About Our Program

The Frederick High School Orchestra Program currently has 2 ensembles: Orchestra and Concert Orchestra. As of the 2019/2020 school year, Orchestra will be 40 students, and Concert Orchestra will have 27, for a total of 67 students in the program. This is a growth of nearly 50% from the 2018/2019 school year!

These amazing young artists have been doing great work during these past two semesters, with the program performing at four concerts throughout the year, the FHS Homecoming Parade, the Carbon Valley Empty Bowls Fundraiser, the Colorado Gifted & Talented Conference in Loveland, the American String Teacher’s Association festival in Colorado Springs, and the Elitch’s Music Festival. A group of students from FHS has also been volunteering to bring free after-school tutoring and lessons to Coal Ridge Middle School once a week! We are already looking forward to all the great work we will do next year. Please check out the video below to see the students in action during the 18/19 school year!


Mr. Kyle Harrison Jirasek Liss

Mr. Liss is a music educator, jazz pianist, and composer originally from Chicago, IL. He holds a BA in Music, Jazz Studies emphasis from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, is pursuing a Master’s in Music Education from CU Boulder, has gigged as a professional musician since age sixteen, composed eight albums worth of original material across a variety of genres and styles, and toured the U.S. with a band he booked and managed for seven years. In addition to serving as Director of Orchestras at FHS, he directs the Pit for the Fall Musical, is a Co-Band Director, and teaches Music Tech, Guitar, and other general music electives.