Mr. Edward Snouffer is enjoying his twenty-fourth year with Eanes ISD and serving as Head Director of the Choir program at Westlake. Since being named Head Director, the choir program at Westlake has grown to include 8 choirs involving approximately 300 students. The Westlake choirs are consistent UIL Sweepstakes winners and have been honored at festivals around the country. The choirs stay busy with school, community and civic events. Westlake Choirs consistently place several students in the Texas All-State Choir, the state’s highest honor for high school singers, while the select Madrigals at Westlake have been named a Choir of Distinction at the prestigious American Classic Madrigal Festival, San Antonio multiple times.
Mr. Snouffer has received numerous teaching honors including Lake Travis ISD District Teacher of the Year, Texas Region XIII Teacher of the Year, multiple listings in Who’s Who of American Teachers, the Eanespiration Award for Educational Impact and many Westlake Golden Apple Awards recognizing teachers for positive educational impact. Most recently, Mr. Snouffer was named Westlake Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.
In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Snouffer has been a member of Grammy Award-winning Conspirare, an Austin-based professional choir, performing on two of the group’s recordings. Mr. Snouffer serves as Associate Music Director at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Austin. He is sought out as an adjudicator, clinician, and accompanist for choirs across Texas, and has served as accompanist for state honor choirs at Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and an honor choir at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Salt Lake City. Mr. Snouffer is an adjudicator for American Classics Music Festivals and during the summer months, he directs the Wimberley Community Chorus.
Mr. Snouffer is married to Andrea Snouffer, head choir director at West Ridge Middle School in Eanes ISD. Together they have 2 children, Lauren, a world-class opera singer and Emily, a dancer and fitness instructor in New York City.
Mrs. Kelsi Miller is excited to be joining the Westlake High School family this year! Mrs. Miller’s dreamed from a young age to be a choir director hoping to inspire students to love music. She grew up in Watauga, TX, just outside of Fort Worth, where she attended school in Birdville ISD. Her experience in the 7th grade region choir changed her life, and after that experience, she began her path forward to be a choir director. While in high school, Mrs. Miller was a part of many musicals, show choirs, and choral ensembles. She was a. member of the Texas All-State Choir Women’s and Mixed Choirs during her junior and senior years respectively. Mrs. Miller attended Texas Tech University, majoring in Music Education. During her time at Texas Tech, she worked as a private voice teacher in several middle and high schools throughout Lubbock ISD. Mrs. Miller stayed at Texas Tech to complete her Master Degree in Music Education, and graduated in 2016.
For the past 5 years, Mrs. Miller has lived in Chicago within walking distance of Wrigley Field. For the first 3 years, she taught music in West Aurora, IL, where she directed the choir and traveled to perform at the Chicago Wolves hockey games. For the remaining 2 years, Mrs. Miller taught music in Schiller Park, IL. She directed the choirs and co-directed the school’s musical productions. While in Chicago, Mrs. Miller entered the competition Big Break Chicago and was named one of the top 10 finalists.
When she is not teaching, Mrs. Miller spends her time with her husband, Austin, and their cat, Remington. The Millers love to attend Cubs games, try new restaurants, and be outside as much as they can. Mrs. Miller is grateful for her time in Chicago but is very excited about returning to her home state to be close her family and begin her new journey as a Chap!
Originally from Southern Ohio, Matthew Radford is excited to begin his journey at Westlake High School!
Mr. Radford attended the University of Dayton (U.D.) in Dayton, Ohio where he pursued his degree in Choral Music Education. While at U.D., he was a member of the Collegiate Chorale, World Music Choir, Early Music Ensemble, Remedy (pop a cappella), Opera, the Pride of Dayton Marching Band, and various chamber ensembles. In 2015, he competed in the Harmony Sweepstakes National A Cappella finals in San Francisco, California.
Upon competition of his degree at U.D., Mr. Radford taught K-12 music in Lancaster, Ohio. After one short year, he returned to his Alma Mater in Waverly, Ohio. At Waverly High School, he conducted the Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir, and Polarity (pop a
cappella). In addition, he directed the spring musicals and managed the recording studio. In 2019, Mr. Radford had the honor of directing, Polarity, who placed 3rd in the Harmony Sweepstakes National A Cappella competition. Later that year, Polarity released their first studio album, recorded entirely at Waverly High School.
Recently, Mr. Radford completed his Masters of Music Degree in Choral Conducting at Bowling Green State University where he studied with Dr. Richard Schnipke, Dr. Mark Munson, and Dr. Emily Freeman Brown. At the University, Mr. Radford taught Choral Techniques to undergraduate music majors and was the Choral Music Education Teaching Assistant. An advocate of pop a cappella, technology, and contemporary choral arranging, Mr. Radford’s
arrangements can be heard on stages across the country.
In his free time, Mr. Radford enjoys producing music in the studio, binging Netflix shows, spending time with his fiancée, Alyssa, and dogs.