High Honors for Cypress Lake High School Orchestra Director

Kayla Lisa, the Orchestra Director of Cypress Lake High School, is the Florida American String Teachers Association (FL-ASTA) Beginning Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Lisa fell in love with the violin when she was 8 years old.  “Music has been an integral part in shaping who I am.  My passion in life is teaching, developing and encouraging strong string musicians. Every day, I teach to share my love for strings with future generations and I am honored to receive this award.”

Ms. Lisa was nominated by her college professor, Judith Evans, Adjunct Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music & Arts.

“Since she was hired, Kayla has doubled the enrollment of the orchestra and added a beginning orchestra class at Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts,” explained Evans.  “Under her leadership, the Cypress Lake Orchestra received Superior ratings both years at the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) Music Performance Assessment. Kayla is a fine musician and cares about providing a quality program for her students.”

Angela Roles, Principal of Cypress Lake High School is proud of the recognition. “This is a very big deal and we are so proud of this honor and the commitment it represents to having the finest program in the county!  Way to go, Ms. Lisa!”


ASTA is a national, non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the future of string teaching and playing in the United States. ASTA pursues its mission through an open sharing of ideas; benefits, services, and activities responsive to the needs of all members; development of strong state leadership and chapters; enhancing the image and visibility of string teaching and study; advocacy for string education; and an inclusive community of string teachers and players.

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