Fourteen Rim Country vocalists, training with professional tenor Ken Goodenberger, will present their first public recital at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in the Payson High School Auditorium.
The performance will feature Broadway tunes, folk songs, classical pieces, and contemporary numbers. The recital is sponsored by the Payson Choral Society, and is free to the public.
The society's president, Bill Backes, is one of the vocal students participating in the program. He will sing a Josh Groban song.
Businessman Dan Hill is also 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."
Goodenberger has been a professional artist and voice teacher for more than 20 years. He primarily works one-on-one with students. He has been making twice-monthly trips to the Rim Country since January to teach. Additionally, he held two vocal workshops for high school students.
Through the Payson Choral Society, Goodenberger will be working with vocal music students in Payson schools three times.
He was at the schools in August, and will return in October and January.
"This allows Ken, a classically trained vocalist, to reach 60 to 80 of our children," Backes said.