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
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
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
MY LAST ROAD TRIP WAS TO
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.