Jiawei Yan, Viola, The Juilliard School
"What makes PRISMA stand out is its particularly short duration and its intensive study schedule.
Thank you, PRISMA and all the volunteers and sponsors, for making this happen for us. We definitely see from all of you how much it connects to people through what we are working so hard to give you."
Lydia Consilvio, Oboe, Yale School of Music
"I feel like the faculty really care about the students and I can feel that being here.
It's a lot of learning and it's wonderful here."
Maitreyi Muralidharan, Violin, Peobody Insitute
"I've never seen a community so involved and appreciative of these concerts. We've never played for anything less than a full house. Every time Maestro Arnold comes, he brings this energy that the only important thing right now is that you make beautiful music
Lara Vercher Colomer, Clarinet, Spain
"For me, I've been in other festivals around the world and the fact that you can play with the guest artists at PRISMA is a gift. I'm playing and smiling at the same time, thinking 'Is this for real?'"
Tamara Dworetz, Conducting, University of Georgia
"It's really special how the community really supports PRISMA. When I stepped off the ferry and saw all the PRISMA signs, and then the first concert at the beach--it's just so supported. It makes us as musicians feel really good, even though we aren't professionals and are in a growing process, to feel appreciated by the community so deeply."
Phillipp Mellies, Flute, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Alena Wilsdorf, Flute, Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf
"The lessons at PRISMA make it more than only an orchestra project. You really have a lot of private lessons and masterclasses and excerpts and audition training. It includes so much.
"For us it's a bit special, because we probably won't take North American orchestra auditions but still it's interesting to get a new viewpoint and Janet is just so great. She has great ways of explaining how to practice things with different ideas, which is great for us even though we know that in a European audition we will have to play a bit differently."
Fangming Shen, Violin, Peobody Institute
"PRISMA was a good opportunity for me to make friends with and perform with such talented musicians. PRISMA was a good experience for helping me to feel the environment of competitions and prepare more. I had so much fun here."