About the Orchestra

Hebron Orchestra

Hebron Orchestra is thrilled to offer four levels of orchestra for the 2022-2023 school year: Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra, as well as the newly formed Philharmonic Orchestra! Hebron Orchestra welcomes all young string musicians with middle school experience. Our goal as a program is to offer all students a rewarding musical experience. If you are new to Hebron Orchestra we canโ€™t wait for you to be a part of the Hebron Orchestra family!

Hebron Orchestra is highly awarded in local and statewide events. Program highlights include 39 UIL Sweepstakes, 32 All-State selections, two TMEA Honor Orchestra Finalist selections, and hundreds of Superior Ratings at Solo & Ensemble festivals.

Hebron Orchestra alumni continue to play music in college as both music majors and non-music majors. Recent former Hebron Orchestra students can be heard at UNT, TWU, SMU, A&M, USC, Rutgers, UCF, and the University of Denver, among others.


The Directors

Matthew Cautivar has served as the Director of Orchestras at Hebron High School since 2016. Under his direction the Hebron Orchestra has earned numerous awards and distinctions, as well as achieved numerous program firsts.  Currently the program enjoys a sixteen consecutive UIL Sweepstakes streak shared between all orchestras, as a result of 48 consecutive one ratings on stage.  Additionally the program has averaged double digit enrollment growth for the duration of his tenure.

Prior to serving at Hebron, Mr. Cautivar taught at Killian Middle School, a Hebron feeder school.  In his final year at KMS, the varsity orchestra earned a Sweepstakes rating at UIL performing a 5A Varsity High School program, for the first and only time in LISD Orchestra history.

Mr. Cautivar received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of North Texas.  He is an advocate of LISDโ€™s Strategic Design initiative as well as the 1:X initiative, having served previously on the Technology Cadre and Campus Design Team.  He has presented professional learning for LISD as well as other learning communities on a variety of topics, such as technology in the classroom, grading for learning, and new teacher training.  His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Orchestra Directors Association.  He has served on the TMEA Election Committee, the UIL Music Advisory Committee, the TODA Composition Contest Committee, and the LISD Device Evaluation Committee.

Mr. Cautivar enjoys several genres of music, and even more โ€“ sharing the joy of music with students. In his free time he enjoys cooking and dining, watching and playing basketball, and numerous hobbies.

Helen Chang is a graduate of the internationally-renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.  Mrs. Chang also received two Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Her musical training began at the age of 5, studying piano with her mother.  She began studying violin at the age of 11 in her school orchestra.  Two years later, she joined the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, was a two-time Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra member, and enjoyed extraordinary musical and cultural experiences that included international travels and performances in chamber and orchestral festivals around the US and Europe.  These experiences further inspired her to pursue a career in music.

Mrs. Chang began her teaching career at Richardson Junior High School in Richardson, and was selected as Teacher of the Year.  She has also served as Orchestra Director at Frankford and Robinson Middle Schools in Plano, Dealey Montessori Academy in Dallas, Hutcheson and Nichols Junior High Schools in Arlington, The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy in Grand Prairie, and in 2019, joined Killian Middle School in Lewisville.  Mrs. Chang enjoys the wonderful journeys of helping her students to be the best they can be!  Her orchestras have consistently won Sweepstakes Awards at the UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contests, and Best in Class and Grand Champion Awards at numerous orchestra contests and festivals.  Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Orchestra Directors Association.

Mrs. Chang has had the opportunities to play in accompanying orchestras for Andrea Bocelli, Amy Grant, Josh Groban, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Beyond teaching, Mrs. Chang enjoys traveling and spending time with her wonderful husband, Tommy and their son, Ian.