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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Winning Weekend for MSA Theatre and Music



Theatre wins top awards at Ohlone Festival, Jazz Choirs, Bands score high at Santa Cruz Festival Over 150 Marin School of the Arts students fanned out across Northern California March 18th and 19th to share their talents and represent Novato High School in two major festivals. Forty-seven students, coached by MSA Theatre Director Rodney Franz, choreographer Devin […]

MSA Theatre Wins Gold at Lenaea Festival



Students also win awards for Monologues, Duo scenes and Musical Theatre It was a remarkable weekend for the Marin School of the Arts Theatre Program with students winning multiple awards at Lenaea Theatre Festival Feb. 6-7. The Novato High School-based arts program earned Gold for its One Act version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. […]

MSA Jazz Choir Wins at Folsom Jazz Festival



Combos take top honors, bands deliver outstanding performances The MSA Jazz Choir 1 took first place among high school jazz choirs in the Folsom Jazz Festival vocal competition January 23 when the 14-member group performed to a standing ovation at the annual high school choir competition and went on to win the Jazz Choir Sweepstakes. Competing against […]