Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Music Staff
DOMINIQUE RØYEM, Music Director/Conductor
Dominique Røyem is the Music Director of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. An active guest conductor, she has worked with ensembles such as the Ukrainian State Orchestra, Plevin Philharmonic, Galveston Symphony, Moores Opera Center, Sugarland Opera, HBU Opera Theatre, and the Houston Civic Orchestra. She was the Resident Conductor for Bayou City Concert Musicals, and Music Director for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! during the 12-13 and 13-14 seasons, and the Conducting Fellow for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season. She serves on the National Board of the Conductors Guild.
She has a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Her dissertation, entitled “Generic Integration and Its Expressive Potential in the Music of Kurt Weill and Richard Rodgers,” uses semiotic and genre theory to illuminate the similarities between opera and musical theatre in the 1940s and 1950s. Dominique currently lectures at the Women’s Institute of Houston.
GREGORY McDANIEL, Associate Conductor/Orchestra and Chorus
Gregory D. McDaniel is a conductor and passionate educator who is active in many different musical surroundings. He is entering his fifth season as Assistant Conductor of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, and he also serves as the Associate Director of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In the 2017- 2018 season, Gregory served as the Conducting Fellow for the Allentown Symphony for their season-opening concert. In previous seasons, he has conducted the works of Berlioz, Elgar, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Beethoven, and more. Additionally, he has conducted stage performances of opera and musical theatre, including Poulenc’s Dailogues des Carmelites, Once on this Island, and Little Shop of Horrors. As an educator, he is the Director of Music Activities at Alief Taylor High School.
ADAM J. HIGHTOWER-MORENO, Chorus Director
Adam J. Hightower-Moreno serves as the Chorus Director for the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Outside of his duties with FBSOC, Adam is the Head Choir Director at Alief Elsik High School in Houston, Texas.
Adam has been invited to conduct and clinic ensembles for numerous occasions, including the Phi Mu Alpha Men of Song Chorus, Texas Choral Directors Association Convention and Reading Sessions, and was a finalist in the 2007 Undergraduate division of the American Choral Directors Association Student Conducting Competition.
Adam holds degrees in choral conducting and music education from the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (MMus.) and Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas (BMus.). His professional affiliations include American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda-National Music Honor Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.