Bill Pernice

Chorus and Band Teacher

Bill started his Waldorf career in 1986 at Sunbridge Institute, in the Teacher Training. He then taught as the founding Kindergarten teacher for four years at Dayspring, a Waldorf Kindergarten in Warwick, NY. In 1994, Bill left his work in the Kindergarten to join Green Meadow's faculty as a music teacher. For almost two decades, Bill taught Fifth through Twelfth Grade band and High School chorus, before becoming Green Meadow's Director of Development in Spring 2011. He transitioned into his role as pedagogical administrator in July 2013. He returned to teaching in the Music Department in Fall 2017.

In addition to his work in Waldorf schools, Bill has been the musical director for high school musical productions at public schools and community theaters in Orange County, NY. He is also a pianist, working professionally in the tristate area and beyond. Bill attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied music.

Irynn Somera

third GRADE orchestra

Bio coming soon!

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.