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

These concerts mark Luis Biava's sixth season as Music Director of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Biava also serves as assistant conductor of Opera-Columbus and cover conductor for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. His recent engagements include the National Orchestra of Guatemala and the Orchestra-Society of Philadelphia. He has been reengaged in Guatemala for two subscription weeks to perform and conduct Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Mahler’s 5th Symphony.  He also will be conducting two weeks with the Bogota Philharmonic in August of 2011.

He has conducted Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia on tour and a joint concert of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bogota and the Barranquilla Symphony for the President and First Lady of Colombia.  Mr. Biava has also been guest conductor with the Columbus, Newark-Granville, Westerville, and Akron Youth Symphonies, the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Philharmonic, and the Festival Youth Symphony of the Americas in San Juan Puerto Rico where he conducted performances of Mozart's Impresario and Salieri's Prima la musica e poi le parole. Other operas include Puccini's Suor Angelica, as Music Director of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra (MCO) and five performances of La boheme with the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. As director of his ensemble Camarata, he has performed and conducted at the Incontri Pomeridiani series in Spoleto Italy, at Kenyon College and at Sunday at Central. 

Mr. Biava studied conducting at the Interlochen Center for the Arts under Howard Halgedah, and with his father, Maestro Luis Biava, who has served as conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director of the Colombia National Symphony, and is Professor of Conducting at Temple University. Has attended master classes and courses at the University of Michigan, Tanglewood, and Mexico with Gustav Meier, the Igualada Scola Municipal in Spain with Antonin Ros Marba, the Schleswig-Hosltein Festival with Jorma Panula, the Pierre Monteux School with Michael Jinbo, the College- Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with Mark Gibson and Gustav Meier, and attended the Aspen Music Festival as a Fellowship recipient for three years in the Aspen Academy of Conducting with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin.  He has been on the podium and shared the concert stage with noted artists Sara Chang and Doc Severensen.

Mr. Biava holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School as well as a Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Leonard Rose, Elsa Hilger, Samuel Mayes, Gabor Rejto, and Oliver Edel and his uncle Miguel Uribe as well as chamber music classes with Howard Beebe, Eugene Bossart, Paul Doktor, and Robert Mann.  A native of Bogota, Colombia, Luis Biava represents 4 generations of musicians. He is the Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony maintains an active teaching studio and is adjunct instructor of cello and director of the string ensemble at Kenyon College.  His recordings include works of Antonio-Maria Valencia with the Biava-Uribe Trio, Faure's Elegy with the Columbus Symphony as well as orchestral recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra recording of Barber's Antony and Cleopatra which was nominated for a Grammy. 

Mr. Biava resides in Clintonville with his wife, violinist Ariane Sletner. 

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 Bachelors and Masters 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

Paul Naumoff,
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

Art Silva, 
Stage 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

December 21, 2014 
Holiday Spectacular:
Adults $14-20

February 22, 2015
April 11, 2015 concerts:
Adults: $12-18

​CAPA and Ticketmaster fees apply