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

Airs Monday, January 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Bob Savage and Jim Smilie from the CityPark Players in Alexandria about their new production of the British Comedy Jeeves In Bloom which opens Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. on the Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, with additional performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday and 2 p.m. and also shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 7, 8, and 9, and 2 p.m., and on Sunday, February 10.

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Airs Friday, November 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Steve Aiken, Artistic Director of the Shreveport Opera about their performance of West Side Story, which takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Strand Theater. For information visit online the Shreveport Opera or call (318) 227-9503.

Airs Friday, October 26, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Conductor Michael Buttermen about the next Shreveport Symphony featuring an Evening with Broadway Star Ashley Brown. The concert will take place this Saturday, October 27, 2018, in the First Baptist Shreveport.

Shreveport Opera Express Live

Oct 11, 2018
Shreveport Opera Express
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Airs Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. Steve Aiken joins Kermit Poling as the Shreveport Opera Express presents a wonderful concert in our Marion and Donald Weiss performance studios. Tune in a help support the arts on Red River Radio at 800-552-8502 or online here. DONATE NOW!

Airs Friday, September 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with conductor Michael Butterman about the 2018-19 season opener by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra with violinist Karen Gomyo. The concert features Tan Dun's Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds; the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Complete details can be found on line at Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or by calling 318-227-8863.

Also, on Sunday, September 23, at 3 p.m. is the first Chamber concert of the season with Clara Schumann's Works for Solo Piano, Robert Schumann's Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet & Piano, and the Clarinet Trio by Brahms. This chamber concert is free and will take place in Anderson Auditorium on the Centenary College Campus.

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Airs Friday, August 24, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we'll hear a concert from the 2016 season by the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra with music by Kermit Poling, his Orchestra Suite No. 3 "Visions of the Virgin." The concert opnes with Three Pieces in the Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and will also feature guitarist Lily Afshar in the Fantasía para un gentilhombre by Rodrigo. Kermit Poling conducts.

Airs Friday, August 17, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we'll hear a concert from the 2017 Shreveport Summer Music Festival featuring Wenzel Pichl's Sinfonia in B-Flat, Voyage (1983) by John Corigliano, the Fantasia On a Theme of Thomas Tallis for Double-Stringed Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Franz Schubert's Symphony No.5 in B Flat Major. Sally Horak is the Solo Flutist. Leonard Kacenjar and Kermit Poling conduct. 

Airs Friday, August 10, 2018, at 12 noon. The Marshall Symphony is featured this week with guest cellist Tina Guo for a concert that opens with Mikhail Glinka's overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila. Next cellist Tina Guo takes the stage for the Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Saint-Saens and the concert concludes with Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From The New World." Kermit Poling conducts.

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Airs Friday, July 20, 2018, at 12 noon. The Emerson String Quartet recorded live at the First United Methodist Church in Shreveport featuring Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello. They perform Haydn's String Quartet in D major, Op. 50, No. 6 "The Frog." Samuel Barber's Siring Quartet in B minor, Op. 11. Robert Schumann's String Quartet No.3 in A Major, Op. 41

Airs Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. Kermit Polings spoke with Chris White and Brady Hodgson from Shreveport Little Theatre about their upcoming production of Memphis, the musical which opens Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. with mutiple performances through July. For tickets contact the Little Theatre on line at Shreveport Little Theatre or call (318) 424-4439.

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