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.
Chris Vineis is joining the Westlake High School choir program as Assistant Director and couldn't be more excited!
Ms. Vineis received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University where she studied conducting and private voice with famed American composer and conductor, Z. Randall Stroope. At OSU, she served as a soprano section leader and was a frequent featured soloist in recordings with Concert Chorale and the Spirit of OSU Jazz Ensemble. After graduating OSU, Ms. Vineis entered the University of Texas at Austin to pursue and attain a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting Performance. There she studied conducting with Dr. JD Burnett and Dr. Suzanne Pence, and served as TA for multiple choral area courses. Ms. Vineis had the privilege of teaching UT’s first ever class on Vocal Fundamentals. Lastly, she directed UT’s premiere pop ensemble, the Longhorn Singers.
Ms. Vineis is an Austin native and two-time TMEA All-State singer! She is the current music director at the Church at Highland Park. In addition, she received level I Kodály certification at the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Vineis, who has been described as a lyric coloratura soprano, toured Scandinavia, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany with the OSU Concert Chorale and sings with the professional ensemble New American Voices.
Suffice it to say, Ms. Vineis wants all to know she is SO proud to join the esteemed and talented Westlake High School choir program!
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.