A group of Rim Country vocalists, training with professional tenor Ken Goodenberger, will present their first public recital this week.
Goodenberger has been making twice-monthly trips to the Rim Country to work with a group of 19 residents, providing them with professional voice training.
"There will be 14 of my students participating in the recital with me," Goodenberger said.
Some of the pieces to be presented include works from "Phantom of the Opera," Rogers and Hammerstein, and two pieces made popular by the noted young vocalist, Josh Groban. Additionally the program will feature folk songs and classical pieces.
In addition to the private voice lessons Goodenberger has given since January, he held two vocal workshops for high school students. The efforts touched about 100 lives, including local music teachers, with his very capable training.
The recital is at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in the Payson High School auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Payson Choral Society, and is free to the public.
Businessman Dan Hill is among Goodenberger's Rim Country students.
"The neat part is to have someone of Ken's caliber to provide this training," Hill said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to develop a talent to make it sound as good in public as it does in the shower."
Hill said Goodenberger teaches his students how to breathe, relax their jaw and use their stomach.
Hill has shared his talents before, participating in both holiday programs and the popular musical melodramas presented in Christopher Creek each summer.
"I will be singing a Josh Groban song, ‘To Where You Are,'" Hill said.
He is so impressed with Goodenberger's skills as a voice coach, Hill said he would like to persuade his wife to take lessons.
"She has an operatic voice, but is much too timid. She'd sing way better than I do if she'd agree to work with Ken."
Hill said it has been incredible to see Ken's work with younger students.
"There's a high school boy, a nice kid, and Ken has him singing like an angel."
Goodenberger has been a professional artist and voice teacher for more than 20 years. He primarily works one-on-one with his students, who range in age from just 9 to retirees.
"One of my regular students is 74," he said.
Goodenberger is no stranger to the Rim Country. While he was growing up, his family had a cabin in the Geronimo Estates area where he spent many summers.
Goodenberger is also director of music for Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West. He is the conductor of both the Sanctuary Choir and the Bell Choir.
In addition to his 20 years of experience directing church choirs, Goodenberger is artistic director of Showcase Concerts, Inc., the parent organization of The Royal Renaissance Singers, and OperaTunity. The OperaTunity project is a music education program created to acquaint students in the Phoenix area with opera terminology and traditions through delightful music and humor.
As a soloist, he has performed in many recitals, as well asith orchestras and opera companies including the Phoenix Symphony, the Oklahoma Symphony and Arizona Opera.