“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

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PRISMA 2016: June 13 - 25. 

BC’s own summer orchestra academy, the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), will take place this year from June 13th – 25th in Powell River, B.C. The Academy will welcome famous Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth to its team of world-renowned guest artists to instruct students seeking careers in symphony orchestras.
A registered charity, now in its fourth season, the festival attracts over 5000 concertgoers and has received a record number of 225 student applicants this year from around the world. The selected students will come together to form the Pacific Philharmonic with first-rate guest faculty members from varied backgrounds and orchestras. The festival features five public concerts, including three full orchestra symphony concerts, the Guest Artist Gala Opening and Chamber Concerts, and the Concerto Competition Semi-Finals and Finals. Beyond its concert series, PRISMA also presents an annual showcase of talent alongside local musicians, artists and food concessions at PRISMA on the Beach, held at the scenic Willingdon Beach.
The festival, established in 2012, 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.
“Among many other things, the residents of Powell River, BC were one of my favourite parts of the festival. Just seeing the joy, excitement, and support that these people gave to the festival was amazing, and performances were made so much more enjoyable by the enthusiasm of the audiences.” – Shannon Fitzhenry, PRISMA 2016 Concerto Competition Winner
“The faculty is excellent, Maestro Arnold is inspirational, and the audience of Powell River are truly spectacular. It's an intense musical festival, yet the beautiful location and supportive atmosphere make it extremely enjoyable and fun.” – PRISMA 2016 Student 
  • PRISMA on the Beach
  • Gala Grand Opening Concert
  • Symphony Cruise Matinee Concert
  • Gala Closing Concert
  • PRISMA on the Beach 2015, an unforgettable event.
  • Concerto Competition winner in Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Two Weeks of Musical Adventures
  • PRISMA - A short impression of the program (4 min)