Our Director

Dr. Tim Pahel

Tim Pahel is a Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Chair of the Music Department at Monmouth College. His duties include directing the Monmouth College Chorale and Chamber Choir, teaching private voice, conducting, and courses in the Music Education curriculum. Prior to coming to Monmouth, Dr. Pahel served as Assistant Professor and Music Coordinator at Carl Sandburg College and also taught courses and directed ensembles at Knox College.


Dr. Pahel has toured with the Monmouth Chorale both nationally and internationally, including trips to Spain, Italy and to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2018, conducting the Monmouth Chorale and other high school and college choirs as well as the New England Symphony Ensemble in a performance of Vaughan William's Dona nobis pacem.

Dr. Pahel has been the director of the Galesburg Community Chorus since 2001, and with the group has conducted numerous major works for chorus and orchestra including, most recently, Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, and Orff's Carmina Burana.

Dr. Pahel holds a bachelor's degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, a master's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied conducting with Dr. Timothy Stalter.

An active member of the American Choral Director Association, Music Educator's National Conference, the Illinois Music Educator's Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Dr. Pahel is a frequent adjudicator for high school solo and ensemble contests as well as a clinician for large group contests and festivals.