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John Jeter has been the music director and conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony since 1997. He is the recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Award for “Individual Artist of the State of Arkansas” as well as the 2002 Helen M. Thompson Award presented by the American Symphony Orchestra League. The Thompson Award is given to one outstanding music director in the United States every two years. He is the recipient of the Mayor’s Achievement Award for his services to the City of Fort Smith.

Jeter has guest conducted numerous orchestras including the Springfield Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony and the Illinois Chamber Symphony, among many others.

He has co-hosted numerous radio programs and is involved in many radio and television projects concerning classical music. He received his formal education at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music and Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts.

Role: Conductor 
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