Ken Goodenberger, Artistic Director and Conductor

KEN GOODENBERGER, Artistic Director and Conductor, has been a prominent member of the musical scene in Phoenix for over 30 years. He is active as a conductor, choral clinician, voice teacher, actor and singer.  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, having received several ariZoni nominations and Awards. This past season he was the ariZoni winning Music Director of Secret Garden, as well as Little Mermaid Jr., This Way to Broadway, and the Kids Alive and Stardust singing troupes, all at Theater Works, and the ariZoni nominated MD of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at PVCC.  He is also the Artistic Director of Showcase Concerts Inc., which includes Royal Renaissance Singers and OperAntics.  Through those education groups, he brings music of all styles to audiences numbering in the thousands. Ken is also well known as a singer and an actor in both Musical Theatre and Opera circles with many credits, including: Follies (Roscoe), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Camelot (King Arthur), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), West Side Story (Tony), Faust (Faust), Tosca (Cavaradossi), and La Boheme (Rodolfo).  This February, Ken covered the role of Judkins in the world premier of Craig Bohmler’s Opera “Riders on the Purple Sage” at AZ Opera.  He maintains a private voice studio and lives in Glendale with wife Brenda and their large family: “The Plethora”.

Christine Kyhn, Principal Accompanist

CHRISTINE KYHN, Principal Accompanist, began her formal study of music at the age of 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from California State University East Bay focusing on Organ and Piano performance with additional work in Voice and Choir. She also earned the Colleague of the American Guild of Organists Certificate (CAGO) and has developed and directed children’s choir programs in Oregon, California, Colorado, and Arizona. In addition to her work with the West Valley Chorale, Christine is currently Principal Organist at Congregational Church of Sun City and is the Collaborative Accompanist for the Scottsdale Christian Academy choral program. She was also the Department Head of the vocal program at Rosie’s House Music Academy in Phoenix for nine years, growing the program from two small ensembles to a fully graded choir program encompassing five choirs, serving over 150 students Kindergarten through High School. She is a Distinguished Member Friend of the Arts of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. Christine lives in Peoria, AZ with her husband, Peter Kyhn. They have three grown children who are active in the arts, and five amazing grandchildren.