Kathy L. Hackett is the Director of Choral Music at Plano West Senior High School located in the Dallas area and the Leader of the West Cluster Choral Feeder Program in which she oversees seven schools. She has had the joyous opportunity to teach in a variety of high schools including Liberty and Kingwood, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Plano.
Mrs. Hackett recently served as the Choral Vice President of Texas Music Adjudicators Association in which she trained teachers across the State in UIL procedures, rules, and rubrics for judging competitions and festivals in concert and sight reading. She has developed and presented workshops in various areas at music conferences. Mrs. Hackett has served as the All-State Organizer and section leader on several occasions for TMEA. She was the 2014 recipient of the Texas Choral Director's Association Choral Excellence Award.
The choirs under her direction have received consistent Sweepstakes and first divisions at UIL and festivals and she has placed numerous students in the All-Region and All-State Choirs. Her choirs have been selected to perform at TMEA and the Southwest ACDA conferences. Mrs. Hackett has served as a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator throughout the State as well as in the Southeast, Colorado, and Alaska. Her professional affiliates include TMEA, TCDA, ACDA and TMAA. She takes great pride in the number of students who have made a career in music education, music performance, music business and law, music therapy and Church music.
Ms. Hackett and her husband, Paul, have two wonderful sons, Kevin and Stephen.
Sarah Council is in her fifth year as Associate Director of the Plano West Senior High School Choirs, having previously held the position of Director of Choirs at Shepton High School, one of the two 9th and 10th grade feeders to Plano West. Her Choirs have received many honors, including a 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Invited Performing Choir, Best in Class and Overall Outstanding at competitions across Texas, consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, and many students placing in All-Region and All-State Choirs. In addition to her work at Plano West, Mrs. Council serves as the Vocal Chair for the TMEA Region 24, having previously served the same role for the TMEA Region 25.
Mrs. Council is a graduate of Baylor University, has served as Soprano Section Leader for the 2010 Texas All State Mixed Choir, and has spent summers as a section leader for several Texas All-State Choir Camps. She is a member of TMEA, TCDA, TMAA and ACDA. Several former students of Mrs. Council are enjoying careers in Music Education, Opera and Musical Theatre, while even more are enjoying being lifelong musicians while pursuing other careers.
Mrs. Council resides in Plano with her husband, Doug, who is also a Choir Director. Mr. and Mrs. Council have a son, Mason, and 3 rescue dogs: Sadie, Sully and Stella!