Your tax-deductible contributions allow the Festival to continue to bring live music to the Ark-La-Tex, free of charge.

The 2012 Classical Series will feature original works by Kermit Poling, the Festival String Quartet, and more.

The Jazz Series will feature a variety of jazz styles, from soloists to combos.

Our music outreach program is funded through grants from the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program, The Louisiana State Arts Council, The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Cultural Recreation and Tourism, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.



Come join us and enjoy this season’s final performance!
Jazz Ice Cream
Featuring Chris Allen (bass) and Winston Hall (keyboards).
• 2:30 pm Saturday 16 August
Magnolia Manor
1411 Claiborne, Shreveport
Free Admission

Louisiana Jazz Camp 2014

Louisiana Jazz Camp is an annual event that supports future generations of Jazz lovers and enthusiasts, and enriches and preserves Louisiana’s cultural heritage. Jazz Camp is a collaboration of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival, Project String Power Inc, and LSUS. Jazz Camp enhances local music education programs, and improves the musical knowledge, skills, and performances of all student participants.

Mon—Sat 16 – 21 and Mon—Sat 23 – 28 June

Tuition is $150 per week, and that includes a Camp t-shirt.

Apply by Tue 10 June.

Select here for Camp registration

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Free Jazz Camp Concerts

• 7:00 pm Fri 20 June – Jazz Cats Student Concert

• 7:00 pm Sat 21 June – Jazz Camp Faculty Concert

• 7:00 pm Fri 27 June – Jazz Cats Student Concert

• 7:00 pm Sat 28 June – Jazz Camp Faculty Concert

LSUS University Center Theater – One University Place, Shreveport • (318) 797-5393



Christopher Allen – Double Bass
Christopher Allen grew up in a musical family in St Louis MO, and studied other instruments before he discovered at age twelve his true love, the double bass. During high school, he was principal bassist with the celebrated St Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, Gerhardt Zimmermann, and Catherine Comet. In 1983 he won the St Louis Symphony Scholarship Competition, and received his BM degree from Webster University in 1984. He has held positions, many as principle bassist, around the country including: Memphis TN; Sioux City IA; Sioux Falls SD; Lyric Mountain PA; Huntsville AL; Tuscaloosa AL; Tupelo MS; St Louis MO; and the Charleston Symphony’s 1994 Midwest tour of Porgy and Bess. He has also been featured as a guest soloist in St Louis with the University City Symphony, the Gateway Festival Orchestra, and the Florissant Valley Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he has appeared as featured soloist with the Marshall Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Summer Music Festival.

Christopher moved to Shreveport LA in 1998 to join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has performed with the Marshall Symphony, the Longview Symphony, the Texarkana Symphony, the South Arkansas Symphony, the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Baroque Artists of Shreveport. He was also the conductor of the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony for ten years, and led a group of double bass students called the Bass Cats. He is a Centenary College adjunct music faculty member, and has apprenticed as a luthier at the Cadenza Violin Shop. In addition to orchestral music, Christopher has a strong love of jazz and can be heard around the region performing with a variety of different groups, and he is the founder the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Jazz Camp. He performs jazz and blues regularly at local venues: on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 2Johns Restaurant in Bossier City and on Sunday evenings at Chianti Italian Restaurant. On Sunday mornings Christopher plays bass in the First United Methodist Church Contemporary Service in Shreveport.


Paul J. Forsyth – Saxophone
Paul J. Forsyth PhD has performed recitals and taught master classes at concert halls, universities, and conferences around the world. He has been a featured as a soloist and chamber musician at John Donald Robb Composer Symposia, many North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, and International Saxophone Symposia. He has been instrumental in the commission of new works for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet, and saxophone/oboe duo. As a top-call saxophonist in northern Louisiana, he has performed with such performers as Regis Philbin, Lew Soloff, the Temptations, and Bobby Vinton. In 2012, Paul Forsyth was named the Collegiate Division Chairman of the Louisiana Association for Jazz Educators (LAJE). Paul Forsyth joined the faculty of Northwestern State University in the fall of 2007 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone. He has been on the faculties of Albion College, Spring Arbor University, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He received graduate degrees in saxophone performance from Michigan State University, and his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Tennessee. His primary professors include Joseph Lulloff, Diego Rivera, Ron Blake, Paul Haar, and Mark Tucker. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.


Andrew Powers – Guitar
Andrew Powers is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and music educator from Shreveport LA. Andrew has written music for a variety of ensembles, including Jazz and classical groups. Universities and community events throughout Louisiana have performed his compositions.

As a performer, Andrew has played throughout Louisiana and Mississippi as a soloist and accompanist, and as a member of various Jazz ensembles. Andrew earned a BA in Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University where he studied Jazz guitar with Hank Mackey, classical guitar with Patrick Kerber, as well as composition with Stephen Suber PhD. Andrew has also studied composition privately with Nick Hwang at Louisiana State University and Todd Gabriel at Centenary College.

Andrew spent five years teaching elementary, middle, and high school music and band in Baton Rouge, and presently serves as the director of band and guitar at Herndon Magnet School in Belcher LA. His students have performed at ArtBreak and competed in district festivals, and several of them have been selected to play in All-Parish Honor Bands. He currently teaches guitar lessons and Jazz improvisation to beginning through advanced students in his private studio.

The Festival Orchestra In Concert

Kermit Poling and Leonard Kacenjar, conductors
JuYeon Lee, organist

• 3:00 pm Sunday 01 June

Holy Cross Episcopal Church
875 Cotton Street, Shreveport
(318) 222-3325

Free Admission

Organ Concerto in B flat major by Handel
Musica Celestis by Kernis
Visions of the Virgin (arranged for string orchestra) by Poling


JuYeon Lee – Organ
JuYeon Julia Lee DMA is currently department chair and assistant professor of music at Wiley College of Marshall TX. She previously served on the faculties of Nazarene University, Changshin College, and Grapevine High School. She serves on the Marshall Symphony Orchestra Board, the American Guild of Organists Committee, Texas Association of Music Schools, and Marshall Music Club. JuYeon Lee is a concert organist, dedicated educator, and specialist in collaborative keyboard and church music She has established her career over the past twenty-three years as a leading organist in North America and Asia.

JuYeon Lee’s organ recital performances include the Jack Singer Concert Hall (Calgary), Trinity Episcopal Church (Tulsa), St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (Oklahoma City OK), St Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Fort Worth), First Presbyterian Church (Kilgore, Longview, Gainesville TX), St Mark’s School (Dallas), Covenant Presbyterian Church (Sherman TX), First Baptist Church (Longview TX), Cathedral of St John Berchmans (Shreveport LA), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and First Congregational Church (Los Angeles) which has the largest church pipe organ in the world. Her upcoming performances include concerts at YoungSan Art Hall and KeiMyung University in South Korea this summer.

As an active performer with choirs and orchestras, she has appeared in over a hundred concerts. In 2004, she made her debut at the Kennedy Center as an accompanist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of recent performances include concerts with the Marshall, Las Colinas, Irving, and Garland Symphony Orchestras. She has accompanied the Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus at the University of North Texas, choirs at Grapevine High School, and the A Cappella Choir at Wiley College.

JuYeon Lee earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the University of North Texas, the Master of Music from KeiMyung University, and the Bachelor of Arts from Kosin University in South Korea. She has studied with Jesse Eschbach and Choon Hae Kim. She has also coached with Marilyn Mason, David Higgs, Thomas Murray, Simon Preston, Joseph Butler, Piet Kee, and Marie-Claire Alain.

Besides her duties at Wiley College, JuYeon Lee currently serves at First Presbyterian Church in Longview as an organist and artist in residence, and at St Joseph Catholic Church in Marshall as an organist. JuYeon Lee is thrilled to share her vision to glorify God, encourage people, and challenge the community and the world through music.