The MSA Jazz Bands take center stage Tuesday, May 24, @ 7pm in the NHS Old Gym, followed Wednesday, May 25, @ 7pm by the MSA Classical Concert performance in the same location. Tickets available at the door.

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Divine Wine and Food Extravaganza

Thanks to our sponsors and supportive community, the 6th annual event at Unity in Marin was a tremendous success. And, Cinematic Arts student Logan Murray was awarded the Academy of Art University Presidential Scholarship Award at the event!



Join us JUNE 4– First up @ 2-4pm, the FINAL MSA SOIREÉ will be held on the NHS quad, then @ 7pm it’s time for the Annual MSA FILM FEST!

Don’t miss these fantastic MSA community events!

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Top Scores for MSA Programs

Theatre students and faculty celebrate at Ohlone

Theatre students and faculty celebrate at the Ohlone High School Theatre Festival

Theatre, Jazz and Choirs at Festivals

Over 150 Marin School of the Arts students fanned out across Northern California March 18-19, 2016 sharing their talents and representing Novato High School in two major festivals. Forty-seven students, won nine major awards at Ohlone College’s 22nd Annual High School Theatre Festival, including five 1st place and the Judges Sweepstakes Trophy.

Across the state, MSA Jazz Bands, Choirs and Combos earned top scores at the Annual Santa Cruz Jazz Festival with the Jazz Choirs and Advanced Jazz Band earning command performances. It was the first time for two jazz choirs representing one school attained simultaneous command performance status. 
Other bands and combos also earned high marks.


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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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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.