Get your tickets for MSA SHOWCASE2016, 1 Night Only, 1 Last Dance on March 12. The Gala evening features a delicious catered reception, incredible performances and exhibits, and a special tribute to Annie Hartje, the heart and soul of MSA! Don’t miss the Early Bird Specials!


MSA Jazz Choir 1

MSA Jazz Choir Wins at Folsom

MSA’s Jazz Choir 1 took first place among high school jazz choirs at the Folsom Jazz Festival vocal competition and won the Jazz Choir Sweepstakes on Jan. 23.

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MSA Theatre Wins Gold at Lenaea

Students also win awards for Monologues, Duo Scenes and Musical Theatre

MSA Theatre celebrates a great weekend at the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival.

It was a remarkable weekend for the Marin School of the Arts Theatre Program with students winning multiple awards at Lenaea Theatre Festival Feb. 6-7. The Novato High School-based arts program earned Gold for its One Act version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Also winning Gold were Jordan Ford for his Monologue with Richard III and Haley Skinner and Julian O’Bryne for their Duo Scene from Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches.

The annual high school festival, celebrating its’ 60th year, is designed to advance high school theatre art students’ education by providing opportunities to strengthen, promote and share artistic skills within an interactive and supportive educational environment.

Fifty-five high schools from across Northern California participate, representing thousands of performing arts students in theatre, musical theatre and dance.

“Our theatre students put in a tremendous number of hours practicing and workshopping their scenes. Rodney Franz prepared them well and it is no wonder they performed so wonderfully at Lenaea,” said MSA Director Peter Ornstein.

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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


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