Founded in 1923, the Fort Smith Symphony is one of the most outstanding orchestras in the State of Arkansas and enjoys wide regional support and consistently sold out concerts. The orchestra includes over 100 professional musicians traveling from Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, and New York, as well as Arkansas for rehearsals and concerts.
The orchestra is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors and has a full-time staff of four. Under Music Director and Conductor John Jeter, the Symphony organization has grown in quality and outreach opportunities. The 2018-2019 season is John Jeter’s twenty-second season as Music Director and Conductor.
The orchestra consistently receives regional, national, and international recognition for artistic achievements and its award-winning educational programs. As an example, the orchestra’s three CD/downloads on the internationally-acclaimed Naxos label, comprise the first ever complete cycle of recorded symphonies of William Grant Still.
The Symphony is currently recording the first-ever, complete symphonies of native Arkansan Florence Price for Naxos.