Winter Concerts Continue Dec. 3-4 with Jazz & Classical Music

 Jazz Band 1Warm your spirits with the cool sounds of MSA Jazz on Thursday, Dec. 3 beginning at 7pm! The MSA Winter Jazz Concert will feature all Jazz Bands under the direction of Dr. Greg Johnson with an evening of favorite jazz standards along with contemporary jazz compositions and arrangements. MSA Jazz Choir members will also join in for guest performances.

The following night, Friday, Dec. 4 at 7pm, you can start your weekend with the breath taking sounds of MSA classical music! The MSA Winter Classical Concert will feature the MSA Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, String Ensemble and two chamber music groups. Under the direction of Ari Gorman, the music will range from selections of Bach violin concertos

Tickets for both concerts will be available at the door. No pre-sales or reservations required! Admission is Adults $10, Families (up to 4 people) $20, Students & Seniors $5. An array of refreshments and treats will be available for sale. All proceeds support MSA Arts Programs!

Teacher earns major honors

Glenn Corey named an Outstanding Educator by two groups,

Product Design Program to become national teaching model

NHS/MSA Teacher Glenn Corey has been selected by the California League of High Schools as an “Outstanding Educator” in the region. He was honored Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Olympic Club in San Francisco as one of a select group of educators in Region 4 of California who exemplify educational excellence and have made significant efforts to implement educational reform in high schools.

Corey, NHS AP Physics teacher and creator of the Product Design Program now a part of MSA, has also been selected by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to be among its first group of “Allen Distinguished Educators” for his innovation in teaching. Corey was selected because his for teaching method that provides transformational learning opportunities

for students while promoting rigorous academics, real-world learning, and community engagement.

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




The MSA Revue has images and information about all of MSA’s arts programs. Get your keepsake book of 2014-15 now, featuring program sections and event pages in 52-pages for just $25.

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


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.

My Fair Lady

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.