Carlos Lara will be starting his 14th year as head orchestra director at Klein Collins High School in Klein ISD. Prior to this appointment, he served as assistant director there for two years. He earned his bachelor of music from Sam Houston State University where he studied violin with Andrew Wilson and studied conducting with Carol Smith and Allen Hightower. Carlos is a native of Corpus Christi, TX, where he spent his youth learning to play the violin and making a living as a mariachi musician.
Carlos is an active member of the Texas Orchestra Director’s Association and the Texas Music Educator’s Association, serving as an All-State organizer in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. The Klein Collins Orchestra is a highly competitive and nationally recognized ensemble, placing 2nd runner up in the 2012 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra contest and being selected as a featured performer in the Music For All National Orchestra Festival in the spring of 2017. Sought after as both adjudicator and clinician, Carlos enjoys conducting musicals, teaching private lessons, and teaching at various orchestra camps across Texas. He resides in Spring, TX with his wife Erin, and his two children Carlos III and Gema. Carlos is happy to be a member of the community he teaches in and is a principal player with The Woodlands United Methodist Church orchestra. In his spare time, he can be found playing with his kids and cheering on his favorite sports, soccer, and football.