GRAND OPENING IN DAYS!

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will encourage discovery, push educational boundaries and redefine Oklahoma State’s influence in the arts with world-class programming unique to the region. It will be a modern venue for OSU’s talented students, accomplished faculty, and members of the community to enjoy with facilities built for producing world-class talent in mind.

The countdown is on for our grand opening! In under a year, the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will open its doors for the first time. We invite you to view a special, behind-the-scenes 360 video with Executive Director Mark Blakeman. We’re excited to show you the building’s progress and answer your questions about this groundbreaking facility.


Upcoming Events

2019 Chamber Music Festival


February 25 – March 3, 2019

Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City & Dallas


The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce its second concert series in February 2019 — The McKnight Chamber Music Festival — TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!


Special Performance by Chris Martin


April 18, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

OSU Seretean Center


The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts looks forward to a special performance in spring 2019 by Chris Martin, principal trumpet for the New York Philharmonic


OSU Orchestra Student

What part will you play?


The McKnight Center will be a statement of artistic talent worth sharing and a cultural destination attracting artists and performing art lovers from around the world. The McKnight Center is an expression of Oklahoma State University’s commitment to the arts to serve generations of students, performers and audience members alike. By helping us advance this project, The McKnight Center will also become a long-lasting expression of you — a reflection of your belief that art on the Oklahoma State University campus, in this community and in our world is valuable and worth supporting.

Latest News

2018 Chamber Music Festival a Success!

May 25th, 2018


Weeklong festival included a variety of private and public concerts


2018 Chamber Music Festival Dates Released

December 4th, 2017


Weeklong festival includes variety of private and public concerts


First Thoma Executive Director Hired

February 28th, 2017


After national search, Mark Blakeman, Tucson Symphony president and CEO, chosen to lead The McKnight Center


OSU, New York Philharmonic Form Partnership

September 30th, 2016


Artistic residency partnership to include concerts, workshops, masterclasses and lectures by New York Philharmonic musicians, management



Construction Progress

Construction Updates

March 2018


Join McKnight Center Director Mark Blakeman for a construction & programming update


October 2017


Join McKnight Center Director Mark Blakeman for a construction & programming update


June 2017


Join President Hargis & McKnight Center Director Mark Blakeman for a construction update