A series of Noonday Recitals is held in the spring and fall of each year. Mainly presented in the Hintz Room, the concerts are held on Wednesdays from 12:05 – 12:30 p.m. and feature a wide variety of musicians and musical styles. All of our recital programs are recorded for broadcast locally in the Reading area and published on our website and YouTube channel. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we have new programs available.
2017 Fall Noonday Recital Series
November 8 – Marlin Kerchner, organ
Marlin received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Millersville University where his undergraduate program included private study on organ as his principal instrument. While attending Millersville he studied organ with Karl Moyer and Luke Grubb. He began his teaching career in the Hamburg Area School District where he taught elementary music for 35 ½ years. Marlin held positions in church music ministry for 25 years at several Berks County churches serving as organist and director of choirs. Currently he serves St. Daniel’s Lutheran, Robesonia, PA, as organist and choir accompanist.
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation the program will combine a visual presentation with music of the Renaissance and compositions based on the hymns of Martin Luther.
November 15 – Adlai Binger, Karen Eddinger, David McConnell, James Wilson
Adlai Binger, Director of Choral Music and Music Department co-chair, 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.
Karen S. Eddinger joined the staff of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, as Minister of Music in August 2011. She had previously served as Trinity’s Music Intern and Assistant Director of Music from 1981-1989, during which time she began the church’s handbell program. Immediately prior to rejoining the staff at Trinity, Karen was the Minister/Director of Music at St. John’s (Hain’s) UCC, Wernersville, PA, where she served for twenty-two years. In addition to church work, Karen is the accompanist for the Women’s Chorale at Albright College. She was also the Choristers Director of the Berks Classical Children’s Chorus, now BYC, a position she held from the organization’s inception in 1992 through spring 1996. A magna cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, Karen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music with a major in voice and a minor in organ. She continues organ studies with Stephen Williams.
Dr. David A. McConnell is an active conductor and teacher. In the fall of 2012 he founded Vox Philia, an intergenerational chamber choir made up of professional and gifted amateur singers. In the summer of 2014, he co-founded Berks Sinfonietta, a chamber orchestra that also utilizes an intergenerational approach, bringing professional Reading players together with gifted students in both high school and college.
Dr. McConnell teaches music classes at Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus. He also teaches group and private piano and organ lessons at Alvernia University in Reading. As Minister of Music at Immanuel UCC, he plays for weekly liturgies, conducts the Senior Choir and Bell Choir, oversees the training and rehearsing of four other choirs and manages an active concert series at the church. Dr. McConnell is also the Choir Director at Lehigh Carbon Community College, a group he started in February 2005. Since then the choir has grown in size and skill level, made up of current students and faculty, alumni and members of the community.
Dr. McConnell received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in December 2002. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. McConnell also holds degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and Temple University in Philadelphia. He has attended the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians in Hancock, Maine, the South Carolina Conductor’s Institute in Columbia, South Carolina, and The Conductors Institute at Bard College.
In recent years, Dr. McConnell has conducted choirs in Portugal, The Netherlands, and Latvia, as well as throughout the northeastern United States.
James K. Wilson has held the position of Choir Director at Christ Church (Episcopal) since January, 1999; in August of 2011 he assumed the additional responsibility of serving as Christ Church’s organist. He was awarded the degree of Master of Music with Distinction in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, and also earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from West Chester University. Piano study was with Dr. Richard Veleta; organ study was with David Spicer and Robert Carwithen.
A director for Berks Classical Children’s Chorus from 1992 – 2003, Mr. Wilson held the positions of Staff Assistant, Choristers Director, and Chorale Director. He recently accepted the position of Interim Chorale Director for the same group now known as Berks Youth Chorus.
Mr. Wilson recently retired as the vocal music teacher and choral director at Schuylkill Elementary School in Phoenixville Area School District, Chester County; a position he held for thirty six years. He is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, The American Choral Directors Association and The American Guild of Organists.
November 22 – George Kershner, piano
George Kershner was born and raised locally and graduated from Wilson High School, Albright College, and Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. He worked for thirty-eight years as an emergency physician at the Reading Hospital, including fifteen years as director of the Department of Emergency Medicine, retiring in 2012. Additionally, he studied piano locally with the late Miriam Weiss Heisler.
2016 – 2017 Artists Included:
Joseph Russell, organ
Kristen Diehl, soprano
Karen Eddinger, organ
The Three Sopranos – Carolann Schneiderhan, Anna Sallade, and Jennifer Michalik
Danny Bishop, cello
Andrew Lutz-Long, organ