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

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Airs Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Erich Bergen from Madam Secretary and Jersey Boys The Hollywood Songbook with Erich Bergen from Madam Secretary and Jersey Boys about his appearance with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra this Saturday night, February 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Riverview Theater. For ticket information visit online the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-227-8863

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Airs Friday, February 23, 2018, at 12 noon. This week join us for the South Arkansas Symphony as they present Beethoven's symphony no. 9, with regional soloists and Kermit Poling Conducting.

Airs Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12 noon. Kermit Poling spoke with Thomas Hundemer, principle French Horn for the Shreveport Symphony along with Rick Rowell, principal Trumpet about the Shreveport Symphony’s upcoming Noel Foundation Chamber Concert called Brass Spectacular: Fanfares and Flourishes which takes place this Sunday, February 25, at 3 p.m. and the LSUS Auditorium at the University Center. A Brass and Percussion Ensemble program featuring works by Michael Daugherty, Giovanni Gabrieli, Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Joan Tower, and Benjamin Britten.

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Airs Friday, February 16, 2018, at 12 noon. This week on our Regional Symphony Broadcast pianist Steven Dong, winner of the 2017 Juanita Miller competition of the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras, will join the Marshal Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini along with the magnificent Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

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Airs Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12 noon. Join us for a Shreveport Chamber Concert featuring cellist John-Henry Crawford & pianist Tzu-Yin Huang in the Music of Claude Boling and Franz Schubert. They will be joined by bassist Christopher Allen and percussionist Chandler Teague for the Suite for cello and jazz piano trio by Claude Boling. Then violinist Jennifer Carsillo, violist Borys Smolaga, and bassist Christopher Allen will join them for the Piano Quintet in A Major by Franz Schubert, his "Trout" Quintet. 

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