Heather Garner, President
Ron Cadieux, Vice President
Ann Sproule, Executive Vice President
Merle Bowling, Treasurer
John Garner
Jennifer Spalding, Secretary
Sandy Mendoza
Jeffrey Ramm


Dear Friends,
​A new season is upon us and we can’t wait to invite you back to the concert hall. We will present four main subscription series concerts at the McCoy Center for the Arts, and our Saturday at the Symphony sensory-friendly series is back with a gusto. Please take a moment to browse through the new season brochure and the concert page of the website for details. In addition to the announcement of our upcoming season, we have a little surprise for our fans – our very own symphony chorus is forming! If you love to sing, we invite you to be part of the fun. Visit the MUSICIAN page of our website for more information regarding auditions and how to get involved. The New Albany Symphony Chorus will make its community debut during Mahler 2 on October 6th, 2019, with the New Albany Symphony.

NASO loves our donors! Our donor family plays an essential role in making our performances and educational outreach possible. Donor benefits include complimentary tickets, invitations to donor events including the annual Wine Soiree and Symphony Gala, and access to our donor table to enjoy complimentary refreshments at intermission. Please see the DONOR page of our website for the benefits at each donation level.  

To renew your support, donate online at newalbanysymphony.com, or call 614-323-1237. To renew your subscriptions please call the CAPA Box Office at 614-469-0939.

Thank you for supporting live music in New Albany - I look forward to seeing you at the symphony!

Heather Garner
Executive Director & Founder

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra (NASO) is a community orchestra comprised of over 120 community, student, and professional musicians from all over the Columbus metro area who come together four times a year to present concerts from the professional classical repertoire in the beautiful Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in the heart of New Albany. NASO was designed by its founders to be a true community orchestra, in which students are mentored by professional musicians, talented community musicians have a stage on which to perform, and professional musicians have an additional outlet for their craft. 
Founded in 2007 by New Albany resident and violist Heather Garner and founding conductor Luis Biava, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra is proud to serve the community for more than a decade.

A strong component of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra’s mission is music education, and our commitment to even the youngest student musician in the orchestra is that he or she will perform on at least one piece per concert. The orchestra offers free master classes, a sensory-friendly series for our friends in the autism and dementia/Alzheimer’s communities, and a student concerto competition, in which talented young people from all over the state compete to win the opportunity to perform a concerto on stage in front of a live audience. Additionally, the orchestra collaborates with many area arts organizations and schools to keep ticket prices low – even offering free tickets to our underserved partners – to ensure that the art of classical music remains accessible to the people of New Albany and our surrounding areas.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra has a modest annual budget, funded by government grants, corporate sponsorships, private donations, and ticket sales. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts!

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. 

Luis Biava, Music Director
Heather Garner, ​Executive Director
Lane Champa, Marketing Director
Debbie Feiler, Ad Sales
Joel Kohler, Graphic Designer
Robert Pfeifer, Personnel Manager
Elise Skaggs, Librarian
Ann Sproule, Operations Director
Merideth Sellars, Assistant
The New Albany Symphony enriches, educates,
entertains, and inspires people of all ages and 
backgrounds through the arts.


The New Albany Symphony enriches, educates,
entertains, and inspires people of all ages and 
backgrounds through the arts.