Kermit Poling

General Manager

Named by Forum Magazine as one of the top ten faces to watch, Centaur recording artist Kermit Poling is Music Director of both the South Arkansas Symphony and the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet as well as General Manager of the Red River Radio Network.

He has been the Associate/Resident Conductor and Concertmaster of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for over 26 years.  He performs extensively throughout the United States and around the world both as a violinist and conductor. 

Also a composer, Poling's first ballet, Snow White, was commissioned and premiered by the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet in the spring of 2003 and was repeated in 2004 and 2009 to rave reviews. Other compositions include the ballet The Wizard of Oz, a string quartet Within the Orb of Glories Wearing, and the score to the film Silent Treatment.  His most recent ballets include Phantom of the Opera, premiered by Ballet Oklahoma in 2010, and Aladdin, premiered by the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet in 2011.   His newest work, No Sound of Trumpet nor Roll of Drum, was premiered in 2011, honoring the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  He has created orchestral arrangements for a wide range of artists, including Grammy winning guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues singer Irma Thomas.   He is also currently working on a new score to 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.   Last season, 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 the general manager of Red River Radio, the public radio network of Northwest and Central Louisiana, South Arkansas and East Texas. 

Ways to Connect

Airs Friday, November 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Michael Butterman about this weekend’s Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Tribute to the Music of John Williams which takes place in RiverView Theater this Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. For complete details visit online the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318- 227-8863.

Airs Friday, October 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with conductor Michael Butterman and clarinetist Ricardo Morales about this weekend's Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3; Mozart's Clarinet Concerto; and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5, “Reformation.” For complete details visit online the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-227-8863.

Airs Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 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 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Music Director Michael Butterman and guest pianist Aristo Sham about the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's opening night concert for the 2017-18 season. The concert takes place Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 7:30 pm in Riverview Theatre and features Schumann's Piano Concert in A minor, Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with Aristo Sham and the Centenary College Choir.

Airs Friday, August 18, 2017, at 11 am. Kermit Poling spoke with Pastor Brady Blade Sr., and Brian Blade about Zion Baptist Church's 80th Anniversary Celebration, this Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church. Musical guest featured are The Zion Choir with Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade, Brady Blade Jr., Royce Mosley, and Johnny Shepherd. Information available at 318-636-1427.

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