Vocal Students Sing Show Tunes, Spiritual Songs, Jazz Standards

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It is easy to sing in the car or shower. However, possessing the confidence to perform comfortably in front of an audience is a learned skill.

"Having a friendly audience of family and friends helps soothe those nerves," said tenor and voice coach Ken Goodenberger.

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Jennifer Baltz prepares for a recital at Gila Community College accompanied by pianist John Shevlin.

His students, who range in age from 12 to a couple in their 60s, will perform solos in the fourth annual recital Saturday, April 5.

"When the performers get past (their nervousness), and that happens a lot with these students, it is a lot of fun to be able to move people musically. People will be touched by what they hear," Goodenberger said.

The program includes:"And All That Jazz," "Lost in the Stars," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Memory," "Pie Jesu," "In My Own Little Corner," "Old Man River," "Asleep in the Deep," "Luck Be A Lady," "Therapy," "Come What May," "The Very Thought of You" and more.

Goodenberger and his wife Brenda will perform the only two duets of the afternoon, "Come What May" from the movie "Moulin Rouge" and "Therapy," a hilarious song about a couple trying to communicate, from the musical "Tick Tick Boom."

Victoria Harris and John Shevlin will accompany the students on piano.

The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in the community room at Gila Community College.

"The concert is free and everyone is invited. Come hear some of our wonderful local talent," Jennifer Baltz, a student said.

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Ken and Brenda Goodenberger will sing several duets at the students recital in Payson, April 5.

Goodenberger teaches students in Payson twice per month. His own performance schedule included an appearance in February with the Phoenix Symphony and this month, he and Brenda take the stage in their own show at the Arizona Broadway Theatre.

Operatic style was part of Goodenberger's musical training.

Rarely does a Payson student need to study opera, he said. However, there is value in studying classical techniques.

Goodenberger looks for songs for his students to sing that "teach something interesting and something that stretches them."

Squeaky high notes and lack of volume were two problem areas for Baltz before she began voice lessons with Goodenberger.

"Ken taught me how to use my air -- how to power the sound with my breathing, instead of singing just from my throat.hat's made a big difference in my vocal range and the sound quality.

"I can sing longer, too.Before the lessons, my throat usually started hurting halfway through choir practice," Baltz said.

Now, she can sing for hours without pain.

"I never thoughtinging could be so much fun," she said.

Kaitie Jones, a four-year student of Goodenberger, wowed the audience at Rim Country Middle School's spring band concert singing "How High the Moon," backed by the jazz band.

At the recital, she will sing an up-tempo tune from the Broadway Cinderella show, "In My Own Little Corner."

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