Tim Pahel conducting at Carnegie Hall in spring 2018.

Timothy Pahel

Professor and Chair, Music 

Rm 111 Austin Hall 309-457-2171


Tim Pahel is a professor of music and the director of choral and vocal activities. His duties include directing the Monmouth Chorale and Chamber Choir, teaching music history, music theory, and courses in the music education curriculum. Prior to Monmouth, Pahel served as assistant professor and music coordinator at Carl Sandburg College and also taught courses and directed ensembles at Knox College.

Dr. Pahel is the director of the Galesburg Community Chorus. Works he has conducted with that group include Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Pahel holds a bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, a master of music degree from the University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa, where he studied conducting with Dr. Timothy Stalter. While a student at the University of Iowa, Dr. Pahel conducted Camerata, one of the university’s auditioned choral ensembles.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Pahel is a frequent adjudicator for high school solo and ensemble contests as well as a clinician for high school choirs.


Music Theory, Senior Research Methods, Chorale, Chamber Choir, Private Voice


B.A. – Lawrence (Wisconsin) University
M.S. – University of Illinois
Ph.D. – University of Iowa

Courses Taught

MUSI 181: Monmouth Chorale

MUSI 134: Monmouth Chamber Choir

MUSI 151/152: Applied Voice

MUSI 301: Introduction to Conducting

MUSI 256: Vocal Diction and Literature

MCTE 383: Secondary Vocal Music Curriculum and Instruction

INTG 101: Introduction to Liberal Arts