Kermit Poling

General Manager

The 2019 silver medal winner of the International Global Music Award, Kermit Poling is Music Director of both the South Arkansas Symphony, the Marshall Symphony Orchestra,  the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, the Associate Conductor of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra as well as General Manager of the Red River Radio Network.

Also a composer, Poling's ballets have been performed throughout the country.   In 2017, Poling made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra for an album of his music.  In 2019, Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet Des Moines premiere his most recent works.  He has created orchestral arrangements for a wide range of artists, including Grammy winning guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues singer Irma Thomas.   He has also scored several films, including the original silent feature Tarzan.

Poling received the Outstanding Artist in Music Fellowship in 2000 from the State of Louisiana and twice received a Music Fellowship from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.  His awards include scholarships to the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa.  In 2005, Maestro Poling served as one of three international judges for China’s National Young Artists Competition with the China National Symphony in Beijing.  He has received numerous commissions to create new scores for theatrical works, including The Glass Menagerie, Memoirs, Elektra and others. In 1998 he was chosen by Emmy award winning artist William Joyce to compose the music for his stage adaptation of The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs.

Maestro Poling has been a featured conductor on NPR's Performance Today, the Arkansas Educational Television Network, the Red River Radio Network, WGBH Boston and has appeared as violinist on Louisiana Public Television and PBS in addition to numerous television and radio stations throughout the country.  Centaur Records released a CD of his newest Christmas arrangements performed by the West Edge String Quartet.  Away from the podium, Poling also serves as organist and choral director at St. George's Episcopal Church in Bossier City.

Ways to Connect

Voice Of The Heartland 2.0
Marshall Symphony Orchestra / Marshall Symphony Orchestra

Airs Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Tiffany Ammerman, president of the Marshall Symphony Society about the Voices of the Heartland 2.0 Concert, with open auditions taking place this weekend, April 10, and final selections taking place next weekend, April 17. Complete details can be found online at the Marshall Symphony.

Download Audition information here.

Shreveport Symphony
Shreveport Symphony / Shreveport Symphony

Airs Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Conductor Michael Butterman and Violinist Alexander Kerr about this weekend concert by the Shreveport Symphony featuring Mr. Kerr in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 along with Frederick Delius' On Hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring and Respighi's Botticelli Triptych. 

The Crossroad Duo - Robert Cruz (L) & Michelle Gunn (R)
Red River Radio / Red River Radio

Airs Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with pianist Robert Cruz and violinist Michelle Gunn, the Crossroads Duo who will perform both live and live streamed this Monday, March 15, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall on the campus of Northwestern State University. The live audience is limited to 72 people and masks with social distancing are required. The program features works by Bloch, Bridge and Shostakovich.

Shreveport Symphony
Shreveport Symphony / Shreveport Symphony

Airs Friday, February 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Shreveport Symphony conductor Michael Butterman about the next concert in their Virtual Concert series, on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The concert features Appalachian Spring by Copland and the Chamber Symphony by Shostakovich along with Lyric for Strings by George Walker. For complete details go to Shreveport Symphony or call 318-227-8863.

Shreveport Little Theatre - "Talking With"
Shreveport Little Theatre / Shreveport Little Theatre

Airs Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Heather Bryson and Lisa Cruz about their new production of "Talking With," by Jane Martin, eleven extraordinary monologues include a baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex-rodeo rider, and an actress willing to go to any length to get a job. This is a virtual performance and more information can be found at Shreveport Little Theatre or by calling (318) 424-4439.

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One Small Step
One Small Step / One Small Step

Live Stream was on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 6 p.m. Red River Radio's first ever streaming only event, featuring participants in the StoryCorps One Small Step collaboration. Dave Isay, creator of StoryCorps will also joined us. Questions are still welcomed about this project. Send Your Questions Here. Thanks again for those who joined us live and if you missed the program fear not, you can watch it here again and share with friends and family. 

The Carrefour Chamber Music Project
The Carrefour Chamber Music Project / The Carrefour Chamber Music Project

Aired Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 11 a.m.
Kermit Poling spoke with Robert Cruz, a co-founder of The Carrefour Chamber Music Project along with Adam Philly from the Prisma Vocal Ensemble, about an online Holiday Concert coming up on Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. This is a live stream concert is available on YouTube and Facebook and is designed to bring some wonderful holiday music to you safely. 

  The concert is a presentation of music for this season of light and hope featuring a live performance by members of the Prisma Vocal Ensemble interspersed with pre-recorded performances by area musicians representing the faith communities that make Shreveport home. Celebrate community this season! Broadcast on the Carrefour Chamber Music Project Facebook page and YouTube channel. Presented free of charge. A suggested donation of $5 may be made at

Carrefour Chamber Music Project
Carrefour Chamber Music Project / Carrefour Chamber Music Project

Airs Friday, November 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Robert Cruz about a new project by the Carrefour Chamber Music Project featuring 13 musicians, 8 composers, over two nights in a Festival of New(er) Music. All online! These online concerts stream Monday and Tuesday, November 16 & 17, at 7 p.m. This is our biggest undertaking yet and you don’t want to miss it. Over this weekend there will be sneak peaks of the rehearsal process and tidbits about the pieces and performers coming your way LIVE next week. Visit to join in and subscribe.

Shreveport Opera Express
Shreveport Opera / Shreveport Opera

Airs Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 10 a.m. Join Steve Aiken and Shreveport Opera Express for a concert of Operatic Gems performed live in the Red River Radio Studios. Kermit Poling will host.