Fall Musical—

Need tickets?

The MSA Fall Musical  “The Boys From Syracuse” has opened to rave reviews! With the opening performances delayed due to North Bay fires, there’s still time to get your tickets for an upcoming show. Tickets are going fast, so don’t delay if you’re planning to attend. Limited tickets are available for Nov. 17 and are selling fast for the show’s final performance weekend Dec. 3-5. Thank you for supporting our MSA Theatre program!


The Marin School of the Arts is a specialized program at Novato High School. Students are admitted to the program through an application and audition/portfolio process. MSA students are students of Novato High School who enjoy two daily periods of the school day devoted to arts education.


The Marin School of the Arts Foundation raises over $400,000 annually in support of MSA programming and resources that the Novato Unified School District is unable to provide. Thanks to an involved community and volunteer support, the foundation enhances and sustains the quality of education for all Marin School of the Arts students.


MSA Team Takes 1st in Film Challenge

Short Films Created in One Day During Annual Event

A team of MSA students took first place in the 3rd Annual Film Challenge Saturday, September 30, after a grueling one day event that put Marin County high school filmmakers talents to the test. Ten teams participated in the challenge to write, film, edit and present a short film in within eight hours.

Making the challenge even more daunting, teams were also given three required story elements to incorporate in their  films; this year’s elements were bark, the fuzzy cover of a boom mic and a car bumper.

By the end of the day, films ranging from action to comedy were presented to a standing-room only audience in the Performing Arts Center, with the top three entries chosen by a panel of volunteers, faculty and administrators.

My Dearest Joy, shown below, took first place for its fantastical story of an Edwardian-era man lost in present day Novato. Judges sited the creative story line, humor and technical skills as determining factors. The film was created by team members Jade Abreu (MSA, Product Design/Visual Arts, ’19), Dylan Amems (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’18), Austin Kennedy (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’19), Patrick McConnell (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’19), and Mitchell Tanaka (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’18).

In second place, Bartholmew, told the story of a boy who spends the day with his dead cat. It was created by Oliver Everson (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’19), Carson Krone (MSA Cinematic Arts/Instrumental Music, ’19) and Elliot Scheuer (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’20).

In third place, Bozin, follows a teen on a mind-bending journey. It was created by Nik Axelsen (San Domenico High School), Tommy Bentivegna (Marin Catholic High School) Parker Bizhjack (San Domenico High School), Alejandro Lopen (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’20) and Jack McMann (MSA Cinematic Arts, ’20).

MSA Applications Now Online

Applications are now open for admissions to MSA in the 2018-19 school year. In an effort to simplify the process, applicants may now apply online! Simply go to the MSA Applications page to select and fill out ALL required forms, beginning with the Student Information Form. 

Applications are due January 16, 2018.  Auditions will be held February 3-4, 2018. Contact the MSA Office for information.

Winner of the 3rd Annual Film Challenge

About the School

Marin School of the Arts (MSA) is an award-winning arts program within Novato High School, a top performing public high school offering challenging and innovative academic programs as well as outstanding athletic and club offerings.

MSA gives talented and motivated students from across the North Bay and beyond the chance to study with top arts professionals in their fields. As part of a public high school, MSA can offer quality arts programs to a greater variety of young artists. MSA provides college-level arts study in a variety of arts disciplines, which results in students gaining a higher skill set in their studies as well as greater confidence in their abilities. MSA teaches young artists how to follow through on commitments, how to multitask and how to rise to extreme challenges while developing thier individuality and self-identity.

As part of a public high school, MSA is an affordable and cost-effective program which encourages a greater diversity of talented young artists. The school attracts students from across Marin and Sonoma counties as well as students traveling from as far away as San Francisco and Vallejo. This mix encourages a dynamic community of young artists sharing ideas, experiences and projects.