MUSE/IQUE OFFSTAGE is expands the reach of our live mainstage performances into Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area through strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations and community and venue partners. It is our commitment to deliver the music and ideas from all of our programs to as many people as we possibly can.

The heart of this program are our educational workshops led by Director of Education and Community Engagement Heather Lipson Bell.

Our Director of Education Heather Lipson Bell designs curriculum-based, small group music interactions that engage participants in this program in a deeper experience of the repertoire and themes of our upcoming performances.

Heather Lipson Bell designs curriculum-based, small-group education workshops that engage participants in this program in a deeper experience of the repertoire and themes of our mainstage performances.

Each education workshop is an opportunity for participants to have an up-close experience with artists direct from the MUSE/IQUE stage; explore self-expression; gain self-confidence and self-control; connect with fellow students and staff; see, hear, and/or play a variety of musical instruments; engage their imaginations; and be inspired. Students act as both audience and participants as each workshop utilizes a kinesthetic approach, incorporating related art forms such as dance, theater and visual arts. Each session is tailored specifically with each nonprofit partner organization in mind.
Participants in our educational worships are invited to attend all mainstage MUSE/IQUE performances where they have the opportunity to see the artists they interacted with perform music about the themes they engaged with for free.
In order to continue this vital service in the current climate, these workshops are made accessible remotely.  We are working with our partners to adapt these workshops for video conferencing.

About our partners

Our nonprofit partners provide care and support for foster and runaway youth, low-income seniors, children and adults with developmental disabilities, and families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Pasadena and the surrounding Los Angeles area.

  • Ability First
  • Academy of Music for the Blind
  • California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley
  • Five Acres
  • Hathaway/Sycamores
  • Hillsides
  • Learning Works
  • Pasadena Senior Center
  • Performing Arts For All
  • Professional Child Development Associates
  • Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (Camp Splash!)
  • Union Station Homeless Services
  • Urban Compass
  • Villa Esperanza Elementary School
  • Villa Esperanza Adult Day Program
  • Youth Emerging Stronger