The Forth Smith Symphony includes over 100 professional musicians travelling from Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, Iowa, New York and Florida as well as Arkansas for rehearsals and concerts. The orchestra is governed by a 22-member board of directors and has a full time staff of four. The 2012-2013 concert season is John Jeter's seventeenth season as Music Director.
The orchestra consistently receives regional, national and international recognition for its artistic achievements and its award-winning educational programs. As an example, the orchestra's three CD/downloads on the nationally-known Naxos label comprise the first ever complete cycle of recorded symphony of William Grant Still.
The Symphony has also been the subject of a full-length motion picture documentary and television pilot.