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 Friday, July 6, 2018, at 12 noon. This week on the Regional Symphony Broadcast the Shreveport Symphony presents a Salute to John Williams. Michael Butterman leads the orchestra. Revel in fantastic music by America’s greatest living composer for film―the incomparable John Williams. With Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Harry Potter and more, this broadcast promises to be a delight for all ages!

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Airs Friday, june 29, 2018, at 12 noon. This week on the Regional Symphony Broadcast we present the opening concert from the 42nd season of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival. The concert features Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Elegie from Serenade for String Orchestra, Shaker loops by John Adams, the Violin Concerto #2 by Philip Glass with violinist Holly Mulcahy, and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite with original instrumentation. Leonard Kacenjar and Kermit Poling conduct.

Airs Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12 noon. The week on our Regional Broadcasts the Marshall Symphony presents works by Handel, Haydn, Albinoni, Bach in a Baroque Spectacular.

Aired Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 3 p.m. Red River Radio presents the winners for the 2018 Annual Young Artists Competition, open to instrumentalists and vocalists ages 18 and under in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. We will featured these young artists live in the Red River Radio studios on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 3 p.m. Please tune in and support these young artists.

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Airs Friday, June 1, 2018, at 12 noon. From the May 12, 2018, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents violinist Natasha Korsakova in a concert featuring Copland's Two Movements from Rodeo; the Violin Concerto by Philip Glass; and the Symphony No. 1 by Poling.

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Airs Friday, May 25, 2018, at 12 noon. Join Kermit Poling and the South Arkansas Symphony the "Symphony on the Square" featuring patriotic selections, film music from the Pink Panther, E.T., and more, plus a salute to our Armed Forces.

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Airs Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 6 p.m. Tune in for the next Better Picture with Ross Foote. His guest will be Michael Donnella. Call in with your questions at 800-552-8502. 

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Airs Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 noon. This week on our Regional Symphony Broadcast, The Marshall Symphony will be featured, conducted by Kermit Poling in a program that opens with the Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana. The program also features Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, with pianist Steven Dong, winner of the 2017 Juanita Miller competition of the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras. This concert concludes with the Suite from the magnificent Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

Kirill Bashkirov / Philippe Quint

Airs Friday, Mary 4, 2018, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Maestro Michael Butterman and violinist Philippe Quint about the Shreveport Symphony's Season Finale featuring Philippe Quint as soloist in the Violin Concerto by Korngold. The concert opens with the Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr. and the Symphony No. 4 by Johannes Brahms. For more information visit the Shreveport Symphony online or call 318-227-8863.

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Airs Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12 noon. The week on our Regional Broadcasts the members of the Shreveport Symphony is joined by cellist John-Henry Crawford in the cello concerto by Gulda and then maestro Michael Butterman leads the orchestra in Schubert's Symphony No. 9, “Great C Major.” 

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