Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony
John Jeter is presently in his twenty-third season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony. With the tremendous help and support of wonderful musicians, professional staff,
Mr. Jeter’s interest in music education has led to the creation of numerous educational programs, ensembles
In addition to conducting the orchestra in rehearsals and concerts, Mr. Jeter selects the musicians who play in the orchestra, chooses all programming and guest artists. He is involved extensively in fundraising for the orchestra as well as the creation and management of the organization’s yearly operating budget. In addition, Mr. Jeter begins his tenth season as the Fort Smith Symphony’s Executive Director
Mr. Jeter has held conducting positions with the Indianapolis Symphony, North Arkansas Symphony, Greater Indianapolis Youth Symphony, Purdue University, University of Tulsa and University of Oklahoma. He has conducted numerous orchestras in the United States and Europe. Since the summer of 1996, his primary focus has been the Fort Smith Symphony and music education in Fort Smith. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a degree in Music Theory and Piano and graduated with distinction from Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting.
Mr. Jeter resides in Sebastian County with his wife Karen, daughter Nicole, and Sheltie K-9 sisters Sadie and Gracie. He has little time for hobbies, but if he were to list them, they would include graphic arts, reading and vintage aviation.