DOMINIQUE ROYEM, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Dominique Røyem is the Music Director of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of Bayou City Concert Musicals. An active guest conductor, she has worked with ensembles such as the Ukrainian State Orchestra [Kiev, Ukraine], Plevin Philharmonic [Plevin, Bulgaria], Galveston Symphony, Moores Opera Center, Sugar Land Opera, HBU Opera Theatre, and the Houston Civic Orchestra, and was Music Director for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! during the 12-13 and 13-14 seasons. Dr. Røyem also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board for Imperial Arts, and was the Conducting Fellow for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season.
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 1940’s and 1950’s.
GREGORY MCDANIEL, ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR & CHORUS DIRECTOR
Gregory McDaniel is honored to have the opportunity to support the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra as Director of the newly formed Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Assistant Conductor to the Orchestra this 16-17 Season. Gregory is currently in his seventh year teaching at Dulles Middle School as their Choir Director. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Choral Music Education at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston. During his studies at the Moores School of Music, Gregory competed and won first place in the American Choral Directors Association Undergraduate Conducting Competition in 2009. The 2015-2016 season brought the opportunity for Gregory to conduct his very first opera production: Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélite for EADO Lyric Theatre.
ADRIAN O. RODRIGUEZ, ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR & ASSOCIATE CHORUS DIRECTOR
Adrian O. Rodriguez is excited to join the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra as an assistant conductor to the orchestra and associate director to the chorus. In addition to his responsibilities with the FBSO, he currently serves as the Director of Choirs for Stephen F. Austin High School (FBISD) and Director of Music at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, TX.
Adrian is an active choir clinician and consultant around the Greater Houston Area and has presented professionally at music education conferences for the Texas Choral Directors Association and the Texas Music Educators Association. His academic interests include building choral sound, empowering pedagogical practices, and the cultivation of grit and resilience through music-making.
Adrian has earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Houston and his Masters of Music Education in Choral Pedagogy from the Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ).