’s Association (CAMTA).

In 2013, Christie founded of Music For Theatre CHICAGO, a theatrical music production company that provides musicians, music directors and original compositions for productions. Music for Theatre Chicago also produces full scale musicals and cabarets, most notably Spring Awakening, The Inauguration Cabaret: Songs of Hope and Protest and Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party. Other recent projects she has Music Directed include The Last Five Years, Big Fish (Big Noise Theatre), Yellowman (Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre), West Side Story, (Music on Stage), Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar and A Little Night Music (Devonshire Playhouse) and Spoon River Anthology (EDGE Theatre). She composed the original score for Fleetwood Jourdain’s production of Yellowman, which earned her a nomination for ‘Best Music Direction’ by the BTAC. Currently she’s composing the score for Northwestern University’s production of In The Red and Brown Water. Christie thanks her husband Mat and her son Alassane for their love and continual support.

Which Pieces Comes Next? Is a two-part instructional presentation that isolates the ordering of concepts and literature so that students can progress to their fullest potential. The program starts with a discussion about beginners and the concepts they must master to become a virtuosic and expressive player. The greatest component of acquiring this mastery is based in discussions of sound, listening, reading, harmonic rhythms and the correct sequencing of literature outside of method series. The goal of this presentation is to expand upon the notion that although talent naturally assists students, it’s actually their ability to see the simplest components in complex music that unleashes their talent.

Part 1: Beginner to Late Intermediate

Part 2: Late Intermediate to Advanced/Virtuosic Levels









All on Thursdays beginning at 9:15 a.m.

October 12  
George Radosavljevic “Wind and Water: Debussy and Motion” Steinway Piano Gallery

November 9

Christie Chiles Twillie “Which Piece Comes Next?”
Steinway Piano Gallery

January 11
Kathy Sbarboro
“Before, During and Beyond: Musical Experiences for the Young Piano Student”
Steinway Piano Gallery

February 8
Svetlana Belsky
“The Psychology of Practice and Performance”
Steinway Piano Gallery

March 8
Heidi Mayer Masterclass 
Steinway Piano Gallery

April 12
Mary Helen Ekstam “Music and the Brain”
Steinway Piano Gallery

May 10
Liang-He Piano Duo
“A Kaleidoscope of Four-Hand Music”
White Eagle Country Club



Steinway Piano Gallery of Naperville
1800 Shore Rd. Unit B, Naperville.

3400 Club Drive, Naperville, 60564 Located south of Montgomery Rd., and north of 95 Street.
From Rt. 59 go west on White Eagle Dr. and follow signs to club house.