Patricia Keir began her formal musical studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating with a BA in Music Education and a DRSMD in Solo Performance.

Patricia won all the major piano prizes while a student at the RSAMD, then gained scholarships to continue her piano studies firstly with Viktor Friedman in Philadelphia, USA, then at the Royal College of Music with Irina Zaritzkaya, graduating from the RCM with a MMus in Performance Studies.

Patricia has performed throughout the UK as piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, but chose a career in music education, working at first as a teacher and choral conductor on the Isle of Lewis (part of the Western Isles of Scotland), then as Head of Music at St Mary’s School in Colchester.

In 2000, Patricia was appointed Head of Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, the National Conservatoire of Wales. In 2010, she led a major expansion of the department to encompass the College’s Young Actors Studio and its Outreach, Summer School and Community Programme activity. In 2011-12, the department delivered weekly specialist training in music and drama to over 400 children and young people, as well as outreach projects to over 10,000 participants across Wales.

Patricia joined NYCGB's Board of Trustees in 2014.