Mark your calendars for a very special MSA SHOWCASE2016, 1 Night Only, 1 Last Dance is March 12 and features a catered reception, MSA performances and exhibits, and a tribute to Annie Hartje, the heart and soul of MSA! Tickets sales open soon….join us for this unforgettable gala!



Find out about MSA performances and exhibits. Check our schedule and don’t miss out on important school and community events.




Interested in becoming part of the MSA community? Learn about the application process and reserve a spot at a shadow day.


Jazz Choir Wins at Folsom Jazz Festival

Jazz combos take top honors, jazz bands deliver outstanding performances



MSA Jazz Choir 1 took first place among high school jazz choirs in the Folsom Jazz Festival vocal competition January 23, when the 14-member group performed to a standing ovation at the annual high school choir competition and then went on to win the Jazz Choir Sweepstakes.

Competing against some of the best high school vocal groups in Northern California, MSA’s top jazz choir earned first place in the top division before moving on to the evening’s command performance round and outscoring Archbishop Mitty High School and Summerville High School.

“I am extremely proud of the music the Jazz Choir is making and Saturday reflected that. They are performing with heart, integrity and musicianship,” MSA’s Vocal Director Stevie Greenwell said. “All awards aside, it was a day of connection and expression and that is why we do what we do: It’s all about a community of music and our community rocks.”

The choir debuted a stunning piece of vocal music at the competition called “Musical Genocide,” based on the Gregory Porter song of the same name and commissioned by Natalie John specifically for the MSA Jazz Choir.

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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.

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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…

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Musical Theatre


Creative Writing


Vocal Music


Digital Art


Theatre Arts


Visual Arts

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Cinematic Arts

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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.