Arts Courses

Mission: Madeira Arts prepares students for the ever-evolving world by bolstering creativity, collaboration, curiosity, and resilience. 

Vision: Every artistic endeavor, whether it be visual or performing, encourages and celebrates excellence in each student at Madeira. Coursework challenges students to discover connections across disciplines, while practicing traditional and contemporary techniques in making art.

Available Courses


3 credits


Sasha Newman

Arts Department Chair

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Sasha 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 teaches Technical Theater, Advanced Theater Production, and STEAM in addition to designing the Fall play and Winter musical.

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.

Ann Miller

Visual Arts Teacher

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Adalia Tonneyck

Production Manager

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Adalia V Tonneyck has been designing costumes for the Madeira Theater Department since 2014 and now has join the faculty as the Production Manager. For the last 9 years Adalia has been the working in D.C. Metro area as a freelance theater artist, at such companies as The Folger, Traveling Players Ensemble, GWU, Howard University, Constellation, Signature and Adventure theater. She holds a B.A.F in Fiber Arts from S.C.A.D University of Creative careers and M.F.A in Production Design from George Washington University.

Julia Morris

Flute Instructor

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Master of Music candidate at George Mason University and received her Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University.

Marisa Lentz

Voice Instructor

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Jason Oestenstad

Director of Chamber Orchestra

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Shadell Segree

Arts Teacher

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Bobby McCoy

Piano Instructor

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Jerien Okoh-Tisch

Director of Choral Music

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Jerien Okoh-Tisch brings her passion for music education, conducting, and performing to the Madeira school as the Director of Choral Music. She holds a degree in Music from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute and a Standard Professional Teaching Certificate from the state of Maryland in Music Education. Her additional studies have taken her to the Royal College of Music in London, the New England Conservatory, and Vanderbilt University. Highlights of Ms. Okoh-Tisch's performance career include a tour in 2005 with Grammy award winning artists Kanye West and 2006 with Grammy nominated Gospel artist, Joe Pace. She has since conducted and performed in several ensembles and choruses in the U.K. and the United States while maintaining a private teaching practice specializing in classical and contemporary vocal instruction. Having studied under the award-winning music pedagogue, Peter Howard, she also teaches and plays cello, piano, and violin.    


Jaime Ibacache

Guitar Instructor

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