Kristoffer “Kit” Cleto was born in Chicago, Illinois and showed interest in music at an early age. He began singing in the church and started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. As a young pianist, he competed and received high ratings from the National Piano Guild. He actively sang in choirs from elementary school through high school. In 2011, he received a BM 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. He also performed operatic roles with UCF Opera, the Orlando Opera Company, and Valencia Opera Theater Workshop. He actively participated and held officer positions in the collegiate chapters of the National Association for Music Educators, American Choral Directors Association, and the social music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2014, Kit received a MM in Voice Performance & Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under full scholarship, studying 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, Kit held a graduate teaching assistantship with a private voice studio of undergraduate students. He performed operatic and musical theater roles with the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, U of I Opera Studio & Opera Scenes, Station Theatre, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Allerton Music Barn Festival. Kit 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. He has been a tenor section leader/soloist for multiple churches, including First United Methodist of Winter Park, Wesley First United Methodist (Urbana, IL), Faith United Methodist (Champaign, IL), and now Park Lake Presbyterian in Orlando. Kit enjoys singing and teaching many styles of music, from opera to pop, and believes that learning and loving music is a gift that enriches our daily lives.
Kit Cleto is currently not instructing any classes.