Ken Goodenberger - Artistic Director



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Ken Goodenberger, Artistic Director, 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. Ken is also a Distinguished Member/Friend of the Arts of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Iota International Music Fraternity.  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, as well as Avenue Q: School Edition, Tom Sawyer, Dark of the Moon, Disney High School Musical and Disney Peter Pan Jr. all 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, The Pirate Queen and The Drowsy Chaperone at PVCC.
 
The former director of 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’. OperAntics 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 lives in Glendale with his wife Brenda and their 9(!) children. www.goodenberger.com
 
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