Dean, College of Music & Dramatic Arts
191 Music & Dramatic Arts Bldg.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office: (225) 578-9959
Fax: (225) 578-9975
Dr. Todd Queen was recently appointed as Dean of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Prior to his appointment, he served as professor of Voice and Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. His unique combination of teaching, directing and performing experience has allowed him to travel the world as a teacher, stage director and singer.
Queen has recently cultivated those experiences in a new direction, working as an arts administrator and international arts ambassador. Queen has traveled to Asia on multiple occasions to forge a partnership with East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, where he was named Visiting Professor. In 2011 Queen co-founded Opera Orvieto, a three-week summer intensive Italian operatic experience, where he served as Artistic and Stage Director. During his time at CSU, Queen helped bring in gifts and pledges totaling more than $2 million to the department, including ten new endowed scholarships and the naming of the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center at CSU, one of a handful of named opera programs in the United States.
In 2012 Queen was the catalyst in forming the LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy and the Public) Institute for the Arts at Colorado State, an interdisciplinary academic unit that houses both an undergraduate minor and graduate program in arts leadership and administration.
Todd Queen joined the CSU voice faculty in 2001 as Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Colorado State Opera Theatre. Dr. Queen earned the DMA and MM degrees from the prestigious Eastman School of Music after completing his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. Dr. Queen’s voice students have been selected for competitive young artist programs in the United States and abroad. Former students are currently attending top-tier conservatories and graduate schools, and have placed in the district and regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Queen served as Artistic Director of Opera Fort Collins from 2004-2011. Under his leadership, the company tripled the number of season productions, significantly increased fundraising efforts, and brought in high-level artists from around the world to sing in Fort Collins.
Throughout his professional career, Queen has produced and directed more than 50 opera and musical theatre productions during his career. He continues an active performing career that includes faculty and guest recitals, master classes, and solo engagements with international and regional opera companies, orchestras, choruses, and concert series. He has sung with East China Normal University, Operafestival di Roma, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Sacramento Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, and Fort Collins Symphony.