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


Heather Garner                               Luis Biava

Dear Friends,

After celebrating a decade of music making on the McCoy stage, you might ask “What is next for the New Albany Symphony?” I can assure you, our young organization is just getting started and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the McCoy. This season we have something for everyone, whether you enjoy choral works, ballet, pops programs or up-and-coming talent. Have you noticed that Columbus has become quite an arts mecca lately? We don’t have to search very far to find world-class talent, and we are proud of our multiple local partnerships this season!

In October, two community favorites combine for a tour-de-force celebration. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary for the New Albany Symphony and the 100th anniversary for the Capital University School of Music, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, his “Ode to Joy.” Join us in December for our “Holiday Spectacular,” and in March the long-awaited collaboration of the New Albany Ballet Children’s Theatre and the New Albany Symphony comes to fruition as we present Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. Our season finale in April takes you on a journey through the northern Italian countryside with the soaring harmonies of Respighi’s Church Windows and the lush landscape of his Pines of Rome. Also, not to miss on this performance – the winners of our student concerto competition!

Season subscriptions go on sale Monday, May 7. By subscribing to our season, you save $9 over the cost of purchasing tickets individually, you save on ticket fees and you get the best choice of seats! Returning subscribers’ seats will be on hold until Friday, June 29 at 5 p.m. To subscribe, please call CAPA today at (614) 469-0939. Single tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, August 1.  

Because of the anticipated demand for tickets to Sleeping Beauty, we will present three full-length performances on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. Subscribers can choose which of the three performances they want as part of their series. Returning subscribers’ seats will be held for all three performances through Friday, June 29.  

Please consider joining New Albany Symphony’s donor family. Our donors play an essential role in making our performances and educational outreach possible. We’d love for you to be a part of it! Please see the brochure for the benefits at each donation level.  

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 celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season this year!

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.

We have many volunteer opportunities and welcome new faces! This year we are planning our first ever “Wine Soiree” on September 30th, the annual Gift Basket Fundraiser December 16th and 17th and the Kentucky Derby Gala May 5th, 2018. We are also excited to present the Independence Day 5K race on July 4th that benefits NASO and local non-profit arts organizations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact hgarner@newalbanysymphony.com.

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
Linda Brill, Program Book Manager
Joel Kohler, Graphic Designer
Robert Pfeifer, Personnel Manager
Elise Skaggs, Librarian
Ann Sproule, Operations Director
Merideth Sellars, Assistant

Capital University Choir
October 7, 2018
3 PM

December 16, 2018 
3 PM

March 8, 2019, 7PM
March 9, 2019, 7PM
March 10, 2019, 3PM

Featuring Concerto Compeition Winners
April 28, 2019, 3 PM

*All concerts take place at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts 


(614) 469-0939.

*additional fees apply
*All concerts take place at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany.  Programs and artists are subject to change.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds based on these changes.