Meet the Directors

Ed Snouffer

Ed Snouffer is enjoying his 23rd year with Eanes ISD.  During the school year, Mr. Snouffer serves as head director of Westlake High School Choirs.  Since being named head director, the choir program at Westlake has grown to include 8 choirs involving approximately 400 students.  The 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 American Classic Madrigal Festival, San Antonio. 

Mr. Snouffer has received numerous teaching honors including Lake Travis ISD Teacher Of The Year, Texas Region XIII Teacher Of The Year, multiple listings in Who’s Who of American Teachers, and several 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 an adjudicator, clinician and accompanist for choirs across Texas, and has served as accompanist for state honor choirs at TMEA, and an honor choir at the ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City. 

Mr. Snouffer is married to Andrea Snouffer, head choir director at West Ridge Middle School in Eanes ISD.  Together they have two children:  Lauren, a world-class opera singer and Emily, a dancer in New York City.

Jenn Goodner

Jenn Goodner is pleased to be a part of the vibrant Westlake High School Choir community.  She has been a part of the choir staff since 2007 and in addition to her conducting responsibilities, which have included Chaparral Women, Concert Women and Chamber Women, she directs the annual musical.  Ms. Goodner is also the Artistic Director of the 100+ member Tapestry Singers, Austin's Women's Chorus.  

 

Prior to her appointment at Westlake, Ms. Goodner was Director of Choirs at Deerpark Middle School in Round Rock Independent School District, where she was named Teacher of the Year and her choirs were featured on News 8 Austin and Fox News 7. From 2004-2008, Goodner served as the Children’s Treble Choir Director at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin. Ms. Goodner  has  considerable experience with treble and women’s choirs, having been invited twice to serve as section leader for the Texas All-State Women’s Choir. She has also served on the faculties of the Summer Performing Arts Academy at St. David’s and the University of Texas Longhorn Music Camp. 

 

Ms. Goodner began her teaching career in suburban Houston where she was one of three members of the choral faculty at Kingwood High School. During her time there, the Kingwood Choirs were guests of The United Nations and The White House, and she helped prepare them for conductors Moses Hogan, Robert Sund, Maria Guinand, Donald Bailey, Charles Bruffy, and Craig Hella Johnson. As a choral singer, Ms. Goodner has performed with the Houston Masterworks Chorus and Conspirare Symphonic Chorus. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.  She is an active member of of Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), and  Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA).

When not working with choirs, Ms. Goodner enjoys spending time with her husband Mark and their three children: Tylar, Wilkes and Graham and their new puppy Everly.

Austin Hart

Austin Hart is so excited to join the choir team at Westlake High School! As a former resident of the capital city, Austin is thrilled to return to the greatest city in the world.

 

In 2013, Austin received his Bachelors 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.

 

Austin was blessed to begin his career at Tompkins High School in Katy Texas. He was hired in the school’s third year of existence and quickly joined the mission of developing a tradition of academic, extracurricular and overall success. During his tenure at Tompkins, Austin helped create the school’s first Varsity Men’s Choir, doubled the size of the Non-Varsity Men’s choir, and created the first Falcon Faculty Choir. Austin 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, Austin is a multi-talented musician who serves his church and community both vocally and instrumentally.  During his time in the Houston area he was an active member of both the Houston Men’s Choir, a non-profit educational performance ensemble, as well as the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber.  Austin had the incredible opportunity to perform many major works and even go on two European tours with the symphony chorus including a featured performance at the Bach Festival in Leipzig with the select Houston Symphony Chamber Choir. When he is not doing music, Austin enjoys water sports, traveling, carpentry and serving with his church community. His greatest joy is spending time with his wonderful wife, Jen Hart and their adorable dog Lucy.