MUSE/IQUE Announces Three New Board Members

Published : Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 11:16 AM

L-R: Jonathan Jacobs, Christine Splichal, Michael Adam Smith

MUSEI/IQUE, Pasadena’s pioneering live music organization and counter-conventional orchestra, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Jake Jacobs, Michael Adam Smith, and Christine Splichal.

The Board, chaired by philanthropist LeeAnn Havner, provides leadership in carrying out MUSE/IQUE’s mission of making music accessible to all through adventurous and meaningful programming.

“It is an incredibly rewarding experience to serve as Chair of MUSE/IQUE’s Board of Directors, and be part of such a creative and passionate team,” said Havner. “We are very fortunate to welcome to the Board our newest members, Jake Jacobs, Michael Adam Smith, and Christine Splichal, whose unique experiences and expertise will help us to realize MUSE/IQUE’s vision as we move forward during this exciting time of growth for the organization.”

Jonathan L. “Jake” Jacobs is currently a senior partner with Rose Snyder & Jacobs, LLP. Before joining the team at Rose Snyder & Jacobs, Jacobs served as Partner-in-Charge of Middle Market Practice and the Warner Center Office of KPMG Peat Marwick. Jacobs has built a career spanning 30 years by successfully problem-solving for clients. He has a passion for using his extensive network to provide solutions on issues confronting companies and successful families in the community. Jacobs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and an MBA from Northwestern University. In addition to newly serving on the MUSE/IQUE board, Jacobs also serves as Chairman of the Board for the California Oncology Research Institute, on the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and is the former Chairman of the San Fernando Valley Region chapter of the United Way and member of the Corporate Board of Directors.

Southern California native Michael Adam Smith has made his home in the Pasadena area his whole life, having been raised in Altadena and having attended Noyes Elementary, Eliot Middle and John Muir High School in Pasadena. Though he received a BA in Political Science from UCLA, he has made a career out of asset management for institutions and high net-worth individuals. In April 2018, Smith became the Founder and Managing partner of the Braeburn Family Office-a company created to assist families with significant wealth with business transition, tax and estate planning, philanthropic coordination, and governance. Previously, Smith has held positions with Bankers Trust Company, California Bank & Trust, Reed Conner Birdwell, and Covington Capital Management. An active philanthropic presence in his community, before joining the MUSE/IQUE Board of Directors Smith served on the boards of the Pasadena Symphony Association, the Los Angeles Free Clinic (now the Saban Free Clinic), and the Los Angeles Youth Network. Away from the office and the boardroom, Smith has a deep love of wines and fine dining, even going so far as to take his own steps into wine making and vineyard management. He and his wife Leah have one daughter, Alexandra.

Born, raised, and educated in France, Christine Splichal co-founded the Patina Group, one of Los Angeles’ most prolific culinary companies and home to nationally acclaimed restaurants Patina, Pinot, and Nick & Stef’s, as well as the premier Patina Catering. As Vice President, Christine oversaw corporate marketing, public relations, endorsements, investor relations, management training seminars, and philanthropy. Christine is well-known for her contributions to the community. She first pursued life away from food with the non-profit Pershing Square Management Association, through which she helped organize the first round of revitalization of Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. She has been honored with the Hollywood Women of Distinction Award by Council Member Jackie Goldberg and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, as well as the Success in Creative Partnership Award by UCLA Extension. Christine is also a member of the Library Council responsible for raising funds for the Los Angeles Library. Christine received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Poitiers, France in 1982 and attended the American Graduate School of International Management to obtain a Masters in international business in 1983. Christine adores spending time with her twin sons, Nicolas and Stephane, who currently attend college in Northern California, and she resides in Pasadena, CA.


MUSE/IQUE is a dynamic, nonprofit organization that creates exhilarating live music adventures. Presenting performances at landmark locations throughout Pasadena, MUSE/IQUE goes beyond the concert hall and into the community with spectacularly intimate performances which combine music, movement and ideas from a diverse range of genres. Under the leadership of renowned Artistic Director Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE’s artistic collective consists of an acclaimed orchestra and top musicians from the worlds of jazz, rock, blues, gospel, and more, along with today’s best singers, dancers, and thinkers. Together with an enthusiastic and growing audience base, these artists reimagine the possibilities for the live music experience. Founded in 2011, MUSE/IQUE is a membership driven organization presenting nine major public events each year as well as a wide range of education and community engagement programs.

UNCORKED – MUSE/IQUE’s signature series UNCORKED consists of five live music events set in unexpected places. Each event is curated around a theme that ties directly or subliminally to the physical environment. With mixed eclectic seating for 400-600, UNCORKED emphasizes intimate, shared experiences that enliven audience thinking.

MUSE/IQUE’s SUMMER SERIES – MUSE/IQUE launched its inaugural summer series at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in June 2018. The centerpiece orchestral festival of the programming year, MUSE/IQUE’s summer series is comprised of three performances featuring a full orchestra and enriched repertoire. The entire series is curated around one unifying theme that incorporates music, literature, visual art, and performance art.

FREE/FOR ALL – MUSE/IQUE produces one free live music event annually in conjunction with Pasadena’s city-wide ArtNight Festival. This family-friendly series is a participatory dance party that serves 5,000-6,000 in the plaza of Paseo Colorado’s Garfield Promenade.

MUSE/IQUE COMMUNITY – MUSE/IQUE creates curriculum-based, small group music interactions that engage participants in a deeper experience of the repertoire and ideas behind each event. Formerly known as KIDS/IQUE, these community programs began serving foster and at-risk youth and have expanded to serve senior citizens, families in need, and other local groups at our partnering organizations.








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