The Balcones Community Orchestra is in its twenty-fifth 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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THOMAS GOUGEON, VIOLIN
beethoven: F Major romance
wieniawski: d major polonaise
2023-2024 CALENDAR - SUNDAYS AT 4:00
September 24 - Patrice Calixte, Violin & Alex Smith, Viola - Lakeway Activity Center
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
October 22 - Anton Nel, Piano - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Mozart: Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 459
November 19 - Bryan Hall, Violin - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
Dvorak: Violin Concerto
January 21, 2024 - Full Orchestra Performance - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
Handel, Haydn and Beethoven
February 18 - SungEun Park, Piano - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
March 17 - Thomas Gougeon, Violin - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
Beethoven: Romanze in F and Wieniawski Polonaise in D Major
April 21 - Francesco Mastromatteo, Cello - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
May 19 - Artina McCain, Piano - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Thomas Gougeon started the violin at the age of 3 with the Suzuki Program. Through this program, Thomas performed in many local Toronto festivals and trained for multiple Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Exams. After leaving the Suzuki program, Thomas studied with Eri Kosaka from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and played in a small ensemble called the Moordale Orchestra. Thomas then moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 14 where he attended the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. During this time, Thomas studied with Rodica Gonzalez and later with Dr. Kirsten Yon. Thomas made his Region Orchestra all four years of high school and attended TMEA All State his senior year. Recently, Thomas was concertmaster of the Roundtop Symphony Orchestra in the summer 2023 season and has performed alongside world renowned artists including Daniel Ching, Bion Tsang and Sandy Yamamoto, Thomas has also performed masterclasses for many notable artists such as Kim Chee Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Li-Mei Liang, Rachel Ostler and Zach DePue. Thomas now attends the University of Texas at Austin with a Butler Excellence Scholarship and a Taylor Endowed Presidential Scholarship under the direction of Sandy Yamamoto.