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Time and time again, we are struck by how many of our graduates express that the most profound aspect of their undergraduate experience at Albright was the collaborative working relationships they developed with their faculty mentors.   These are deep bonds that last a lifetime. We could not be more proud of our growing list of internationally recognized, award-winning teaching artists and scholars who strive every day to nurture and champion the next generation of musical artists and entrepreneurs with their time, their talents, and their invaluable expertise.    

Adlai Binger, M.M.
Co-Chair and Director of Choral Music
610-921-7872 | abinger@albright.edu


  • M.M.E., Shenandoah University
  • B.S., Gettysburg College

Adlai Binger has been teaching at Albright College since 1995.  He conducts the College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Albright Angels, and Mane Men.  In addition, he teaches classroom theory and music history, and private voice.  Mr. Binger holds a B.S. in Music Education from Gettysburg College, a Masters in Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia with additional extensive course work from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in the areas of choral music and children’s choirs.  Before coming to Albright, Mr. Binger spent twenty years as a church musician in Harrisburg and Reading during which time he was active as both participant and as an instructor with the Royal School of Church Music.  He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, Chorus America, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Anglican Association of Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists.

Tamara Black, M.M.
Adjunct Lecturer in Music (Voice/Theory/History)
610-921-7715 | tblack@albright.edu


  • B.M., Westminster Choir College
  • M.M., Temple University

Noted for her “splendid dramatic voice, beautiful legato phrasing, and engaging stage presence”, soprano Tamara Black sings her first performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Hershey Symphony in April 2015. Ms. Black made a Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and began her opera career on the stages of the Spoleto Festival USA and the Festival dei Due Mondi. She has performed with Dicapo Opera, New Jersey Opera Theatre, Capitol Opera, and Berks Opera Company singing roles such as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Mimi in La Bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and the title roles in Massenet’s Thaïs, Puccini’s Suor Angelic, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Ms. Black has appeared in a televised performance of the Mozart Coronation Mass with the Julliard Orchestra, and has been a featured guest artist with the Reading Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, Schuylkill Valley Symphony, Albright College Concert Series and the Byndenwood Recital Series. Tamara also is the founder and Executive Director of Berks Opera Company in Reading, PA and has a full private voice studio in Berks County. Ms. Black holds degrees in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College and Temple University, and has served on the faculty of Columbia University, Temple University, and Albright College.

Jesse Clark, M.M.
Instructor of Music Technology
610-921-7871 | jclark@albright.edu


  • B.M., Lebanon Valley College
  • M.M., Ithaca College

Jesse Clark earned his bachelor’s degree at Lebanon Valley College and master’s degree at Ithaca College studying music composition & theory and audio recording technology. He is a soundtrack composer and sound designer who worked on commercials, video advertisements, and films, such as the Oscar qualifying film, The United States of Autism (2013).  As a live audio engineer of almost two decades he mixed Grammy award winning bands and acts including a track on a Grammy award-winning album. As a studio audio engineer he recorded and mixed many of these same acts and was also the main engineer for a prominent weekly radio talk show that “aired” on satellite radio from 2007-2009.  As a performing musician, while he is also skilled with bass, piano, and recently sitar, his cello work is heard on the soundtrack for the film, Home (2008), which premiered at the Montreal World Film Fest and went on to be awarded Best of Fest 2009.  He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Music Theory at Temple University.

Michael Eben, B.S.
Director of Jazz Ensemble and Adjunct Lecturer in Music
610-921-7715 | meben@albright.edu


  • B.S., Lebanon Valley College

Michael Eben is a saxophonist and music educator from Reading, PA.  He received a B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College in 1976.  In 2010 he retired from the Muhlenberg School District, having taught instrumental and general music.  He is currently an adjunct instructor at Albright College, where he teaches jazz band and jazz history.  In November of 2006, with the cooperation of the Reading Music Foundation and Project Penske, Mike began hosting the Berks Jazz Jam, a jam session for student musicians.  The jam features professional musicians and educators from Berks County and beyond, performing with and giving advice to budding jazz artists.  Mike plays saxophone in several area bands, including his own jazz group, From the HIP.  In March of 2008, during the Berks Jazz Fest, Mike was presented with the Frank Scott Award, given to a member of the music community who works to promote jazz in the Berks County area.  The award is named for tenor saxophonist Frank Scott, a well-known jazz and blues musician from Reading, Pa.

Timothy D. Gross, M.A.
Director of Symphonic Band
610-921-7715 | tgross@albright.edu


  • B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Gratz College

Timothy D. Gross holds the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College.  He is currently vocal music director at Reading Northeast Middle School and adjunct director of the Albright College Symphonic Band.  As a musician, Mr. Gross performs frequently in and around Berks County with the Carl Zeplin/Tim Gross Jazz Duo, the Standard Quartet, and the Blue Lime Sax Project.  Mr. Gross also performs regularly with the historic Ringgold Band and Let’s Dance…The Orchestra.  His theatrical credits include performances in the pit orchestras at the Genesius Theater, the Reading Civic Theater, and the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.  In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Gross served on the faculties of the Reading Symphony Orchestra’s Orchestra Zone program, the Reading Musical Foundation “Face the Music” program, and the Reading Summer Music Institute.  He also teaches woodwinds and piano at his private studio in western Berks County.

Jeffrey, Lentz, M.M.
Co-Chair and Senior Artist in Residence (Theatre/Music)
610-921-7806 | jlentz@albright.edu


  • B.A., Albright College
  • M.M., Yale University School of Music

Jeffrey Lentz is an award-winning vocalist who has graced many of the world’s finest opera houses and concert stages including: Lincoln Center, The Barbican Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Theatre de La Monnaie, and the San Francisco Opera. He has also appeared at the Glyndebourne, Glimmerglass, and Garsington Festivals.  Specializing in new works of music theatre, Jeffrey first garnered international attention at the Opera de Monte Carlo in the title role of Lowell Liebermann’s opera, The Picture of Dorian Gray.  He made his West End Theatre debut at London’s Almeida Theatre in the world premiere of John Casken’s opera, God’s Liar. He has been seen numerous times on PBS -- in both their GREAT PERFORMANCES series (for the world premieres of both Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire and the Dratell/Wasserstein, Torke/Gurney, and Beaser/McNally triptych Central Park) and the LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER series (for the national broadcast of the New York City Opera’s acclaimed production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan). In 2004, Jeffrey received a Grammy Award nomination for his work on Ed Thomas’, Desire Under the Elms. Under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Jeffrey debuted at the Kennedy Center in his signature role, Peter Quint, in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Recent projects include a debut at the Teatro Avenida with the Buenos Aires Lirica as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, a return to the Glimmerglass Festival as Heurtebise in Philip Glass' Orphée, and a NEA sponsored, multi-media performance project for both the El Paso Opera and The El Paso Museum of Art entitled, The Birth of Opera, (created with his producing partner, Cocol Bernal).  Jeffrey also garnered recent critical praise for this portrayal of famed architect, Louis Kahn, in the premiere recording of a new opera entitled, Architect, by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Lew Spraitlin. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including: The Lucy G. Moses Fellowship (Yale University); the Kolosvar Prize (NYCOpera), the Pagoda Award for Artistic Achievement (Berks Arts Council); and both the Annadora Vesper Shirk Award for Creative Scholarship and the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching at Albright College where he serves as the Artist in Residence for the Departments of Theatre and Music.

Brian Levering, B.A.
Instructor of Guitar
484-336-6785 | Brianlevering@gmail.com


  • B.A. Music Business, Lebanon Valley College

Brian Levering has been teaching guitar, bass, and piano lessons privately since 2005. In 2008, he graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.A. in Music Business. He went on to be hired at an independent music publishing company called RDSD Publishing where he is involved in A&R, song pitching, mechanical and sync/master licensing, as well as writing and recording music for the company’s catalogue. With this company, he has had several of his own songs licensed for a variety of independent projects. Beyond that, Brian has performed with many bands over the years, namely The Three Amigos and Egon and the Slimers. In addition to writing and performing in each, he is in charge of the musical arrangements for The Three Amigos, and he produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the debut album for Egon and the Slimers. Brian’s experiences with audio engineering have also earned him credit on albums by numerous independent artists.

A.J. Merlino, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music Business/Director of Music Industry Studies
732-822-4665 | AMerlino@albright.edu


  • B.A., Music Performance (Percussion) Kutztown University
  • D.M.A., Music Performance (Percussion) University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Hailed as, "One of New York's most exciting musicians..." A.J. Merlino’s intense and versatile performing style has made him a highly sought after percussionist. His playing has taken him around the world including Scotland, Croatia, Greece, Thailand, Australia, and Argentina. While residing in Las Vegas, he performed for special events with such artists as Jay-Z, Redfoo of LMFAO, Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers, Eric Marienthal, and Cee Lo Green for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

A.J. has worked as music director, composer and performer for many projects held at The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, as well as the production show Resurrecting Sin City, which premiered in Las Vegas and traveled to Adelaide, Australia. As a clinician, he has presented to numerous colleges, high schools, and festivals in the United States and abroad. 

A.J. Merlino currently serves as the percussionist for Remember Jones, We Used to Cut the Grass, Bella Vita, and performs as a soloist for an electronic percussion show entitled Percussion avec l’électronique. He can be heard of various recordings including:  Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! – Percussionist for Remember Jones, Stranger Heads Prevail – Percussionist for Thank You Scientist, Woodpecker – Percussionist for We Used to Cut the Grass, Lost Vegas - Soloist and Principal Percussionist for UNLV Wind Orchestra CD, Welcome to Las Vegas - Ragtime Rebels Marimba Band, Rebels in Paris - Soloist and Section Percussionist for Vox Ama Deus Ensemble, Colt Kayser EP - Percussionist for Colt Kayser Band.

A strong supporter of new music, Merlino uses his diverse skills on dozens of percussion instruments to commission new works from up and coming composers, such as a work for six-mallet marimba and choir by Los Angeles composer Justin Raines and new works for marimba by Casey Cangelosi and Pius Cheung. His work with new music also extends to numerous premieres utilizing various instrumentations by David T. Little, Virko Bailey, Jim Barnes, Scott Steele, Eric Whitacre, and Michael Daugherty.

Merlino holds percussion performance degrees from Kutztown University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. A.J. Merlino is the Director of Music Industry Studies and Assistant Professor at Albright College, Instructor of Music at Kutztown University, and CEO of the Reading Samba School.

Lars Potteiger, B. M.
Adjunct Instructor of Music
347.563.6449 | LPotteiger@albright.edu


  • B. M., University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music

Lars Potteiger maintains an active schedule as a jazz performer, composer, producer, recording artist, and clinician.  An energetic and enthusiastic performer, his playing is described by Jack Bowers at allaboutjazz.com as “…provid(ing) a constant flow of adrenalin.”  Mr. Potteiger has performed with a number of great jazz artists including singer Carolyn Leonhart (Steely Dan), Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist Wayne Esscoffery, jazz bassist Francois Moutin, National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Phil Woods, Sunnyside Records flutist Jamie Baum, and Frank London of the Klezmatics and Hasidic New Wave.  He has also had the pleasure of performing on a few Grammy nominated recordings.  Mr. Potteiger holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude and served on the faculty there as a lecturer.

Dana Weiderhold, M.M.
Director, String Chamber Orchestra
610-921-7715 | dweiderhold@albright.edu


  • B.M., West Chester University
  • M.M., University of Maryland, College Park

A native of Minersville, Pennsylvania, Dana Weiderhold studied under Simon Maurer, Sylvia Ahramjian, Michael Jamanis, James Stern and Arnold Steinhardt and has received degrees from both West Chester University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Weiderhold has concertized in Venezuela, Romania, Carnegie Hall, most recently appeared at Tulane University in New Orleans with her piano trio “Salisi” and was a featured soloist in Cameroon. She has appeared on WHYY, XPN, WRTI, WVIA, NBC, and QVC and has been a featured soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, West Chester University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and the Newark Symphony Orchestra. Dana is principal second violinist of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, serves as assistant concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and is concertmaster of the Anthracite Philharmonic. She has performed as an orchestral musician with the Baltimore Symphony, Annapolis, Allentown, Chester County Pops and Kennett Symphonies, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Concert Artists of Baltimore. As an active chamber musician, she is second violinist of “Elysian Camerata”, violinist in the piano trio “Salisi” and has appeared as a guest artist with the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble.  Expressing her interest in both classical and Indy Rock music, Dana has collaborated with some of Philadelphia’s most popular singer/songwriters having appeared on Andrew Lipke’s “The Plague” and “Siddiqah” as first violinist of the Azrael String Quartet. The group is currently releasing their newest album, “Siddhartha.”

Ms. Weiderhold has been providing private violin and viola instruction for students of all ages and levels for well over a decade and is most recently the recipient of the 2016 LLMEA Private Teacher Award. She has been a faculty member at the Darlington Fine Arts Center, The Music Centre, Blue Mountain Academy, Olenka School of Music in Maryland and has instructed young student group classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster. Dana coaches chamber music at the Bear Crossing Chamber Music String Camp each summer as well as Vermont Music and Arts Program at Lyndon State College, VT. She is currently on faculty at Albright College, Millersville University and the Linden Hall School in Lititz, PA and maintains an ever growing and enthusiastic private studio located in the heart of West Chester, Pennsylvania.