Irynn Somera

third GRADE orchestra

Bio coming soon!


Jacqueline Stern

orchestra

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

pianist

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

third GRADE VIOLIN AND VIOLA, fourth GRADE ORCHESTRA

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

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.