Patricia Thel is the director and founder of the Westminster Conservatory Children's Choir Program, the Conservatory children's choir program founded in 1989. She is also the artistic director of the Trenton Children's Chorus. Previously she has served as an adjunct instructor in the music education department at Westminster Choir College and at Ithaca School of Music. She has also taught as middle school choral/general music instructor at Princeton Day School. Before moving to Princeton, she served as assistant choral conductor and children's choir director at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, in the Fulton County schools in Atlanta, and in Fairfax County schools in the Washington, D.C. area. She sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw.
In addition to her teaching and choral conducting in the Princeton area, she has conducted workshops outside the state and has worked to perform collaborative concerts with other choirs in the community. She has worked with contemporary composers such as John Magnussen and Francisco Nunez to premiere new works. Her choirs have performed regularly with the Westminster Community Orchestra and twice with the Princeton University Orchestra.
Mrs. Thel received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Master of Music from East Carolina University, where she taught as a graduate assistant.