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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MSA Teacher Earns Major Honors

Glenn Corey named Outstanding Educator by nationally renowned groups, His Product Design Class a 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 […]

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 […]

Student Gabby Borges Illustrates Book Cover

MSA student artist Gabriella Borges had no idea she was being observed while she was working on a 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 […]

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 […]