The mission of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra is to

Weave classical music throughout the fabric of our community!

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) was founded in 2008 by a group of music lovers and musicians to provide professional performance opportunities for local musicians, educational concerts for young people, and an after school string program.  Under the direction of Miles Fish, the Philharmonic delighted audiences with a Valentine’s Day Concert, an orchestral concert featuring NWA’s finest local musicians and a spectacular Holiday concert in December 2009.


The APO contines to grow with Northwest Arkansas under the direction of Steven Byess.  The Philharmonic is an integral part of the community by employing local, professional musicians and being leaders in music education for our young musicians.  We are delighted to be your Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra.


A Leader in Education

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra provides the most extensive education and community programs offered in our community. It brings music into the classrooms, free of charge, through a partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  In addition, the APO supports an after school string program – Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (APYO).  Through this program, young string musicians work closely with Philharmonic musicians making music and refining their skills as instrumentalists.  The APO is proud to support local music programs through Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, the APYO, and by offering free tickets to music students in our area.


Our People

Board of Directors

Chair - Kim Strickland, Walmart (Retired)

Vice-Chair - Karen Casey, Walmart (Retired)

Secretary - Michael Parks, Merrill Lynch

Finance Chair - Navin Chander, Walmart

Treasurer - Terri Osborne

Jenn Couzens, Clare Leone

Lauren Clare, The Allie Lauren Project 

Thomas Carney, Walmart

Gabe Camargo, Walmart

Cecilia Wu, Walmart

Cynthia Cochran, SMT Grants


Jason Miller - Executive Director

Richard Bobo - Librarian

Peter Hamby - Orchestra Manager

Christy Paxton - Education Director

In the Community

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra builds lasting relationships with communities throughout the Northwest Arkansas region through  concerts, Side-by-Side Concerts and the Community Connections Program for nonprofit organizations.


The Community Connections  Program offers complimentary tickets to community, charitable and service organizations in order to make great music accessible to everyone in our community. By providing those with limited means access to the APO, we can engage communities throughout the NWA area in meaningful and lasting ways. 

The APO is proud to support the following organizations:

Funding provided by:


PO Box 1723

Bentonville, AR 72712

Tel: 479-841-4644


Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm

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