Arts Courses

The Arts Department offers classes in both performing and visual arts. Our emerging film program is making a name for itself in the D.C. Metro area through its annual Madeira Film Festival.

Available Courses


Class of 2020 & beyond:

Classes of 2019 & 2018:


Krista Cowan

Director of Theater and Film

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Ms. Cowan began teaching at Madeira in 2006. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Gordon College and a master's degree in Theater Directing from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Cowan teaches Intro to Performing Arts, Intermediate Acting, Advanced Acting, Film Production, Advanced Film Production, Advanced Theater Production, and ninth grade Public Speaking. Additionally she directs the fall play, winter musical, and the Madeira Film Festival; co-sponsors the Madeira Arts Council; lead advisor to the Cappies Team; and ninth grade class advisor. She enjoys singing, acting, directing, and watching movies as well as hiking and staying active.

Sasha Newman

Arts Department Chair, Technical Director

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Ms. Newman began teaching at Madeira in 2010. She earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Scene Design from Boston University and a Master's degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. She currently teaches Technical Theater, Advanced Theater Production, and STEAM in addition to designing the Fall play and Winter musical.

Bridgette Khoo

Director of Chamber Orchestra

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Ms. Khoo began working at Madeira in 2001. She earned a bachelor's degree in Music from Ithaca College.

Constance Mattox

Visual Arts Teacher

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Ms. Mattox began teaching at Madeira in 2008. She earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University.

Elaine Randolph

Production Manager

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Ms. Randolph began teaching at Madeira in 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College.

Dannice Crespo

Violin and Viola Instructor

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Ms. Crespo started working at Madeira in 2002. She a bachelor's degree in Music from University of Central Arkansas and a master's degree from University of California at Irvine.

Deborah Morris

Piano and Flute Instructor

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Ms. Morris began instructing at Madeira in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree in Music from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree from The Catholic University.

Michelle Sarson

Director of Dance

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Michelle has taught jazz technique and choreographed for The Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., The Washington School of Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet and CityDance Ensemble. She has been the on-site director for CityDance at The Madeira School for six years and was named Director of Dance in 2016.

Stacy Bell

Voice Instructor

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Stacy Bell moved to Sterling, VA in July 2009 where she opened her private studio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music: Vocal Pedagogy from Northland International University in 2009 and her Contemporary Commercial Vocal Music certification from Shenandoah University in 2013. Her students have gone on to be a part of music programs in institutions including James Madison University, George Mason University, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, The University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Carnegie Melon University, and Christopher Newport University.

Joan Wolfe Kidder

Cello Instructor

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Joan Wolfe Kidder teaches and performs in Northern Virginia. She earned her Masters in Music Performance from Ball State University, where she studied cello and chamber music with Dr. Peter Opie of the American Piano Trio, and her Bachelors in Music Performance from the Conservatory of Shenandoah University where she studied with Mr. Clyde Shaw of the Audubon Quartet. Joan has participated in various summer music festivals including the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival and the Chautauqua Summer Music Festival. She performs around the region and in recent years has played with the National String Symphonia and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra.  In addition to classical music she loves musical theatre and plays shows whenever she can.

Joan has been teaching cello for over 6 years. She began her study of the Suzuki method in 2014 and is currently certified through book 3 with plans to continue study. She believes in the emphasis of listening skills and believes they help her students to be sensitive musicians. She has also taught many group classes for general music skills and piano skills and is certified in the Orff method and uses its emphasis on movement with all her students. In graduate school, Joan had an assistantship in the music theory department and instills the love of theory and basic musical knowledge to help create well-rounded musicians. 

Zachary Foxley

Guitar Instructor

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Zach Foxley began studying jazz guitar in Paris, France when he was twelve years old. Over the next ten years, Zach continued to study jazz guitar from professionals and university professors.  He earned his BA in Music and Liberal Arts, specializing in their Classical Guitar from Southern Virginia University.  He is now pursuing his Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from George Mason University. Zach's unique teaching style incorporates musical principles gained from his years of cross-genre studies and performances. His passion is twofold: making inspiring music, and teaching others how to make inspiring music of their own. 

Heather Fetrow

Director of Choral Music

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Heather Fetrow joins the Madeira Fine Arts department this fall as the Director of Choral Music.  Ms. Fetrow has directed choral ensembles previously at the Browning School in New York City and the Hun School of Princeton.  She is currently the Associate Director of Strathmore Children's Choir's Treble Chorus in Rockville, MD. She holds degrees in Music Education, Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Ann Miller

Visual Arts Teacher

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