Up Close & Personal – John Jeter

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About the Fort Smith Symphony

The Fort Smith Symphony presents great concerts as well as educational and community programs for everyone. Most concerts are sold out and the support for the symphony is terrific. For people who have not attended, this is the season to come and hear us. Our greatest season ever — it’s also my twentieth year with the Fort Smith Symphony!

 

John Jeter – Music Director and Conductor,
Fort Smith Symphony

Fort Smith Symphony
479.452.7575
fortsmithsymphony.org

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY:
“Never take yourself too seriously.” 

 

3 PRODUCTS JOHN CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

French press coffee maker, Mac desktop computer, Converse high top sneakers

 

I’M INSPIRED BY 

people who persevere despite tremendous odds against them.

 

THE BEST THING ABOUT MY JOB IS 

working for an overwhelmingly positive and successful organization.

 

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT FORT SMITH IS 

the generosity of the community. 

 

MY FAVORITE STATE PARK IS 

Moran State Park, Orcas Island, WA.

 

MY FIRST JOB WAS 

working at a health food store next to the beach in Southern California.

 

IF I COULD BRING BACK ONE FASHION TREND, IT WOULD BE 

WW2 leather flight jackets.

 

IF CALORIES DIDN’T COUNT

I’d eat pasta every day.

 

THE FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT FOR MYSELF WAS 

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.

 

IF I COULD THANK MY PARENTS FOR JUST ONE THING

it would be assuming I would always make the right choices.

 

MY BEST SUMMER VACATION WAS 

conducting in Europe.

 

MY SUPERPOWER IS 

my quick wit (according to the Mrs.).

 

THE WORST TROUBLE I WAS EVER IN AS A KID WAS WHEN I

was caught rummaging around for my duffle bag on a tour bus in England. The driver thought I was a thief; as it turned out, I had gotten back on the wrong bus!

 

I NEVER MET A 

composer I didn’t like.

 

I THINK RAP IS

overrated.

 

WHEN I WAS A KID, I WANTED TO GROW UP TO BE A

test pilot (like Chuck Yeager).

 

MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT I 

soloed in an airplane at age 16 and have skydived about a dozen times.

 

MY WORST HABIT IS

putting kitchen utensils back in the wrong place.

 

MY BEST HABIT IS 

making time for my daughter’s activities.

 

IF I COULD CHOOSE AN ACTOR TO PLAY MY LIFE, IT WOULD BE 

Spencer Tracy.

 

MY LAST ROAD TRIP WAS TO 

Indiana.

THE LAST TIME I DID SOMETHING THAT SCARED ME WAS WHEN 

my parachute temporarily malfunctioned.

 

MY FIRST CAR WAS A

Karman Ghia (VW).

 

THE BEST WAY TO STAY COOL DURING AN ARKANSAS SUMMER IS TO

never go outside!

 

THE MOST UNUSUAL THING IN MY FRIDGE IS

Ningxia Red Whole Body Nutrient Drink.

 

IF I COULD TAKE A YEAR OFF FROM MY JOB,

I’d read loads of history books.

 

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