Student Activities


Student Musicians Work with Finnish Rock Star



Janne Warman, keyboardist with Metal band “Children of Bodom” from Finland, spent the morning with MSA Music students Monday, November 6, during a stop on the band’s North American Tour. Longtime friend Howard Gersh, MSA Visual Arts teacher, arranged for Janne’s visit and spent the morning hosting the melodic metal band star. Janne sat in […]

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 […]

Behind the Creative Curtain at ILM



MSA Animation & Film Students Get a Rare Guided Tour at Industrial Light & Magic MSA Digital Arts and Cinematic Arts students wandered the offices of Industrial Light and Magic last Friday in a rare guided tour arranged by teacher Howard Gersh. Despite a city-wide power outage, more than 40 students were able to speak with […]

On Key: A Master of Musicals Working with Students During MSA Master Classes



MSA Family Giving Brings Professional Talents to Student Classrooms In the first of three master classes funded through the MSA Family Giving Campaign, musical director G. Scott Lacy took MSA Musical Theatre students through their paces last week in the Performing Arts Center. As student actors took the stage one by one, Lacy used their performances […]

Jazz Musicians Mentor North Bay Students



First-Ever Marin School of the Arts Event Provides for Rare Collaboration A powerhouse of musical talent transformed the Novato High School campus into a mini-jazz festival January 9th. Top musicians gathered with high school and middle school students for master classes and clinics during the first Marin School of the Arts Jazz Weekend. The afternoon included focused […]

Cinematic Arts student earns full scholarship to Academy of Art University



MSA Cinematic Arts student Duncan Frost has been awarded the Academy of Art University’s Presidential Scholarship, which includes four years of tuition worth $100,000 to the respected private arts school in San Francisco. Rebecca Delgado Rottman, AAU Vice President for Community Relations and Governmental Affairs, (pictured at far left) presented Frost with the award at the 5th Annual […]

San Rafael A Cappella Group visits MSA



The San Rafael-based teen a cappella group, ‘Til Dawn, performed for the MSA Vocal Music Program at the end of March. ‘Til Dawn, a premier vocal program under Marin County’s Youth in Arts program, draws the best vocalists from all over Marin County and performs across the Bay Area.  There are a record six MSA students currently participating […]

MSA musicians perform with State Honor Bands



Two student musicians studying classical music at Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School have been chosen to join prestigious California Honor Bands, MSA Classical Director Rebecca d’Alessio announced this week. The California Band Director’s Association (CBDA) selected student musician Matthew DeFilippis as a member of the 2015 CBDA All-State Honor Band. DeFilippis, a junior […]

MSA students find Inspiration at Autodesk Museum



Inspiration was the description of the day, when MSA Creative Writing students took a recent field trip to San Francisco to visit the Autodesk Museum. Students from both classes first took the ferry to the iconic Ferry Building, where they were able to explore before walking the short distance to the museum. Students were asked […]