Opening Nights is committed to fulfilling our mission to provide extraordinary experiences that educate, inspire and connect diverse audiences on and off campus. Our series of campus and community educational programs provide students and the community engaging opportunities with world-class performers through master classes, workshops, school tours, Q&As, and panels at no cost.

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

Charlie Albright

February 10, 2022

Sons of Mystro

January 12, 2022

Leon County Schools visual arts teacher receives Opening Nights at Florida State Arts Advocate Award

Opening Nights at Florida State University has selected Sally Ash, a visual arts teacher at Woodville School, as its 2021 Arts Advocate Award recipient. This award recognizes a professional educator who demonstrates exemplary work with the arts by leveraging local arts resources. “Ms. Ash is most deserving of the 2021 Arts Advocate Award,” said Michael […]

Michael Rosato at the College of Entrepreneurship

Michael Rosato, the 2021 LeMoyne Arts Chain of Parks artist and muralist, met with FSU students from the College of Entrepreneurship in downtown Tallahassee for a lecture on the entrepreneurial side of being an artist. During this lecture and discussion, Rosato hosted a creative conversation that explores the modern artist’s journey through an ever-evolving industry. […]

Black Violin Virtual Programming

A global pandemic has not hampered Opening Nights at Florida State University’s ability to provide students impactful educational programs. The university-based performing arts presenter adjusted by offering its Opening Nights in Class programming virtually rather than in person. “The pandemic has required us to make adjustments to our in-class educational offerings,” said Michael Blachly, Opening […]

Sir James Galway

Sir James Galway hosted a master class for the College of Music’s Wind Seminar students as part of the Louis Ireland Humphrey Excellence Fund. Sir Galway was bold and direct in his feedback while keeping the lesson both light-hearted and fun. He was blown away by the talent that the students possessed, commenting that it […]

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell joined Opening Nights and Arts4All Florida in collaboration with Florida State University’s Autism Institute, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, University of Choice and Leon County Schools to present The Larry Mitchell Interchange: Music for All. Mitchell led a musical workshop for students that comprised an inclusive learning body of students of all […]

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