The Balcones Community Orchestra is in its twenty-third season of bringing high-quality chamber orchestra music to the Austin region. The all-volunteer group draws its repertoire from the masterworks for small orchestra, and presents free concerts in venues that approximate the conditions under which these works were first performed and heard. 

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Sunday, Sept 26th - 4:00 pm

Lakeway Activity Center
105 Cross Creek  78734

nick hammel, violin

Bach: Violin Concerto in E Major

The orchestra will also perform
Mendelssohn:  String Sinfonia No. 1 in C Major
Mozart:  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Upcoming 2021 - 2022 Concerts - Sundays 4:00:

  • Oct 24      TBA - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection

  • Nov 21      Brian Hall, violin - St. Martin's Lutheran Church

  • Jan 23      SungEun Park, Piano - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

  • Feb 20     TBA - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection

  • Mar 20     TBA - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection

  • Apr 24      TBA - St. Martin's Lutheran Church

  • May 22     Artina McCain, piano - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church                                                                                                                                          

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Nick Hammel - Bio

Our own Austin Rising Star

Violinist Nick Hammel is currently a senior at The University of Texas where he studies under Sandy Yamamoto. He has soloed with orchestras such as the Central Texas Medical Orchestra and the University of Texas University Orchestra, and has plans to solo with the Austin Civic Orchestra and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Nick was appointed Principal Second Violin of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.


Nick is also an active chamber music performer, and has performed with artists such as Sandy Yamamoto, Bion Tsang, Andrew Brownell, and Anton Nel. His former group, Trio En, won Silver Medal in the Senior Strings Division of the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. They also placed first in the 2020 MTNA Chamber Music Competition, and were semifinalists in the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Nick was also second violinist of the Favola Quartet, which won Grand Prize in the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition.


In his free time, Nick loves to play games, whether it be digitally or of the board variety. He also enjoys cooking for friends, even if they might not enjoy it as much as he does.