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 cmacnamara@fsu.edu or 850.644.2469.



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

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 […]