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"I am soon going to begin the journey of professional orchestra auditions. Attending PRISMA was an invaluable step in getting me to this point."


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Attention all PRISMA fans and supporters: we need your help! With the 2014 festival quickly approaching, we have found ourselves in need of a few more volunteers: billeters, bar servers and a dorm supervisor. If you'd like to get yourself some FREE tickets, consider volunteering your time to make sure PRISMA 2014 is a success. We'd love to have you on board. Read on for more details.

Concert tickets are available at Breakwater Books, at the Town Centre Mall from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on June 5, 6, 12 and 13, and at First Credit Union on Friday, June 13th. You can also order your tickets online by clicking here.

You can also buy tickets to our Laughing Oyster kick-off Fundraiser on Saturday, June 14th by calling the restaurant at 604-483-9775. PRISMA Members and the guests at their table will all receive a $5 discount each off of their ticket. Don't miss out on the great food, music and company -- we hope to see you there!
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PRISMA Fundraiser/Kickoff Event


PRISMA and The Laughing Oyster are proud to invite you to an evening of fine dining and performance on Saturday, June 14th at 6pmSupport Powell River's own summer orchestra academy while enjoying an evening of a gourmet buffet, silent and live auctions and performances by Maestro Arthur Arnold and a string trio of 2014 students: Madeline Hocking on violin, Jeffrey Chow on viola and Angela Kim on celloTickets are $45 a person and include a full gourmet buffet and entertainment. Avoid disappointment and contact The Laughing Oyster at 604 483-9775 to make your reservation.


PRISMA Members and their guests at the table will receive a $5 discount each. Consider becoming a Member so you, too, can take advantage of this great deal by clicking here.



PRISMA is looking for a few home-stays for students for the duration of the festival. The students will arrive in Powell River on Sunday, June 15th, and will depart on Sunday, June 29th. If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a PRISMA student, please send us an email:

 Read this testimonial about the home-stay experience of two PRISMA supporters from last year:


"We had the pleasure of hosting a young lady from Costa Rica for the duration of PRISMA last year.  She was a joy to have in the house: she was always curious about the various things that were unfamiliar to her and continuously asking us questions regarding her understanding of English.  She was a college student who had a very good command of the language, but had fun learning the use of "slang" in our culture.  She was not a finicky eater and was willing to try anything.  Before she left, she had the pleasure of seeing racoons, eagles, but no bear (which disappointed her).  We continue to keep in touch via Facebook, which is fun for both of us."


-Terry and Lorraine Stokes, PRISMA 2013 Hosts

We Need Your Help! 
We are still looking to fill a number of volunteer positions:


Dorm Supervisor: As the Dorm Supervisor, you would be on site at the Rodmay Hotel as needed to help students settle in and start their days, handle queries and communicate student concerns with PRISMA staff. You would be needed off/on on June 15th and 29th, as well as for breakfasts and on call as needed from June 16th to 28th.


Celebration of the Senses Assistant Stage Manager: This person would assist with stage set up and the backstage direction of entertainment.
Celebration of the Senses Parking Attendants: Two to four volunteers are needed from 4-6 pm to assist with parking and traffic flow.


All PRISMA volunteers will earn complimentary access to concert(s) and our sincere gratitude. Become a part of the team and join in the festival excitement! 

If you are interested in these or other positions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Smrekar at or 485-5162. 

Repertoire Revealed  

Concert 2: Symphony Orchestra Concert
Saturday, June 21st at 1:30 and 7:30pm



Dukas' L'apprenti Sorcier

Brahms' Violin Concerto

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra 



The first week of students' and faculty's hard work will pay off in tonight's not-to-be-missed performance. Performed this evening will be Dukas' L'apprenti Sorcier (the Sorceror's Apprentice), a symphonic poem based on Goethe's poem of the same name. This piece was featured in the popular Disney animated film Fantasia.


Star violinist Soyoung Yoon will astound audiences as a soloist in Brahms' Violin Concerto, a piece known for its technically demanding solo.


Check out these renditions:


Dukas: L'apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Conductor: W. Sawallisch
Dukas: L'apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Conductor: W. Sawallisch
Hilary Hahn plays Brahms' Violin Concerto
Hilary Hahn plays Brahms' Violin Concerto


A Celebration of the Senses:
June 18, 2014 at 5pm 
PRISMA's free, family-friendly community event at Willingdon Beach is back for the 2014 season!

At this event, PRISMA students and guest artists will perform a preview of symphonic and chamber music from the festival. Enjoy a variety of food while perusing displays of art to the euphonic sounds of local musical acts. Bring your own chair or blanket as there is very limited seating to enjoy the culture and scenery at the beautiful Willingdon Beach.


So far, here are the confirmed performers, artists and food vendors:



Powell River Idol winner Jasper Snow Sassaman

The Powell River Community Band

Felicia Joseph

Spirit Singers


Ursula Medley

Amanda Martinson

Lila Smith

Food Vendors:

The Little Hut Curry

Rob n Lindaz Wood Fired Pizza

Shusma Dass Indian Food

Mayra Funes Indonesian BBQ


and many more!

Janet Arms 





Janet Arms has, for the past 16 years, been a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra, where she plays flute and piccolo. She has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera and the St Louis Symphony as guest Principal Flutist, as well as throughout Europe.


Ms. Arms has soloed in the U.S. and abroad with the New York Chamber Soloists. She has a decade-long association with the Bard Festival Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra at Bard, and is a former member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  


She now makes her home in New York where she is active in commercial recording. Recent chamber music activities include performances with musicians of the NYC Opera at Lincoln Center and the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in St Michaels, Maryland. Ms. Arms is a prizewinner in both the NY Flute Club competition and the Concert Artists International competition.  

She made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall while completing her Master's degree at Juilliard, and has been an adjudicator and guest artist at NY Flute Club events. Ms. Arms received her Bachelor's degree from The Hartt School, where she is now a member of the flute faculty.


Flute and piccolo students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class returning PRISMA guest artist in masterclasses, sectional rehearsals and even private lessons for the two weeks of PRISMA.

Roger Cole 




Roger Cole has been Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony since 1976 and of the Carmel Bach Festival since 1997. He also played Principal Oboe in the CBC Radio Orchestra.


He received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington where he studied with Bernard Shapiro, the Principal Oboist of the Seattle Symphony. He went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom.


Roger has participated in summer music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has collaborated with Vancouver pianist Linda Lee Thomas on a CD for the CBC Musica Viva label entitled The Expressive Oboe


Roger is the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music and also teaches many private students in his home studio.


Oboe students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class returning PRISMA guest artist in masterclasses, sectional rehearsals and even private lessons for the two weeks of PRISMA.

Alain Desgagn�



Alain Desgagn� won a "Premier Prix" from the Conservatoire de Musique du Qu�bec and later obtained a Master's and Certificate degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, under the direction of Robert Marcellus. 


He started his professional career in 1989 with the Victoria Symphony, then became Solo Clarinet of the Winnipeg Symphony in 1996 and, finally, in 2001, he won his current position of Clarinette Solo Associ� with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montr�al.


Desgagn� has been on the Marrowstone Music Festival faculty since 1990 and was named Principal Clarinet of the National Orchestra of Italy in Martina Franca for the summer of 2005. 


He was a featured soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Principal Clarinet of the New European Chamber Orchestra in Seattle, Washington for several summers. He is a member of the Faculty of Music at McGill University and a member of the group Kiosque. Following his studies at Northwestern, he was admitted to the Pi Kappa Lambda Musical Honour Society.


Clarinet students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class returning PRISMA guest artist in masterclasses, sectional rehearsals and even private lessons for the two weeks of PRISMA.

Symphony Cruise



Saturday, June 21 at 1:30pm. 


Comox Valley residents can attend the Festival's Saturday matinee concert via the Symphony Cruise.  This provides concert tickets, ferry to and from Powell River, ground transportation to and from the concert hall and an optional catered lunch at the concert hall. 
For more information on the Symphony Cruise, contact Karen Ray at RBC: 250-334-5605 or
The catered lunch is sold out, but there are still limited concert tickets available. Order now at
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