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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 and jazz songs, and traditional instrumentation. Recent composing credits include Timothy Mark Davis' Thank You, Places!, Sarah Lim's Moonflower, and Eric Bailey Jr.'s Take My Hand.


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 loves experimenting with cooking and baking, as well as planning and preparing afternoon tea parties.

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