Providing educational opportunities for our students is a cornerstone of Opening Nights at Florida State University. Following is a summary of the Master classes that were offered during 2016-17 Season. Details for the 2017-18 Season Master Classes will be posted soon.


Mipso, the third ensemble to participate in Opening Nights and Leon County Schools’ North Florida School Tour, presented performances for one week in Leon County and the surrounding area. Mipso and Opening Nights worked together to create specialized programming for several schools in Leon county, which included bluegrass/string band history, an introduction to harmony singing, and a primer on songwriting.

Roomful of Teeth

Dr. Jones and Professor Trujillo’s students enjoyed an intimate presentation by the Grammy-awarding winning group Roomful of Teeth for a hour in the Longmire Recital Hall the day of their live performance in Opperman Music Hall.

Joey Alexander Trio

Joey Alexander Trio hosted an open rehearsal the day of their show in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The performance was followed by a Q&A with Joey, Daniel Chmielinski (bass) and Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums).

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis spend an afternoon with jazz majors from the College of Music conducting a mater class on campus.

Twyla Tharp Dance Company

Our School of Dance majors twirled the afternoon away in two elite workshops with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company’s dancers Matthew Dibble and Kaitlyn Gilliland.

Chris Botti

Chris Botti hosted an hour-long lecture and Q&A with FSU professor Christopher Moore and his trumpet students in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

Pablo Sáinz Villegas

Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas conducted a two-hour master class with College of Music guitar students (who study under Bruce Holzman) in Dohnanyi Recital Hall. One of Holzman’s students performed several numbers with Pablo during his ON performance in Opperman Music Hall.

Anne-Sophie Mutter

For over three decades, Anne-Sohpie Mutter has been one the most acclaimed violin players of all time. Mutter and Lambert Orkis shared their knowledge and experience with FSU College of Music students and young Tallahassee area violin players.

Wayne Shorter

The Wayne Shorter Quartet hosted an opened rehearsal before the ON performance. After the rehearsal, Wayne Shorter and his quartet held a Q&A with College of Music students.