2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Fort Collins High School - Symphony Orchestra

- MST
IC North

John Hermanson
Fort Collins High School, Director of Orchestras

John Hermanson has been the Director of Orchestras at Fort Collins High School for 9 years and is in his 16th year of teaching. His program consists of four orchestras auditioned by level and Pit Orchestra. In addition, he teaches AP Music Theory, and Unified Music. 

Mr. Hermanson’s ensembles consistently receive superior ratings at state festivals and have a long history of invitations to perform at state festivals, national festivals, and abroad. In March of 2020, the FCHS Symphony Orchestra was one of 7 orchestras in the country invited to perform at the Music for All Festival in Indianapolis, IN. In March of 2018 the FCHS Music Department toured Australia, performing in Sydney and Brisbane. In January of 2016 and 2018 the FCHS Symphony Orchestra and Tower Orchestra performed at the CMEA. In March of 2015 the FCHS Music Department toured Europe, performing in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Many students audition and are accepted to Colorado All State Orchestra and the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival on an annual basis. Creating the best possible orchestra experience for students is Mr. Hermanson’s highest priority.

Originally from Rapid City, Mr. Hermanson moved to Colorado in 2001. He holds two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, all from Colorado State University. Mr. Hermanson is past chair of Colorado All State Orchestra and Chair of the Colorado ASTA Large Group Orchestra Festival. Prior to FCHS, Mr. Hermanson taught at Summit High School and Conifer High School. He resides in Fort Collins with his wife, Anna.


Presider - Jennifer Roth, Fort Collins High School Assistant Principal

Concert Host - Loni Obluda, CO ASTA President