Faculty announce plans for coming year at MSA Orientation

Our new and returning faculty are excited to begin the school year and have plans for exciting collaborations, performances and new endeavors. MSA is pleased to welcome new MSA Digital Arts/Photography teacher Howard Gersh, who comes to us from the Academy of Art University and is excited to work with students in animation, along with traditional digital art and photography.

Welcome also to new MSA Creative Writing teacher Laura Caldwell. A current NHS English teacher, Ms. Caldwell is passionate about creative writing and looks forward to expanding our writing students’ opportunities to share their creations.

The Fall Performance Season kicks off next month, when students take over the Performing Arts Center for the first Soiree on September 8. And while anticipation is already building for the MSA Musical Theatre production of How to Succeed in Business opening in November, don’t miss the upcoming Big Band Dance on October, along with special Jazz Concerts happening in the Performing Arts Center in September.


Amazing Graduation Video Now Available!

Congratulations to the class of 2016! While our graduates are getting ready to start the next chapter in their lives, Novato High School is pleased to offer a special keepsake of their high school achievements. MSA Cinematic Arts students have produced an awesome graduation video, shot with four cameras and including close ups impossible to find elsewhere.  

If you’d like to buy a copy of the keepsake video, please send a $20 check payable to Novato High School, to the school at 625 Arthur Street, Novato, CA 94947, in the care of Matt Baldwin.  Videos are now available for pick up in the Main Office.  Please email mbaldwin@nusd.org with any questions.

Thank you!



Divine Wine and Food Extravaganza

Thanks to Harbor Point Charitable Foundation and our event sponsors and supportive community, the 6th Annual Divine Wine and Food Extravaganza at Unity in Marin in May was a tremendous success.

Proceeds from the live auction (right), silent auction, fund-a-need and ticket sales at the event raised a record amount of funding to support MSA student programs this year. Harbor Point Charitable Trust Chair Ray Kaliski will present the final donation to MSA in September.

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


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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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.