Opening Nights is committed to growing our mission to provide our campus and local communities with educational and entertaining experiences. Our series of campus and community educational programs provide students and the community with once-in-a-life time opportunities through master classes, workshops, school tours, Q&As, and panels with world-class performers at no cost. Each event is custom-selected to educate, illuminate and inspire.

For more information on educational opportunities, contact Calla MacNamara at or 850.644.2469.

Sir James Galway

March 4, 2020

Larry Mitchell

February 21, 2020

Black Violin

Students from Florida State University Schools joined Black Violin during their soundcheck where the famous Florida duo talked to students about the importance of thinking outside the box and breaking stereotypes. Later that evening, the students joined Black Violin on stage and performed with them during the encore. Black Violin and FSUS students on stage […]

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Florida State University Opera students participated in an audition-style master class focused on singing technique with Executive Director of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, David Wannen, and Claire Leyden, who plays Mabel in the players’ production of The Pirates of Penzance. FSU Opera Students pose with Davis and Claire

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s Ballet Master, Raffaele Morra, held a Trocks-style master class for Florida State University students and Tallahassee Ballet dancers where the dancers were given inside tips and tricks on how the Trocks bend the rules of ballet for a unique and fun style. Raffaele poses with Tallahassee Ballet and FSU […]

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

Trey McLaughlin surprised students from the Lincoln High School choir and audience members alike. During the encore of the Sounds of Zamar’s performance, Lincoln students joined the company for one finale song, which they had learned and rehearsed in a master-class workshop prior to the show. Trey was as impressed with these students as he chatted […]

David Engel

David Engel dove into the local community and empowered healthcare and social workers to care for those in need with a smile on their face. He also met the College of Social Work’s faculty and students for a workshop focused on the healing art of hospital clowning, its history and acting skills that will be […]

Cristina Pato

Cristina Pato shared her artistic journey through Transcending Disciplines: An Artist’s Journey to Cultural Sustainability at the Center for Global Engagement. Pato has forged a multifaceted career as an internationally acclaimed Galician bagpipe master, classical pianist, producer and educator. She showcased how her multiple identities have acted as a platform to probe social questions that […]

Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass hosted a master class with students from the FSU College of Music’s brass studios in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall–just before their public performance that night. In this class, a graduate brass quintet performed several pieces perfectly and the touring company provided valuable, fun and sometimes silly feedback from their years of public performance experience. They […]