Directors


Kevin Riehle

Kevin Riehle

Director of Choral Activities, Fine Arts Department chair
Email: kevinrriehle@katyisd.org

Kevin Riehle came to Taylor HS in February 2008 as director of choral activities, and in 2009 was named chair of the Fine Arts Department. He brings a wealth of experience to the classroom from the professional music world.  In 2003 he founded the acclaimed professional chamber choir CANTARE Houston, serving as its artistic director and conductor until 2014.  In 2010 he became the choral director of the St. Martin's Choir of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston where he leads the 90 member choir in services, concerts and tours of England and Europe. 

Though coming to public school teaching relatively late in his career, he has always been a teacher. His teaching career includes adjunct positions Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX) and Houston Baptist University. He has directed music and fine arts programs in prominent congregations throughout Texas, and has served as clinician, guest conductor, consultant and vocal instructor throughout the country. His students have taken high honors at solo and ensemble contests and have regularly achieved All-State Choir membership.  He consistently produces sweepstakes-winning choirs and his ensembles have performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Washington DC’s National Cathedral, Colonial Williamsburg, the great cathedrals and halls of England and Europe. In 2001, 2003 and 2010 he conducted large choral/orchestral works in New York's famed Carnegie Hall. The 2010 appearance featured a performance of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with over one hundred members of the Taylor choir department among the nearly 150 chorus members on stage. On three separate occasions, Kevin was selected to participate in the Robert Shaw Choral Workshops at Carnegie Hall.

Kevin is a published composer and arranger with Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, Choristers Guild, Abingdon Press. His compositions have found a regular place in the repertoire of choruses of all ages in the US and abroad.  He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Ohio Northern University, has done post-graduate work at Texas Tech University, and is an ABD candidate for the Doctor of Music Arts degree from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

“Papa Riehle,” as his students refer to him, is married to Norma Riehle, a graphic designer/web designer working in marketing.  Together they have six children and stepchildren and four granddaughters - Kim, Juniper, Olivia and Dylan Jane (DJ Dinorsaur).  

Jo Beth Wasicek

Jo Beth Wasicek

Assistant Director of Choral Activities
Email: JoBWasicek@katyisd.org

Jo Beth Wasicek begins her first year at Taylor High School and Katy ISD.  She received her Bachelor of Music in Education from Oklahoma State University in 2015. At OSU, she sang in the Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Z Randall Stroope for five years. With the choirs, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. Jo Beth was also very active in her sorority, Chi Omega, and with other organizations on campus such as Camp Cowboy and the Student Alumni Board. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and was recognized as an “OSU Senior of Significance” in 2015.

She began her teaching career at Carroll Middle School in Southlake, TX, teaching 6th-8th grade choir, as well as a 5th and 6th grade after school honor choir. At CMS she also served as the cheerleading coach, and as music director of the school musical.

Jo Beth has sung soprano in the Dallas Symphony Chorus and served as cantor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sweeny. In her free time she likes to run, read novels, and is on a mission to visit every National Park in the US. She is very excited to be at Taylor Mustang and looks forward to all that is in store!

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Susie Low

Assistant Choral Director

email:  MarthaSLow@katyisd.org

Susie Low was born and raised in Texas with the influence of beautiful music that Texas music teachers have always provided. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas in 1966 and 1971, majoring in organ and teaching children. Mrs. Low completed the Kodaly Certification offered by the University of Houston in 1986 and had further study in choral conducting at the University of Denver under Dr. John Finley Williamson, founder of Westminster Choir College. Mrs. Low had many wonderful mentors over the years in the areas of choral conducting and children’s voices, such as, Ray Evans, Betty Evans, Mabel Boyter and other children’s vocal specialists.

Mrs. Low has taught in public schools in Dallas, Richardson, Spring Branch and Katy.  Her 6th grade choir from Beckendorff JH was chosen to sing at TMEA 2016 in San Antonio. She has also served Texas churches as organist and children’s choir coordinator. Mrs. Low is the coordinator of Graded Choirs at Tallowood Baptist Church, Houston, with a program of 7 singing choirs, children’s bell choir and other ensembles. 200 children and 60 teachers participate in this program. The children’s choir vision was nurtured by her supportive parents.

Mrs. Low has led children’s choir workshops, clinics and festivals throughout the U.S. and has membership in many wonderful music organizations. She has 2 grown children – a son, who lives with his family in New York and is a minister; and a daughter, who lives with her family in Africa and serves as a missionary. Mrs. Low’s eyes will light up if you ask about her 6 wonderful grandchildren. Music plays a part in all of their lives.

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Contact information

20700 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, Texas, 77450
Phone: 281-237-9264 or
281-237-9265
Email: taylorchoirnews@taylorchoir.org