Mikeila McQueston is a senior at Louisiana State University, where she is pursuing a degree in vocal performance and music composition with a minor in history. She currently studies with mezzo-soprano Dr. Lori Bade and composer Dr. Mara Gibson.
In the 2018-2019 season at LSU, Mikeila served as both a Performer-Composer Fellow at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival and a Young Artist at Red River Lyric Opera, where she sang the role of The Rose in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince. She also sang in the choruses of Eugene Onegin, Les mamelles de Tirésias, and the Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and was a featured soloist with the LSU A Cappella Choir, the LSU ACDA Lab Choir, and the St. Alban’s Chapel Choir.
During the summer of 2018, Mikeila had the privilege of being an apprentice artist at the Varna International Opera Academy in Varna, Bulgaria. There she performed the roles of Une pastourelle in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Lolette in La rondine, and First Nursemaid in the Bulgarian premiere of Street Scene.
Other previous engagements include performing the role of Frantík in LSU Opera’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen and chorus in Opéra Louisiane’s HMS Pinafore and Amahl and the Night Visitors. She was also seen as Beth in Act II, Scene V of Adamo’s Little Women with LSU, which was awarded 1st place at the National Opera Association’s Division I Collegiate Scenes Competition. During the summer of 2017, Mikeila performed as a studio artist with Opera in the Ozarks, singing the title role in John Davies’ Jack and the Beanstalk as part of the OIO children’s outreach program. She also sang in OIO’s mainstage productions of Carmen and Le nozze di Figaro.
Mikeila McQueston began composing at the age of 13, originally writing exclusively for piano. Today she has more than 150 compositions to date for a variety of ensembles including choir, orchestra, chamber ensembles, opera, and solo voice.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mikeila was commissioned by a number of professional ensembles including Coro Vocati and Invicta Trio. Her composition The Minotaur, which premiered at the 2019 Nief-Norf Summer Festival, won the Constantinides New Music Ensemble Call for Scores and will be performed by the ensemble at their October 2020 performance in Carnegie Hall.
Mikeila is also well-known for her vocal writing. In May 2019, Mikeila’s one-act monodrama Lucy Boyd premiered at the LSU Wesley Foundation under the direction of Mary Lieberman. Her choral pieces have been performed by the LSU A Cappella Choir, St. Alban’s Chapel Choir, Fayette County Honors Choir, and others. Her art songs have been performed in numerous degree and studio recitals and have been featured in lectures at conferences such as Nief-Norf’s Genre Lines New Music Weekend Summit, The 2019 Song Collaborators Consortia Art Song Festival, and the 43rd Annual NATS Southern Region Conference. Mikeila was also named LSU’s 2019 Presser Scholar.