New Albany is home to a vibrant arts culture rich with music, theatre and dance. The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts The McCoy Center’s spacious facility annually features performances from the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New Albany Arts Council and the New Albany Ballet Company. The auditorium also hosts the yearly New Albany Community Foundation’s Jefferson Series lectures. National musical acts in a variety of genres are also held at the McCoy Center.
New Albany Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 2007, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra has a rich tradition of bringing the vibrant sounds of skilled musicians performing in tandem to New Albany residents. Comprised of both adult and student musicians, the organization provides younger generations an opportunity to learn alongside more experienced peers.
New Albany Arts Council
The New Albany Arts Council is the umbrella organization for five groups that support local theater and music in the city. Broadway Beginners offers a theater introduction for children, while the middle school students in the Junior Musical program are known as the Rose Run Players. Adult musicians and high school band students take part in the New Albany Winds. Vocal groups include the Center Stage Singers and the New Albany Chorus.
The New Albany Ballet Company has offered dance education since 1999, training students in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance. Graduating students have gone on to attend prestigious dance schools across the country.
Broadway Bound Dance Centre, with a team of highly qualified instructors, offers ballet, combo classes, hip hop, lyrical, tap, tumbling, and jazz for kids. Even toddlers can join in the fun with a special pre-dance class.
The Ealy House Museum
Restored by the New Albany Plain Township Historical Society, the Ealy House Museum, built in the mid-19th century, is named for its original owners, a German family that moved to the U.S. in the 18th century. Visitors can now step back in time to examine period pieces including doctors’ office items, toys, farm tools and a foot-pumped organ. Tours are available by appointment.
The Jefferson Series
Established by the New Albany Community Foundation and named after Thomas Jefferson, The Jefferson Series has been held annually since 2013. Forums are held throughout the year at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts with nationally known speakers. Each year boasts a unique blend of topics. The remaining speakers for the 2015-16 schedule include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors John Meacham and David McCullough.
Hayley Deeter opened her gallery in 2007 after retiring from a long marketing career to focus on her love of art. Hayley Gallery now features over 60 Ohio artisans and is also a resource for businesses looking to enhance their interiors with unique art. Patrons of the gallery can enjoy refreshments at the adjoining Ella Bistro, which Deeter opened and co-owns.