• Todd Queen •
|Department:||Music University Center for the Arts|
|Position:||Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance|
|Concentration:||Professor of Voice, Tenor|
Dr. Todd Queen, professor of voice, is Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., a position he has held since 2009. 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, that of arts administrator and international arts ambassador. In 2009 Queen traveled to Asia with CSU leaders to forge a partnership with East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, where he was named visiting professor. The relationship with ECNU has blossomed since that time, with numerous musical collaborations between the students and faculty of ECNU and CSU, both in Shanghai and Fort Collins. In 2011 Queen co-founded Opera Orvieto, a three-week summer intensive Italian operatic experience, where he serves as artistic and stage director. During his time as Chair of MTD, Queen has helped to bring in gifts and pledges totaling well over $1 million to the department, including several 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.
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 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 US 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 its season, significantly increased its fundraising efforts, and brought in high-level artists from around the world to sing in Fort Collins. He has produced and directed over 50 opera and musical theatre productions during his career.
Todd 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, 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.