Jana Hawley


BFA in Music, Cornish College of the Arts; MSEd in Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education, Sunbridge College

Jana taught music and served as a class teacher at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School from 1992-2006.  She then joined the GMWS faculty, where she has been a class teacher, and has taught music and singing, music history, and math.  She has served as Chair of the Lower School and is co-Chair of the Festival Committee.  Jana has been teaching at Sunbridge Institute since 2002, and is currently the director of the Sunbridge Institute Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education Program.   

Jana began her professional life as a stage manager and member of a gamelan ensemble, and has brought this interest in both theater and multicultural music to her work.  She heads up the Rose Hall Stage Crew, and helps direct and produce middle school musicals and class plays.


Jacqueline Stern


BM, Music Education, Ithaca College; MM (performance), Manhattan School of Music

Co-chair of the Music Committee, Jackie has been teaching at Green Meadow since 1996. An active orchestral and chamber musician, she plays in the "Terzetta" trio and "Spirit" improv group among other ensembles. She conducts the Westchester Junior Strings (part of Greater Westchester Youth Orchestras) and is a certified teacher in the Suzuki and Mark O'Connor methods.

Jackie conducts the Lower School and High School orchestras, teaches the Third Grade cello class, private cello students, and music history. She serves on the Festival Committee.

Karen Tallman


BA, Music, Douglass College of Rutgers University

Karen has been a member of the Green Meadow teaching staff since 1983 and has written, arranged, and performed music for eurythmy classes, class plays, and festivals. She often accompanies student instrumentalists at recitals and assemblies, and she is an active member of the Festival Committee. Karen is also a passionate knitter and loves long-distance travel.

Anna Teigen


BM, Music Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Suzuki Teacher Training, School for Strings, NYC

Anna is the conductor of the Rockland Conservatory String Orchestra and is co-director of the Suzuki Program at the Rockland Conservatory of Music.

Esther Tsai-Van Ness

Eurythmy Accompanist

Master's degree in Music from California State University, Los Angeles; additional studies at UCLA

Esther joined our faculty after years of experience as eurythmy accompanist at the Waldorf School in Pasadena, CA.  Esther is also an experienced church musician and concert accompanist.

Originally from Taiwan, Esther came to New Jersey in 2007 with her husband, noted pianist Paul Van Ness. They live in Midland Park with their daughter, Audrey.