Kevin Riehle

Kevin Riehle

Director of Choral Activities, Fine Arts Department chair

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. In 2018, he was privileged to lead the choirs for the national funerals of President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara.

Though coming to public school education 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 and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Washington DC’s National Cathedral, Colonial Williamsburg, as well as 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 in the catalogues of 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 the Doctor of Music Arts degree (ABD) from the Moores School of Music, the University of Houston.

“Papa Riehle” is married to Norma Riehle, a graphic designer/project manager for NS+R Global and Shell International. Together they have six children and seven grandchildren, and one super dog, Chloe!

Casey Carruth, associate director of choirs, AP Theory teacher


Mr. Carruth is excited to be in his third year as associate director.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma State University. He is concluding his 9th year teaching, most recently at North Shore Middle. Prior to joining Galena Park ISD, Mr. Carruth was director of choirs at Spring Branch Middle School. At Spring Branch, he led the choral program to its first sweepstakes awards in more than 20 years, had a record number of All Region Choir members, was named the 2017 Rookie Teacher of the Year, and was named the 2018 Spring Branch Middle School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Carruth has also taught in the Coppell and Birdville ISDs. The Coppell A Cappella Choir performed at the 2016 SWACDA Convention during his tenure as assistant director. He has endeared himself to everyone and has made an indelible mark on our department, our learning and singing! 


Contact information

20700 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, Texas, 77450
Phone: 281-237-9264 or