Event Raises Record Funds!


Divine Wine & Food Extravaganza Brings in $90,000 for MSA Programs

Great wine and food along with outstanding performances and philanthropy came together at the Sixth Annual Divine Wine and Food Extravaganza last May, with the announcement this week that the event raised $90,000 in support of MSA arts education programs at Novato High School. The event is produced by Harbor Point Charitable Foundation under the direction of longtime MSA supporter Ray Kaliski.

“We would have been eternally grateful if Ray and his family had spent just one year fundraising on behalf of MSA, but Ray shows up year after year and puts his heart into making it possible for MSA to provide incredible talent and resources to our students. For that we are eternally grateful.” said MSA Director, Peter Ornstein.

Planning is already underway for next year’s Divine Wine and Food Extravaganza, which will be held on May 7, 2017 at 5pm at Unity Marin in Novato.

Fall Musical Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets for the highly anticipated Musical Theatre production of “How to Succeed in Business Without 8_succeed_logo_4c_categoryReally Trying” are available now online through Brown Paper Tickets. The Pulitzer Prize winning comedy is directed by Rodney Franz, with choreography by Devin Parker Sullivan, musical direction by Scott DeTurk and music by the MSA Pit Band led by Dr. Greg John.

MSA’s production sets the story as a timeless fable in no particular period. The show boasts a stellar, show-stealing role in its antihero, played by Frank Demma (recent winner of Best Actor at the Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors), as well as quirky, memorable characters (a cast of 38), and a catchy, witty score that’s bright and brassy with a wicked sense of humor performed by members of MSA Instrumental Music program.

Get Ready for Fall MSA Performances


After weeks of rehearsals and preparations, students are ready to take center stage in a number of upcoming performances including the MSA Soiree on the Road at Book Passage on October 14—featuring all MSA programs—then the ever popular Big Band Dance—featuring MSA & San Jose MS Jazz Bands, and the MSA Dancers on October 22—followed by the highly anticipated MSA Fall Musical—How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opening on Nov. 4.

Artwork by MSA student Jillian Shea
Artwork by MSA student Jillian Shea



Adv. Jazz Choir Class

To find out more about MSA Admissions and programs we recommend that students sign up for an MSA Shadow Day, where they will be paired with an existing student for the day. Parents also get to tour all MSA program classes.


MSAF Family givingFind out more about the parent volunteer group that helps MSA programs thrive! The MSA Foundation raises over $350,000 to bridge the gap in necessary funding that the Novato Unified School District is unable to provide.

The MSA Serval: The story behind the mascot

Founder Mark Peabody selects quirky mascot

Upon its creation as a specialized program within Novato High School in 2003, MSA Founder Mark Peabody thought it important for the school within a school to have its own mascot to help build community spirit among students and faculty.

According to Mr. Peabody,the Serval was the perfect representative for MSA, because like MSA it is graceful (as a member of the cat family), oddly beautiful with its bold markings, and largely unknown; much like MSA. 

About The School

The Marin School of the Arts (MSA) is an award-winning arts academy within a public high school setting.

MSA offers talented and motivated students the opportunity for professional arts instruction and practice while fulfilling all requirements in math, science, language arts, physical education and other elective programs at Novato High School.

Marin School of the Arts is a regional magnet to which students can apply for admission from any school in the Bay Area, as well as from within the Novato Unified School District.

The affordable and cost-effective setting of the program in a public high school encourages a greater socio-economic and geographic diversity of talented young artists, attracting students across Novato, Marin County and the wider Bay Area.

MSA Theatre performs The Mikado in one act, Spring 2016.

Student Spotlight

MSA Student Illustrates Book Cover

MSA-student-drawingMSA student artist Gabriella Borges had no idea she was being observed while she was drawing on her tablet during a long flight to Hawaii in 2013. While she was completely absorbed, her artwork had caught a fellow passenger’s attention.

“She was in her own world. She would create this really beautiful image and then she would erase it and I thought ‘Oh my God, how can you erase something so beautiful,’” Armando Arias, a professor, recalls of the flight he and his wife were taking on their way to vacation. “We went through the plane ride, going in and out of sleep, and poking each other to see what she was creating,” he recalls.

Finally, Dr. Arias couldn’t sit idly by watching anymore. He struck up a conversation with Borges. A professor of social psychology at the University of California, Monterey Bay, with keen interest in how people interact with and relate to art, Arias decided then and there to ask Borges if she would like to provide illustrations an upcoming class project. Read more…

Academic Programs




Musical Theatre


Creative Writing


Vocal Music


Digital Art


Theatre Arts


Fine Arts

Marin School of the Arts Dance



Cinematic Arts

Marin School of the Arts Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

MSA Jazz Choir at Next Generaion Monterey Jazz Festival

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We Need Your Help

Marin School of the Arts relies on the support of our dedicated community of parents, alumni and others. If you are interested in supporting MSA, please consider volunteering your time or making a donation by clicking the links below.

Thank you for your support and consideration, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events and social gatherings.