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

Janani Sridhar, soprano
Janani Sridhar / Janani Sridhar

Airs Friday, May 21, 2021, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with conductor Michael Butterman and soprano Janani Sridhar about this weekends performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 as you have never heard it before—in a moving and effective reduction for small ensemble. In person performance will be at First Baptist Shreveport with socially-distanced audience. The concert will also be streamed online. For details and more info call 318-227-8863 or visit them online at Shreveport Symphony.

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Airs Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Shirly Watterson, founder of the Music Preparatory Division at Stephen F. Austin State university in Nacogdoches, along with Alba Madrid and Mario Ajero, instructors in strings and piano respectively, about their upcoming 40th Anniversary Festival taking place this Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., in the Music Preparatory House in Nacogdoches.

Download PDF of Complete Program Here

Craig Schulman and Tamra Hayden
Craig Schulman and Tamra Hayden / Craig Schulman and Tamra Hayden

Airs Friday, April 23, 2021, at 11 a.m. Shreveport Symphony Executive Director Lois Robinson spoke with Kermit Poling about the Shreveport Symphony's next concert featuring vocalists Craig Schulman and Tamra Hayden for a concert program filled with memorable tunes and well-loved favorites.

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.