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Kevin Raymond Riehle has enjoyed a long and varied career as a choral musician, having prepared choirs for the church and the concert stage for more than 30 years. At home in all musical genres, his work as a conductor and choral trainer has earned praise throughout the country.
In 2003, he founded his professional chamber choir CANTARE Houston, an ensemble which has won critical and popular acclaim throughout the city. The choir has collaborated with such Houston ensembles as Mercury Baroque Ensemble, the Sandra Organ Dance Ensemble, Divisi Strings, the Rob Landes Jazz trio and solo artists Melissa Givens, Timothy Hester, and Keith Weber. The choir has performed in the city's most acoustically and visually superb venues. CANTARE's frequent appearances at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has produced annual sold-out holiday concerts, and invigorating “walking concerts&rdquo through the galleries, pairing great art and great a cappella choral music. Now in its eighth season, CANTARE sets the standard for excellence and unique innovative programming.
As director of choral activities at James E. Taylor High School, Katy, TX, he oversees a diverse an award-winning program which has grown to nearly 250 students. In January, 2010, he led the massed choir in a performance of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass in New York's Carnegie Hall. In summer 2010, Kevin was named choirmaster of the Parish Choir at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church, the largest church in the denomination. He led the choir on a concert tour to England in summer of 2010 performing at Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, and St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. He has directed music ministry programs for churches in Lubbock, Tyler and Houston. From 1984 to 1987 he directed the Lubbock Civic Chorale and prepared choruses for the Lubbock Symphony and later for the East Texas Symphony Orchestras. In 1988, in inaugurated the Marvin Concert Series at Marvin United Methodist Church, a significant offering of music events which successfully continues to this day.
He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2001 directing Beethoven's Mass in C and returned in 2003 to lead a performance of Te Deum settings by Holst and Haydn. He has conducted much of the standard choral repertoire including the major mass and requiem settings, cantatas, motets and newly-commissioned works.
His interests extend beyond concert and liturgy to include musical theater production, having conducted performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Snoopy, The King and I, and Seussical the Musical. From 2004-2007 he was music director for HITS Theatre at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
As a composer, Riehle's works have found a regular place in the repertoire of choirs in this country and abroad and are listed in the catalogues of Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, Choristers Guild, and Abingdon Press.
He holds degrees in vocal performance from Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio 1979), in choral conducting and sacred music from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas 1982) and post-graduate work done in choral studies at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas). He was on three occasions selected for the Robert Shaw Choral Institute at Carnegie Hall. He has completed coursework for the DMA degree program in Choral Conducting at the University of Houston. He is married to Norma Riehle, founder of 2 Chairs Design, a web and graphic design firm, and collaborator with CANTARE Houston.
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