Héctor Agüero is associate professor of music and director of orchestral studies at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Hailed as “a strong leader with a style everyone can follow” and a conductor who can “[balance] music’s delights with its demands,” Agüero has earned a reputation as a dedicated music educator and highly sought after guest conductor. A musician with wide-ranging experience, Professor Agüero's previous positions include director of orchestras and bands at Willamette University, artistic director of the Willamette Valley Symphony, music director of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, staff conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, and director of orchestras at Houston's prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
A versatile conductor, Agüero made his operatic debut in 2006 at the Moores Opera Center in the Houston premier of Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia. Since then he has continued his love of opera, most recently leading productions of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. He has collaborated with many choral organizations, including the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Agüero has also performed in concert with Grammy Award-winning artists B. J. Thomas and CeCe Winans. He has been awarded recognition from the American Prize in Conducting and won the 2018 International Conducting Workshop and Competition in Atlanta, Georgia,
In 2017 Agüero made his international conducting debut as a guest conductor for the Orquesta Universitaria de Música Popular in Veracruz, Mexico. While in Mexico, Agüero led a masterclass for young conductors and served as guest lecturer for the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa. His work with youth orchestras includes recent engagements with the Salem Youth Symphony, the New Jersey Youth Symphony, and the Elkhart County Youth Honors Orchestra in Goshen, Indiana.A native Texan, Agüero earned degrees in conducting and music education from the Texas Tech University School of Music in Lubbock where he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where he received the Schissler Conducting Fellowship. His primary teachers were Franz Anton Krager and Gary Lewis, and he has participated in workshops and masterclasses with Gustav Meier, Kenneth Keisler, John Farrer, Daniel Lewis, and Donald Thulean. Agüero currently resides in Des Moines with his wife Laura and their two children, Eva Grace and Thomas.