Ken Goodenberger, Director

 

Ken Goodenberger, Director of West Valley Chorale

Ken Goodenberger has been a prominent member of the musical scene in Phoenix for over 30 years. He is a well-rounded musician, who is active as a conductor, choral clinician, voice teacher, actor and singer. All of his musical endeavors are dedicated to making music of the highest caliber accessible to
students, choirs and audiences.

Mr. Goodenberger currently serves as Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West, and is the Artistic Director of the West Valley Chorale. Ken is also an experienced theater music director as the ariZoni winning Musical Director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, MD of Avenue Q: School Edition both at Theater Works, MD of Les Miserables and ariZoni nominated Happy Days - A New Musical at Creative Stages Youth Theatre, Willy Wonka at Starlight Community Theater, and MD of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone at PVCC. The former director of The Theater Works’ Youth Works Choir, The City of Phoenix Children’s Chorus, and a past Director of the Arizona Elementary All State Choir, Ken has also made a strong impact as a children's choral director. As the Music Director for Showcase Concerts, Ken directs the Royal Renaissance Singers and OperAntics (formerly OperaTunity). These two groups perform as
many as 100 times a year for a wide variety of audiences. Under Ken’s direction, The Royal Renaissance Singers recorded their first CD: ‘Sing a Song of Merry Christmas’. OperaTunity has delighted hundreds of audiences, ranging from elementary schools to featured performances with the Phoenix Symphony. These groups are among the best in the state when working with children and Ken’s ability as a teacher and communicator helps this to be true. Recently, Ken has used his many years of teaching school children about opera to advantage, Directing Arizona Opera’s education show: Who Wants to Be an Opera Star.

Ken is equally well known to Valley audiences as a singer as he is a conductor. In addition to his abundant performances with OperaTunity and the Royal Renaissance Singers, Mr. Goodenberger performs The Ken and Brenda Show at Theater Works, Arizona Broadway Theatre and many other venues on a regular basis. Ken has been the featured Soloist with The Grand Salon Orchestra, and in 2008, was featured tenor in Aria ready for an OPERAtunity? with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.. He has been featured tenor with the West Valley Symphony, and In November of 2013, will debut the role of Judd in a reading of Craig Bohmler’s new Opera Riders on the Purple Sage, based on Zane Grey’s epic novel. In 2002 he recorded Ramirez’ Misa Criolla with Khenany and the Grammy Award Winning Phoenix Boys Choir, and is an Arizona District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition. Ken has been a frequent soloist and narrator with the Phoenix Symphony, singing as featured tenor in a concert of operatic favorites and also performing Kurt Weill's Street Scene, Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, and a staged version of Menotti's Help, Help, the Globolinks! Ken was the featured tenor for the Phoenix Symphony’s first ever sold out weekend of performances with the magnificently reviewed Broadway Showstoppers. Ken most recently received rave reviews as FredrikEgerman in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, the Narrator and the Mysterious Man in Into the Woods and as King Arthur in Camelot. He was nominated for an ariZoni as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (all at Theater Works). He was also Zoni nominated as Tony in Southwest Shakespeare Company’s West Side Story. Other musical credits include Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Jacob/ Potiphar in Phoenix Theater’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Nanki Poo in The Mikado. Ken’s operatic credits include Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Rodolfo in La Boheme, both by Puccini.

Ken maintains a private voice studio and lives in Glendale with wife Brenda and their nine children.



  
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The West Valley Chorale, Inc.
Box 1173
Sun City , Arizona    85372


Email:  westvalleychorale@usa.net

To join us as a member, or to inquire on how you can support the chorale,
please call 623-214-2259 (Earl)


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