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 and parents are encouraged to connect with our program on our various online platforms, including our website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.  To get involved with our Booster Club, please email our Friends Of Lamar Orchestra (FOLO) president, Lisa Shackelford (  

Congratulations to Lamar Symphony Orchestra on their SWEEPSTAKES at UIL 2018!  Lamar was the ONLY middle school orchestra to perform a piece (The Don Quixote Suite) at a level 5 at UIL.  Congratulations to Ruby A., Marly A., Carden A., Emily C., Pascale E., Maia E., Dylan G. Marisol G., Lucy H., Thea K., Konnor L., Lucy M., Audrey M., Wylie M., Emerson M., Sydney N., Ileana N., Santiago O., Eugenio P., Amelie R., Mason S., Anokhi S., Ingrid S., Zoe T., Hazel T., Anna W., Noah W., Peter W., Rebecca Y., and Maria Z.!

Click here to listen to a recording of their performance!


Lamar MS Orchestra - YouTube

Welcome to the Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy Orchestra YouTube channel! We are based out of Austin, TX, and we can't wait to share our music with...