Gary Mizener

Instructor of Composition
Office: Simmons Music Building, Room 216
Phone: 409-880-7184


  • D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M., University of North Texas
  • B.M., University of North Texas

Gary Mizener is an adjunct professor of music at Lamar University. He earned a bachelor’s of music in music composition and a master’s of music education from the University of North Texas. He later completed a doctorate of musical arts in clarinet at The University of Texas at Austin. He currently teaches theory fundamentals, theory, orchestration, form and analysis, and technology in music at Lamar. He is a prizewinner in the Texas Composer’s Guild Composition Festival for a work for soprano and cello.

While in the Dallas area, Dr. Mizener taught clarinet in several school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as music fundamentals and composition for young students. He served as co-principal clarinet with the Valley Symphony Orchestra in Edinburg, Texas, and played with the South Texas Lyric Opera orchestra in McAllen, Texas. Before coming to Southeast Texas, he played with the North Dallas Chamber Orchestra and the Lake Cities Symphony in Lewisville, Texas. In addition, he played B-flat and solo E-flat clarinet in the Fort Worth Professional Concert Band. He studied with Lee Gibson, Andrew Crisanti, James Gillespie, Harry Schmidt, and Leland Munger.