About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to entertain, inspire, and educate patrons of all ages through musical performances of high artistic merit.

Our vision

The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will be a musical leader widely recognized for the quality of its music performances and programs, its significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of the community, the impact of its role in education, and its development of a broad and diverse audience.


Founded in 1956 as one of the first orchestras in Arkansas, the South Arkansas Symphony is a 70 member professional orchestra serving the South Arkansas region.  Today, the orchestra is oldest, longest standing in the state. With a budget of $500,000, the orchestra presents a mains series of seven to twelve events and performs throughout the South Arkansas region. In addition, all performances are broadcast on Red River Radio to four states and occasionally on the PBS station AETN throughout Arkansas.

Currently, Kermit Poling is fulfilling his 20th year as conductor and is currently serving as Executive Director. The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in South Arkansas. 


The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s rich 58-year tradition is built upon a firm foundation of artistic excellence.  Learn more about the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’ s musical director and orchestra members here.

Staff & Board

Meet the people who contribute behind the scenes of the South Arkansas Symphony here.


For those would like to know more about symphony performances we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions here.

Contact Us

If you have other questions or comments, or you would like more information regarding the South Arkansas Symphony then start here.