The Lamar Middle School Orchestras are conducted by Ms. Tara Kizer.  Our orchestra program offers students a variety of specialized course options, including Beginning Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra, as well as Fiddlers and Chamber Music.

"Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge.  Therefore, every individual should be guaranteed the opportunity and to share in musical experiences.  The Lamar Middle School Orchestra and Classical Guitar Ensemble’s mission is to advance string education by encouraging the study and making of music by all, and to provide a strong foundation for a lifetime of music making."

- Lamar Orchestra Mission Statement


Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Tara Kizer is a proud product of public school orchestra and has been playing violin for 15 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri State University, and recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Music Education with Violin Emphasis.  Ms. Kizer has a special interest in all genres of fiddle music, and completed her Master's Thesis on the topic of the integration of fiddle music into Oklahoma public school string music education. 

Orchestra students are encouraged to use the online tool SmartMusic for progress assessment.  The newly redesigned Lamar Orchestra Webpage contains the orchestra calendar, a blog where parents can read Ms. Kizer's reflections on rehearsals and concerts, helpful links for students, an online store for Lamar Orchestra swag, information on the Friends of Lamar Orchestra booster club, and much more.  Like us on Facebook (Lamar Fine Arts Academy Orchestra) and follow us on Twitter @Lamar_Orchestra for the latest updates.  Our YouTube channel contains videos for beginners, learn-by-ear fiddle tunes, livestreams of all concerts, and more.


Lamar MS Orchestra - YouTube

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