Jordan Seavey


BM, Music Education, University of Southern Maine; Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts, Antioch University New England

A classical pianist, conductor, and music educator, Jordan began studying piano at age 7. Prior to joining the Green Meadow faculty, he served for six years as director of music at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, ME, where he taught choral, instrumental, and classroom music in Grades 1-12. As a pianist, Jordan has balanced performing and teaching, maintaining a busy private piano studio for 10 years in the Portland, ME area. As a singer, he has toured Austria, Italy, and France with the University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers.

Jordan was born and raised in Maine and enjoys cooking, camping, downhill skiing, and golf, and he serves as the co-advisor to the Class of 2018.

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

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.