Our Program

The mission of the Arbor Creek Middle School Orchestra is to exemplify high-quality instruction to our students that will foster a lifelong appreciation for music and to fulfill our students’ musical potential. Our ever-growing program not only focuses on molding students into excellent musicians, but we also aim to develop their core values with regards to leadership, responsibility, confidence, and character. And as members of the ACMS orchestra, we value the sense of teamwork and camaraderie that is exemplified in our organization and together we all will keep challenging ourselves to be better, not only in our craft, but as persons as well.

ACMS orchestra consists of students from Hicks, Homestead, and Indian Creek Elementary. Our organization demonstrates excellence with consistent superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading contests and in festivals such as the Sandy Lakes Contest.

Mr. Tristan Hipolito is passionate about music ever since he was a young boy. A native of the Philippines, Mr. Hipolito started his musical career by learning how to play the violin when he was four years old.
By the time he was 13 years old, Mr. Hipolito moved to Frisco, Texas and attended Centennial High School. During his high school years, he was active in his orchestra program and in youth orchestras around the DFW area namely the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, Collin County Youth Orchestra, and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra where he consistently played and led said orchestras as their concertmaster. His experience in these programs propelled his decision to pursue music in college and teach and inspire the next generation of musicians.
Mr. Hipolito then attended the Meadows School of the Arts in Southern Methodist University where he graduated magna cum laude and received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education specializing in orchestral instruction. During his time in SMU, he studied with the late Dallas Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Emanuel Borok, as well as current DSO co-concertmaster, Nathan Olson. He also received instruction in conducting under the baton of Dr. Jack Delaney and voice with Virginia Dupuy.
Arbor Creek Middle School will be Mr. Hipolito’s first-year of teaching. Prior to that, however, Mr. Hipolito completed his student-teaching component at Fowler Middle School and Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco, Texas – both schools are well-known for their high-performing programs.
 An avid performer, Mr. Hipolito played with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra all throughout his college career, SYZYGY (Meadow’s contemporary music ensemble), San Angelo Symphony and music directed the SMU’s 24-hour musical program.
When Mr. Hipolito is not teaching, practicing, and/or “gigging,” he enjoys reading an engaging novel, watching Netflix and Hulu, playing some PC games, or experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen.

Our Orchestras




  • Consists primarily of 6th graders
  • No prior musical experience is necessary to join
  • Are grouped into classes that only contains their instrument
  • Learning the basics of how to play and maintain their respective instruments
  • Development of instrument techniques and musical knowledge (theory and history)
  • Introduction to sight-reading 
  • Introduction to playing with other instruments (playing as an ensemble)
  • Preparation of audition music for upper level orchestra placement in May

  • Primarily consists of 7th graders and a few 8th graders
  • Further development of ensemble skills by playing with the other instruments
  • Reinforcement of basic instrumental and music knowledge and further instruction on more techniques
  • Further focus on tone, rhythm, and intonation development
  • Development of sight-reading skills
  • Playing director chosen music
  • Preparation for Solo and Ensemble contest in the Spring
  • Preparation of audition music for Chamber orchestra in May

  • Consists of the most advanced players in the orchestra
  • Have had at least 2-3 years of experience with their instrument
  • Perform complex pieces that require a solid understanding of playing as an ensemble
  • Participation in the All-Region orchestra
  • Compete in the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading competition
  • Sectionals in preparation for All-Region, UIL, and Solo and Ensemble
  • Compete in spring festivals
  • Playing director chosen music
  • Preparation for Solo and Ensemble contest in the Spring
  • Preparation of audition music for Hebron High School orchestra

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