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Hello and happy March!

As we approach the season of Spring, we celebrate the closeness of a new PRISMA season in the summer. In this issue, you can find an exciting promotional video that you can share with friends, a CBC interview with Maestro Arthur Arnold and a bio for an exciting new faculty member. We are also thrilled to announce our partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Powell River.
Congratulations to Dennis and Kay Bremner for winning our Valentine's Day Special draw. Enjoy your stay at the Town Centre Hotel!

PRISMA always encourages its fans and supporters to consider becoming members to contribute to the wonderful program growing right here in the community of Powell River. 
Music students, don't forget -- the PRISMA 2014 application deadline is March 31, 2014. For more details on how to audition, click here.
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Watch this promotional video and get excited for the upcoming season!

(His interview starts at 13:30).

Richard Roberts
PRISMA is excited to welcome Richard Roberts, a world class violinist, to the 2014 faculty. 

Currently serving as  Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Richard Roberts has extensive violin experience. Mr Roberts made his debut as a soloist at the age of seventeen with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole. Following his debut, he studied violin at Indiana University with Josef Gingold, as well as chamber music with Janos Starker and William Primrose. Later, he traveled to Switzerland and studied with violinist Henryk Szeryng.


Richard Roberts has performed the entire cycle of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for violin at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has performed solos around the world and has often played rarely performed works with the MSO.


As a teacher, Mr Roberts has served on the faculties at the University of Minnesota, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec, McGill University, Domaine Forget, the Meadowmount School of Music and the National Orchestral Institute. In addition to presenting numerous masterclasses, he has been a jurist for the Montreal International Violin Competition in 1987 and the Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy in 2003, as well as many other competitions worldwide.


Violin students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class violinist in masterclasses, rehearsals and even private lessons. Mr Roberts will be instructing at PRISMA while one of last season's violinists, Andrew Wan, is away on leave.

Local Support for PRISMA
PRISMA gained another local supporter this year. Rotary International is a worldwide group of over 1.2 million member who share a vision of positive and lasting change in their communities and across the world. Formed in 1905, the organization continues to provide support and raise awareness for issues at the local and international levels.

The Powell River Rotary Club was founded in 1955 and has provided support for many Powell River projects such as the Adopt-A-Highway program and the memorial bricks at the Westview Viewpoint. Rotary also organizes the annual Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts, which just completed its 70th festival earlier this month. Our Rotary club also raises awareness for clubs across the world to sponsor students to attend PRISMA in Powell River.

Thanks, Rotary Clubs of Powell River, for the support!

The Rotary Club of Powell River president Tim Wall signs an agreement with PRISMA Music Director Arthur Arnold. 



Remember: it's easy to become a member and support aspiring musicians and a community rich in the arts. Any contribution, large or small, brings students from around the world one step closer to achieving their dreams. Click here to learn more.

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