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!
Mr. Austin Hart is so excited to be in his third year at Westlake High School! In 2013, Austin received his Bachelor of Choral Music Education and Certificate of Vocal Performance from the University of Texas under the direction of Dr. Suzanne Pence. Following his undergraduate studies, Austin was accepted into the Butler Opera Center at the University of Texas to complete his Masters in Vocal Performance in 2015.
Mr. Hart began his teaching career at Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas. He was hired in the school’s third year of existence and quickly joined the overall success of the choir program there. While at Tompkins, Austin worked with the school’s first Varsity Men’s Choir, the Non-Varsity Men’s choir, and created the first Falcon Faculty Choir. Mr. Hart also had the privilege of assisting the Tompkins Varsity Mixed Chorale in their performance at the 2019 TMEA Convention in San Antonio.
Outside of work, Mr. Hart serves his church and community both vocally and instrumentally. While he was living in the Houston area, he was a member of both the Houston Men’s Choir, as well as the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. Mr. Hart had the incredible opportunity to perform major works and participate in two European tours with the symphony chorus including a featured performance at the Bach Festival in Leipzig with the select Houston Symphony Chamber Choir.
Outside of his musical pursuits, Mr. Hart enjoys water sports, traveling, carpentry, disc golf, and serving with his church community. His greatest joy is spending time with his wife, Jen Hart, assistant choir director at West Ridge Middle School, and their adorable dog Lucy. The 2021-2022 School year will bring a new adventure to the Harts as they welcome their first child this fall!