Todd Queen Named Dean of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts

04/14/2014 12:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Todd Queen as the new dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Queen is a professor of voice and the chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. He will begin at LSU on July 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“We are pleased to welcome Todd Queen to the LSU leadership team as the next dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts,” LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander said. “The arts are such a vital part of the college experience in producing well-rounded students and citizens. We look forward to working with Todd in leading the college into the future.”

LSU conducted a national search for dean, and Alkis Tsolakis, dean of the LSU College of Art & Design, served as chair of the search committee.

“It is a pleasure to announce Todd Queen as the new dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “He brings with him years of teaching and administrative experience, and the college has a bright future with him leading the way. I would also like to thank Kristin Sosnowsky for serving as interim dean since last fall, and Dean Tsolakis and the search committee for helping find our next dean.”  

Queen earned his master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music after completing his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. In addition to Colorado State, he has held faculty positions at Alfred University, Houghton College, Syracuse University, North Dakota State University, and Operafestival di Roma.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts at LSU,” Queen said. “I have been aware of the rich tradition of LSU and the arts for many years, and I am thrilled by the opportunity to be part of such a talented faculty. During every stage of the search process, I was so impressed with the students, staff, administration and programs. My family and I look forward to joining the LSU community.”

During his time as chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State, Queen has helped to bring in gifts and pledges totaling more than $2 million to the department, including 10 new endowed scholarships and the naming of the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center at CSU. In addition, in the past five years, he has established 8.5 new tenure-track lines and tripled the production staff.

An active educator, performer and administrator, recently Queen traveled to Asia with CSU leaders to forge a partnership with East China Normal University in Shanghai. Queen was the catalyst in forming the 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.

A faculty member at CSU since 2001, Queen joined the CSU voice faculty as director of Colorado State Opera Theatre. Queen’s voice students have been selected for young artist programs in the U.S. and abroad. Former students are currently attending leading conservatories and apprentice programs, including Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, University of North Texas and Minnesota Opera, and have placed in the district and regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

Artistic director of Opera Fort Collins from 2004-2011, Queen guided the company during a time of significant growth. The company tripled its season, significantly increased its fundraising efforts, and brought in high-level artists from around the world to sing in Fort Collins. Presently, Queen serves as co-founder of Opera Orvieto, a three-week summer intensive Italian operatic experience, where he serves as artistic and stage director. He has produced and directed over 50 opera and musical theatre productions during his career.

Queen 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, Opera festival di Roma, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Sacramento Opera, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, and Longmont Symphony.

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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014