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Celisse Tan

Film Scoring | Editing

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About Celisse Tan

Celisse is a composer for visual media based near San Francisco, California. She is a bassist, pianist, and Philippine instrumentalist whose compositions cover a range of genres, including grand orchestral scores, flowing synth textures, upbeat pop songs, and traditional instrumentation. Recent composing credits on short films include Sarah Lim's Moonflower, Eric Bailey Jr.'s Take My Hand, and Jason Yamamoto's When You Leave.


From a young age, Celisse trained classically in piano and voice. She also grew up immersed in Philippine music through her involvement with Haranistas de Manila, a premier Philippine ethnic percussion and Rondalla ensemble in California. At age 10, she joined the group as its youngest principal musician, playing bass and kulintang. Since then, she has continued to hone her skills and participates in orchestras both as a bassist and cellist. 


A natural storyteller since childhood, Celisse was drawn by the power of music in telling stories without words, especially through film and television. While pursuing her BFA in Film Editing and Film Music at Chapman University and her MM in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music, Celisse was able to score student films and collaborate with directors both in-person and remotely. She continues to write music for short films and has been awarded for her work at film festivals both in the United States and internationally.


When not writing music, Celisse likes to dance and paint. She loves experimenting with cooking and baking, and she enjoys a good afternoon tea.


“Celisse always makes the process fun, even in the tricky moments where you’re stuck and trying to crack the code. At the end of the day, she understands the common goal of creating the best product possible and gives her all in time and talent to make it happen.”

—  Michael Gribble (dir. Stacy's Mom)

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