“What an incredible, exciting evening - a combination of events rarely combined on one stage in a spectacular performance. Congratulations to all the marvelous musicians and supporters of the 2016 PRISMA festival. What you have developed in Powell River is unique and I am immensely proud to be patron of this organization.”

Honorary Patron, The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

PRISMA 2017: June 12-24

From the Music Director:

BC’s own PRISMA Festival & Academy takes place in Powell River on the beautiful Pacific west coast of Canada. The festival attracts world-renowned guest artists and top international music students.  PRISMA draws over 5000 concertgoers from BC and beyond to the daily musical events, the symphony and chamber music concerts, master classes and student recitals.  The PRISMA Festival Orchestra, the highlight of the festival, performs three full symphony concerts.

Returning in 2017: The Gala Grand Opening Concert. A feast of music where all PRISMA musicians, guest artist and students, perform a wide variety of exciting repertoire.  Even the full orchestra will be heard during this opening concert.

PRISMA on the Beach: Thousands of people gather on Willingdon Beach to listen to the live music of the PRISMA Festival Orchestra and to enjoy the festivities. A great variety of food concessions completes the celebration.

Daily Musical Events: During the inspiring master classes, open for the public, PRISMA guest artists work with the students, who improve audibly in front of your eyes.  Stay for the free student recitals, afternoons on non-concert days.

The Concerto CompetitionAn exciting part of PRISMA, during the Semi-Finals and the Finals the winner of the grand prize, a week in the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, will be selected by the international jury.

The PRISMA Festival & Academy is an opportunity for enthusiastic young musicians to prepare for positions in professional orchestras.  PRISMA’s vision is to be a premier North American summer music school, attracting students by merit and patrons by the quality of the program to Powell River, a city rich in cultural and musical tradition.  PRISMA is a registered charity, now in its fifth season, established in 2012.

"Let me extend my personal invitation to you and your friends and family to attend the PRISMA Festival events of your choosing.  We are still small enough to welcome you personally, but I think you will discover the depth of our emerging professionalism is captivating at the international level.  Welcome to PRISMA Festival & Academy 2017!"

Arthur Arnold

Music Director & Conductor

  • PRISMA on the Beach
  • Gala Grand Opening Concert
  • Symphony Cruise Matinee Concert
  • Gala Closing Concert
  • PRISMA on the Beach 2016, Shaw TV
  • Competition winner in Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Two Weeks of Musical Adventures
  • PRISMA - A short impression of the program (4 min)