Meet The Directors

 

Stephanie Mouat

Director of Choirs

Bachelor of Music

University of Wyoming

Master of Music

New England Conservatory

of Music

Texas Teacher Certification

McMurry University

Brittany Gurganus

Director of Choirs

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music

Hardin-Simmons University

Texas Teacher Certification

McMurry University

Stephanie Mouat, Director of Choirs - Wylie High School and Wylie East Junior High

Ms. Mouat began her teaching career as a private studio voice teacher, and taught voice, lyric diction, and opera scenes at the University of Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington.  Prior to settling in Abilene, she was a member of the voice faculties of Lamar University and Ohio University. Trained as a classical singer, Ms. Mouat has performed across the U.S. as soloist in concert with orchestras as well as opera and oratorio companies. Festival appearances include the Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Bay View Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Mouat began teaching choral music at Abilene High School in 2008 as the assistant director, and was Head Director from 2012-2017. Under her direction, the Abilene High Choirs received consistent Sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contests. During her tenure, Abilene High Choir students frequently placed in the All-Region and All-State Choirs, as well as at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin. She regularly coached students who participated in the Choir & Theater Department musicals at AHS, many of whom received outstanding individual nominations at Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theater Awards. The AHS Show Choir, Pure Gold, was featured two years in a row with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, and the AHS Bella Voce Women's Choir was invited to perform with Abilene Christian University Combined Choirs in Orff's Carmina Burana in 2013.  In May of 2017, Ms. Mouat accepted the job of Head Director of Choirs at Wylie High School. With the building of Wylie East Junior High, Ms. Mouat's role expanded to teaching 6th-8th grade Choirs at WEJH. Besides her teaching duties, Ms. Mouat is a frequent adjudicator of UIL Solo and Ensemble Contests, and has done outside consulting work on lyric diction and pronounciation of various singing languages.  She is a member of ACDA, TCDA, TMEA, and TMAA.  Ms. Mouat is the proud mother of three children; two daughters in college and a son who is a senior in high school.

Brittany Gurganus, Director of Choirs - Wylie West Junior High

Mrs. Gurganus is in her 7th year of teaching at Wylie, and loves being here.  She grew up in Abilene and attended school in Wylie, and graduated from Wylie High School. Mrs. Gurganus spent her first 3 years as an assistant, teaching 5th grade general music and the Junior High Choirs part-time. She currently serves as the Director of Choirs at Wylie West Junior High and teaches 5th grade music. During her tenure, the Choirs have consistently received Excellent and Superior ratings at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contests. In 2015-2017 the Junior High Treble Choir received a Sweepstakes with straight 1st Division ratings!  Mrs. Gurganus looks forward to continued growth in all of the Middle School and Junior High choirs!

Mrs. Gurganus graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hardin-Simmons University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music and a minor in English.  She earned her teacher certification through McMurry University.  She completed her student teaching at Abilene High and taught one semester of English 1 STAAR remediation to several groups of students.  Her first job at Wylie was actually teaching English STAAR remediation during Summer School.  She was offered a music job, and began teaching full time in the fall of 2013. Mrs. Gurganus is a member of TCDA and TMEA.

She and her husband Brandon have a son, Braddock and a daughter, Braelyn. They also have 2 cats, Maestro Mickey (a tuxedo cat) and Aurora (a tabby, but she had to have a Disney name!).  As a family, they love vacationing to Disney World! Mrs. Gurganus loves spending time with her family and playing card and board games.