Opening Nights master classes provide students the added benefit of developing and honing their skills by learning directly from world-renowned artists. Sponsorships make possible this broad offering of master classes for FSU students and students in the community.


Following are the 2018-19 master classes. For more information, contact Calla MacNamara at or 850-644-2469.

Julian Bliss

As one of world’s finest clarinetists, Julian excels as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, master class leader and tireless musical explorer. He will work with FSU College of Music clarinet students, sharing the breadth and depth of his artistry.

Cashore Marionettes

Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Joseph Cashore has received numerous awards for his artistry and will work with local college engineering and art students to discuss the engineering and mechanics behind his puppets.

Matt Haimovitz

Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt is praised by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles” and by The New Yorker as “remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance.” He will provide both technical instruction and performance lessons with FSU cellist music students. Matt will also provide “pop-up” concerts in surprise locations on campus and throughout the Tallahassee community.

Mandy Harvey

With three jazz recordings to her credit, Mandy is breaking barriers as an American jazz singer and songwriter who is also deaf. Although her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch and passion are perfect. In 2017, she appeared on America’s Got Talent, winning the Golden Buzzer award. Mandy will share her personal stories and experiences about pursuing her love of music as a career and provide a special performance for local K-12 hearing-impaired students and FSU’s School of Communication Science and Disorders.

Parsons Dance Company

An internationally renowned, contemporary American dance company, Parsons Dance Company has toured more than 445 cities, 30 countries and 5 continents. The company is committed to providing enriching experiences beyond its performances; in 2016 launched Autism-Friendly Programs, featuring sensory-friendly workshops and relaxed performances for audiences of all abilities. Parsons Dance will perform a sensory-friendly program for Gretchen Everhart School students.

Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir

With an outstanding reputation, including receiving numerous awards and honors, the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is one of the most recognized artistic collectives throughout Europe. Former choir members have grown into distinguished musicians—conductors, directors, composers, singers and instrumentalists. The choir will perform at Raa Middle School, which offers students quality performing arts programs.

Anthony Trionfo

Flutist Anthony Trionfo recently made his recital debuts on the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center as well as in New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall. He received the further distinction of being the first YCA artist to win the inaugural LP Classics Debut Recording Prize, granting him a commercial recording. FSU flute students, members of the Tallahassee Flute Club and select members of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra are invited to participate.


Hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between pop and classical. This chamber sextet works with contemporary composers and songwriters, developing ideas into vivid, communicative performances. yMusic will work with FSU College of Music composition students during a six-day residency and will host one performance with their own repertoire and another performance featuring compositions written by six FSU doctoral students. Scheduled dates are: October 2 & 3; March 7 & 8; April 15 & 16.

Hanzhi Wang

Praised for her engaging stage presence and performances that are technically and musically brilliant, Hanzhi is the first accordionist to join the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 57-year history of discovering extraordinary musicians. Hanzhi will be performing an outreach performance in our community.