Greetings, friends! It is season seven for the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, and we couldn’t be prouder to call this fabulous community home. New Albany is fortunate to be surrounded by a vibrant arts scene that values collaboration and partnership.

We are also proud that New Albany values the arts in education. In schools across the country STEM is all the rage – science, technology, engineering, and math have risen to the forefront of every curriculum. As important as this acronym is for our future, one letter seems to be mistakenly left off over and over – the A for ARTS. As we plan our programming each year, we strive for creativity and collaboration. We try our best to be inclusive and innovative. The arts connect us all as human beings – the values of collaboration, empathy, creativity, and innovation all “stem” from the arts. If you have these tools, your life becomes full of passion for whatever it is that you are doing – and what could be more important than that? New Albany is making a commitment to the arts, and all of us here at the New Albany Symphony are excited for what the future holds. 

We open this season with hometown sweetheart – violinist Ariel Horowitz. Believe it or not, we met Ariel in 2009 when she won the opportunity to perform with the orchestra during our Student Concerto Competition. Since then, her career has flourished, and we are thrilled to welcome her back to the McCoy stage this October. Ariel’s appearance will include an in-school performance to over 350 students! We will also welcome 19-year-old composer Jake Landau and our friends from Capital University Chapel Choir as we celebrate the great contribution of Jewish composers and musicians. 

In December, we have invited a few familiar friends and a few new faces to the stage. Featured this year will be New Albany’s new children’s choir, “Center Stage Singers,” in a sing-along that will put you in the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to participate in the Holiday Gift Basket Fundraiser in our lobby! 

In February, we pay homage to our veterans in an All-American concert combining music and dance, and in April we will treat you to a special evening of “pairings.” Music, Art and Wine will be paired perfectly as you enjoy this Gala evening with friends and the fabulous musicians of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Luis and I invite you to think about what it is that sparks your creative side and to take the time to enjoy all that our vibrant community arts scene has to offer. Thank you for placing value on the arts and for joining us in leading the way to turn STEM into STEAM!

All the best,
Heather Garner                                        Luis Biava
Founder and Executive Director              Music Director

Music Director, New Albany Symphony Orchestra

Luis Gabriel Biava is currently Music Director of the New Albany Symphony, an orchestra that performs a wide variety of concerts for the community, presenting the major repertoire, commissions, and a young artist’s competition. Mr. Biava has worked with Jon Kimura Parker, David Finckel, Chee Yun, Soovin Kim, and Karen Gomyo, and he conducted Hilary Hahn and David Finckel to celebrate the orchestra’s fifth anniversary. 

This year, Mr. Biava conducted and played with the Bogota Philharmonic for two weeks in subscription concerts. In 2012, he conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo for violin. He also guest conducted the Clermont Symphony in a concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Biava was cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra for their final concert in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2011, he was re-engaged by the Guatemala National Symphony, and he performed the Beethoven Triple and conducted Strauss’ Don Juan. 

Mr. Biava’s educational endeavors include the School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs—a program for young musicians that mirrors the repertoire of the Philadelphia Orchestra during the three weeks of their residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was also invited to conduct the Advanced String Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

He recently conducted at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music conducting workshop with Mark Gibson and Gustav Meier. In 2010, he conducted performances of Puccini’s La boheme in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also has conducted The Marriage of Figaro and repeated performances of La boheme with Opera Libera; an opera company founded in honor of the late John Douglas, famed opera director at Temple University. In the summer of 2008, he conducted performances of Salieri’s Prima la musica, poi le parole, and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Mr. Biava is principal cello of Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Dublin (CMSD), and Camarata. He is also music director of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. He is active as a soloist in the standard repertory and new works, and he is also very involved as a chamber musician, having played the complete cycles of the string quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. Mr. Biava is currently performing the complete piano trios of Beethoven and Mozart, with contemporary works by Carter, Higdon, Augusta Read Thomas, Bernstein, and Pärt. 

Mr. Biava’s family represents four generations of musicians. His first cello studies were with his uncle, Miguel Uribe, in his native Colombia, where he performs regularly with the Biava-Uribe Trio. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor’s degree in performance, and he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Leonard Rose. He also studied with Oliver Edel, Samuel Mayes, Gabor Rejto, and Elsa Hilger. Additionally, Mr. Biava has studied conducting with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School, Hancock, Maine; and with his father, who is conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducting professor at Temple University. He attended the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin, and also served as principal cellist. 

This October, Luis Biava will conduct performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony of Guatemala, and in November he will perform the Haydn Cello Concerto as well as Don Quixote with the Columbus Symphony.

Founder and Executive Director, New Albany Symphony Orchestra

Heather Garner received full performance scholarships from Ohio University and The Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Viola Performance, studying under Howard Beebe and Edward Adelson.  While studying at The Ohio State University, Heather was also the Administrator for the Ohio State Pre-College Strings Program. 

Winner of the Ohio Arts Council Solo Competition, the Katherine B. Geis Performance Award and a scholarship student of Robert Vernon at the Encore School for Strings, Heather has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and strolling strings advocate throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Vienna Youth Festival in Austria.  Ms. Garner has performed with many celebrity performers including Harry Connick Jr., James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Randy Travis, Mannheim Steamroller, Doc Severensen, Charlotte Church, Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Joshua Bell, Sara Chang and Itzak Perlman to name a few. 

This is Ms. Garner’s 18th season with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as an associate violist as well as her 18th season as Assistant Principal Violist for the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.  She is also a frequent guest in the local schools as a chamber music clinician, sectional coach and presenter. Heather founded the New Albany Symphony Orchestra in 2007.  She serves as the Executive Director and also performs viola in the orchestra.  Ms. Garner resides in New Albany, Ohio, with her husband John and two boys, Jack and Evan. 

Heather Garner, 

Ann Sproule, 
Executive Vice President

Ron Cadieux, 
Vice President

John Garner,

Jennifer Spalding,

Merle Bowling

Christophe Le Barbier

Sandy Mendoza

Luis Biava,
Music Director

Heather Garner,
Executive Director

Linda Brill, 
Marketing Director

Joel Kohler, 
Graphic Design

Brandon Mendoza,
Community Relations Coordinator

Robert Pfeifer, 
Personnel Manager

Ann Sproule, 
Operations Director

Tracy Tucker,
Artistic Coordinator

Scott Wedell, Librarian

Jack Bogart
Sharon Bogart
Jack Garner
Joseph Garner
Lindsey Garner
Margaret Garner
Mitch Garner
Sharon Garner
Judy Robinson
Nikki Slack


Heather Garner                               Luis Biava
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