- Master of Arts in Music, Western Michigan University
- Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance, Western Michigan University
- Bachelor Arts in International and Global Studies, Western Michigan University
Thalea studied classical and jazz bass under Tom Knific at WMU. In addition to orchestra and symphonic band performance, Thalea has played in a variety of chamber groups, one of which premiered a string quintet composed by Thalea in 2010.
Thalea has played professionally in the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta, GA), the WMU Symphony Orchestra, as well as having assisted in the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the WMU opera chorus, the WMU symphonic band, the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Fiddlers. Thalea also has interests in ethnomusicology, with expertise in traditional Chinese and traditional Mongolian musics. She has recently taken a break from major ensemble performances to conduct research on traditional Mongolian music in China.