Summer Programs

As Muse Machine’s 35th year begins to wind down (and plans for next season are frenetically put in place), we want to look ahead at a few of the exciting things happening over the next few months—our summer of 35!

This June, a group of Muse teachers head to the Big Apple to sample the best of theatre, music and culture and also workshop side-by-side with the creative minds behind the art!

In July, those teachers and more are joined by musicians and master educators from the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center and Jazz Power Initiative for a remarkable exploration of new ways to teach any subject.

Everyone has had a special teacher who taught outside the box, made learning fun and lessons unforgettable. Opportunities like these help to populate more and more of those outstanding teachers in classrooms across the Miami Valley!

Muse’s summer concert will now occur every other year, returning in summer 2018. This will allow the concert to continue to incorporate new creative elements and varied content while at the same time providing opportunities for other creative projects for young people.

The first of those new projects will surface this Summer. For the team behind the Muse productions, there are no more frequent questions than those about how creative students most successfully take their next steps from high school into college and beyond. This summer, Muse will launch A Survival Guide to a Life in the Arts—an online resource for young people and their families. The launch will be accompanied by a live workshop to get students on their feet and excited about the road ahead.


After two years of renovation, the downtown branch of the Dayton Metro Library is going to leave people speechless. Massive and filled with high tech, media, art and more, it’s a community center for the next generation. When it opens this summer, this complex will include the exciting new Suzy Bassani Theater Off Third, named of course for the founder of Muse Machine.

And you can’t seriously imagine we’d open a new theater in Suzy’s name without a performance! On August 4, 2017, join us—including Suzy—for a celebration featuring Muse student performers and more (details coming soon).

The best way, really, for Muse to “raise a glass” and send off its 35th year is through a summer packed with arts and learning on stages, in classrooms and beyond…