What I do ...
I'm a pianist, keyboardist, and Music Director, who also provides professional music services based in Winnipeg, Canada.
I offer a unique variety of skills, services, and experience. In the world of musical theatre, working as a Music Director/Conductor, pit orchestra musician, and keyboard programmer, I enjoy how the work incorporates many of my skills and creative interests, and allows me to meet and collaborate with amazing and talented people from across Canada. My experience includes being a collaborative accompanist, pianist, and keyboardist with university and school groups, for dance classes, church services, with various bands, and many musical productions. I also offer services that include recording, teaching, arranging, re-orchestrating, copying (engraving), keyboard programming, and publishing.
In August 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I became a licensed real estate agent and you can learn more by visiting my real estate website at www.andrewsthilaire.com.
Music Director/Conductor: Matilda (Citadel Theatre); Pippin, 9 to 5 the Musical, Sister Act (MacEwan University); Carousel, Parade (Opera NUOVA); Side Show (Citadel Theatre Young Company); The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions); A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Annie, Footloose, Cats, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, RENT (Rainbow Stage); Bloodless (White Rabbit Productions); Into The Woods (District Theatre Collective); Spring Awakening, Hersteria (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); The Last Five Years (Act Natural Productions); RENT, Sweeney Todd (Academy of Acting); The Producers, Beauty And The Beast (Neptune Theatre)
Associate Music Director: Mary Poppins, Les Misérables (Western Canada Theatre), Mary Poppins (Persephone Theatre); Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage)
Orchestra Musician: The Color Purple, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Crazy For You (The Citadel Theatre); City Of Angels (MacEwan University); H.M.S Pinafore (Opera NUOVA), The Legend Of Zelda: The Symphony Of The Goddesses (MGP Live); The Book Of Mormon, Wicked (Broadway Across Canada); Billy Elliot, Cabaret, Next To Normal, White Christmas, The Boys In The Photograph, Rocky Horror Show, The Drowsy Chaperone (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Hairspray, Beauty And The Beast, The Wizard Of Oz, The Sound Of Music (Rainbow Stage); The Boys In The Photograph (Mirvish Productions)
Reduction & Programming: Matilda (Arts Club); Billy Elliot (City Springs Theater Company); Billy Elliot (Theatre Calgary); The Color Purple, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Crazy For You (Citadel Theatre); Pippin, 9 to 5 the Musical, Sister Act (MacEwan University); Mary Poppins (Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Rainbow Stage); Les Misérables (Western Canada Theatre, Rainbow Stage); The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions); The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Annie, Footloose, Cats, Hairspray (Rainbow Stage); The Color Purple, Matilda, Cabaret, Next To Normal, White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)
- Clear conducting ability while also playing keyboard
- Tasteful re-orchestrations for reduced orchestra sizes
- Keyboard programming using Mainstage, Cantabile, and hardware
- Expert with Finale and Sibelius music notation software for score preparation and alterations
- Preparing and providing online tools and resources for casts and orchestra musicians
Created Online Music Software
I developed and coded a new, online software application I named MixMyPart.com. It lets singers and musicians learn and rehearse individual parts while controlling/mixing how much they hear of all the other parts at the same time and more.
Produced A Musical
The Last Five Years was a show I was eager for an opportunity to perform, so I decided to produce it myself, with the full orchestration. It was joy to play, and a very educational and rewarding experience.
I really like a cappella choirs and how the human voice is so versatile in its ability to produce so many different sounds. I enjoy creating arrangements of popular tunes for choirs to sing when I have the time, and it's fun trying to reproduce the sound of instruments and recreate a familiar tune with voices alone.