Profiles


Lessons from SF Comic Con:



Rhian Robinson, MSA Office Manager, Shares her Insights from her ‘Secret Life’ As temperatures soared and the Bay Area wilted last weekend, I stayed cool at San Francisco Comic Con, where I worked as an assistant for Sean Maguire, star of Once Upon A Time and Timeless. Apart from his rugged good looks, the most […]

MSA a Marin County Marinovator – Combining Art & Technology



Product Design, Dance & Rock Band Perform at Fourth Annual County-wide Event MSA returned to the county’s celebration of Innovative Schools Programs held at College of Marin on Earth Day Saturday with another creative collaboration between Dance and Product Design and performances by MSA Rock Band Funkschway. MSA’s popular band entertained with original and covers of popular music […]

MSA Alum Becomes Teaching Artist for Rock Band Students



James Harman was one of the first to graduate from MSA’s fledgling music program in 2008, but it’s an experience he credits with preparing him to become a successful, professional musician. He has since served as a visiting teaching artist off and on over the past five years. Now, he’s thrilled that fundraising by the […]

MSA Welcomes New Faculty



MSA students in both Creative Writing and Digital Arts and Photography will have new opportunities with the addition of new faculty to their respective programs—both Laura Caldwell and Howard Gersh have already delivered exciting new ideas and tools to program’s curricula. Laura Caldwell: Creative Writing Laura longed to expand the creative writing unit she taught […]

Jazz Weekend Unites Top Musicians, Students



MSA Jazz students will have the chance to benefit from clinics with top professionals in their field Jazz Band 1during the school’s first MSA Jazz Weekend on January 9. The afternoon intensive kicks off with students working in groups according to their instruments for clinics and collaborative masterclasses held by professional jazz musicians from across […]

Get to Know Teaching Artist Rhian Robinson



Her words fly by in a British-accented blur as her hands gesture for effect. She’s got big plans for emerging rock bands and she delivers her news with enthusiasm. She is the MSA powerhouse known as Rock Band Teaching Artist Rhian Robinson and she’s back on the job after taking a break last school year. […]

Getting to know new MSA Jazz Director Dr. Greg Johnson



(Part of our ongoing series profiling new MSA faculty members.) Becoming the Director of Jazz Studies at MSA was literally a dream come true for saxophone musician, composer and jazz educator Dr. Greg Johnson. “This was always my end game,” Dr. Johnson says of the position. “And it’s gratifying for me to work with these […]

New MSA Music Teacher has Many Talents



Musician and teacher Ari Gorman is a perfect fit as new director of the MSA Classical and Contemporary Music programs; he’s a professional musician in both musical styles who comes to the position from the Miramonte High School music program in Orinda. “I decided a while ago that if there was a full time music […]

The 2014-15 MSA Revue book has arrived!



Hundreds of images featuring students creating and performing can be found in MSA’s year-in-review. The MSA Revue is 52-pages with sections for each MSA program showing students working in class, performing and creating, as well as all of the year’s major performances and events. From the Big Band Dance to Showcase to Soirees, it’s all here and can be yours for […]