Our Instructors

 


  Kit Cleto,Voice/Studio Manager:  was born in Chicago, Illinois and showed interest in music at an early age. He actively sang in choirs from elementary school through high school. Kit received a bachelor of music in vocal performance from the University of Central Florida, studying under Dr. Jeremy Hunt and Priscilla Bagley. During his time at UCF, Kit sang solos with the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and UCF Symphony Orchestra and performed with UCF Opera, Orlando Opera Company, Orlando Philharmonic and Valencia Opera Theater Workshop. Kit holds a master of music in voice performance & literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied with Jerold Siena, an internationally acclaimed tenor who has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and the world's leading opera houses. While at the U of Illinois, he performed with the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, U of I Opera Studio & Opera Scenes, Danville Symphony Station Theatre, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Allerton Music Barn Festival. He spent the summers of 2010 and 2013 performing operatic scenes and studying the Italian language with La Scuola Italia per Cantanti Lirici in Urbania and St’Angelo in Vado, Italy.

After returning to Orlando, Kit has performed with Central Florida Vocal Arts, Opera Orlando, and Opera del Sol, as well as successfully crossing over into the musical theatre genre performing with many Central Florida theatre companies. Theatre credits include: In The Heights (Orlando Shakes), Hunchback of Notre Dame (CFCArts, Titusville Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar (Garden Theatre), ThanksKilling (Orlando Fringe), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Beth Marshall Presents), A Christmas Carol (Athens Theatre), Bonnie & Clyde (Garden Theatre), Spamalot (Athens Theatre), Hands On A Hardbody (TheatreWorks Florida), The Secret Garden (Mad Cow Theatre). Recently, Kit was featured as a principal soloist with Opera del Sol’s Music of the Night Masquerade Gala and has worked behind the scenes as the vocal coach for Big Fish (Valencia College Theatre) and music director for Evita (Osceola Arts). As a voice faculty member at Valencia College, his students have been accepted into programs on scholarship from Rollins College and Stetson University. Kit enjoys singing and teaching many styles of music, from opera to pop to musical theatre. He believes that learning and loving music is a gift that enriches our daily lives. 





Shawn Lowe, Dance: is a Florida native, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts. Lowe has extensive training in contemporary, ballet, modern, jazz and tap. He has taught and choreographed at various institutions from Central Florida to South Florida; In Motion Dance Project, X-Factor Dance and Gymnastics, Coral Reef Senior High School and New Image Dance Center. He has also worked with production companies such as Disney Special Events, Odd-O-T’s Entertainment, Metropolis Productions, and Harddrive Productions. Throughout his career Lowe has been spotted performing at Walt Disney World, Seaworld and Universal Studios. Lowe currently performs with Yow Dance! at various venues across Central Florida.












Megan Penfield:  Voice & Piano:   A classically-trained coloratura soprano, Megan Penfield is a Central Florida-based musician and actor.  Megan holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University and a Master of Music degree from University of Central Florida.  She is an active member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and has been teaching voice and piano lessons for eleven years.  Megan is also an active performer in the Orlando area, having performed with groups like The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Festival Singers of Florida, Opera Orlando, Central Florida Vocal Arts, Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre, and Phoenix Tears Productions. She is also a co-founder of College Park Presbyterian Church's theatre ministry, where she is active as a script writer, director, producer, and actor.   As an educator, Megan Penfield has provided quality music instruction in theory, piano, and voice for eleven years.  Megan uses an eclectic style of instruction, using a mix of scientific fact, active moving, and metaphors to communicate instruction.  She is an active member of NATS, and frequently engages in professional development.  Megan's students have been accepted to vocal programs at institutions such as Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Rollins College, University of Miami, Berklee College of Music, and Belmont University, and have a high success rate in NATS vocal competitions, music theater and youth opera programs, summer music programs, the Florida All-State Honor Choirs, and more.





Gabrielle Pitchford, Voice/Piano: received a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she studied voice with soprano, Arisa Kusumi, and German,and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied with mezzo-soprano, Clara O’Brien.  Feeling most comfortable on the stage and in front of an audience, Gabrielle has enjoyed a life of performing in recitals, and opera. Participating in competitions, school
productions, and community events, Gabrielle placed 3rd in her division at NATS in 2014, has performed the roles of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Morgana in Alcina as part of a scenes production at Rollins College, has played the role of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, and Pamina in The Magic Flute with the Vienna Summer Music Festival, Pamina in The Magic Flute for the Opera at The Carolina's outreach program, and First Lady in The Magic Flute with UNCG Opera. In addition to opera productions, Gabrielle loves programming and singing in recitals. At the completion of her Masters degree, she performed a recital comprised of all female composers ranging from the Baroque to present day. Gabrielle has studied extensively in Europe, learning German as a second language, and
studying with world-renowned coaches, teachers, and conductors, including vocal coach Daniel Sarge, and conductor Christian Schultz. Having a diverse experience in training both in the States and abroad, Gabrielle uses this hybrid of vocal technique to teach what she has found to be the most effective from all areas of her training. Having a passion for
teaching and singing, Gabrielle enthusiastically works with all her students to help them produce the most healthy, beautiful sound possible to communicate and express effectively.