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" Excellent quality of concert performances - very polished. Complicated pieces were not avoided. So good to see such a high level of community support."


2013 PRISMA Audience Member
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PRISMA 2014 is finally here!

On this Wednesday, June 18th, CareerLink will be hosting a hotdog sale to raise funds and awareness for PRISMA. Stop by from noon to 2pm to get some food and listen to a brass quintet of students.

Concert tickets for the matinee and closing concerts are going quickly! Get your festival tickets or passes at Breakwater Books or here -- only $75 for an All-Access Pass and $22 per concert or $5 for youth. 

PRISMA would like to extend its thanks to The Laughing Oyster, Arthur Arnold, the string trio and, of course, all of our supporters who donated and attended. It was a magnificent evening, and we are that much more excited for PRISMA to finally begin.

Read on to find out more about the remainder of our guest artists, repertoire and a full schedule of events during the festival.
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Read what some 2013 audience members thought about the festival:


Most inspiring, such a human/artistic event.

Wonderful to be able to attend the student recitals.

Masterclasses are a great idea.

Phenomenal, especially Soyoung Yoon. Would have attended more but for work. I will attend more next year.

Excellent performance by the guest artists.

Loved the concerts and thought they were beautiful. I look forward to seeing PRISMA again next year.

Excellent concerts.

PRISMA surpassed all expectations.

My enjoyment was large, and I thank you ALL very much.

It was wonderful to be able to attend the daily student recitals.

A wonderful 2 weeks of music.

PRISMA did everything just right.

The violin soloist, Ms. Yoon, was absolutely outstanding - world class performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

Absolutely fabulous!! Kudos to Arthur Arnold, faculty and students. Soyoung Yoon was breathtaking. We are so lucky here in Powell River. I loved all I saw.

Excellent quality of concert performances - very polished. Complicated pieces were not avoided. So good to see such a high level of community support.

Thank you so much to EVERYONE for bringing us such a wonderful program.

The masterclasses opened my eyes and ears to the many facets of playing the instruments and interpreting the written score. They have given me a much greater appreciation of the music, instruments and musicians.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the amazing musical journeys during the festival, and especially for opening up masterclasses to the public. I learned so much from watching the faculty members work with students! Thank you for sharing so much with us!


Arthur Arnold has a nice touch with faculty and students. His enthusiasm for music is infectious to audiences as well.

Didn't want to have missed anything.

From an audience point of view it was very enjoyable. As a music teacher - the open masterclasses were a special treat.

Lots of listening pleasure.

The masterclasses were wonderful. It helped bring the musicians closer to the audience and gave me a broader appreciation of the work and dedication. Thank you.

Loved the concerto competition.

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3:30 p.m. Bass Master Class

5:30 p.m. Bass Student Recital (free admission)



3:30 p.m. Cello Master Class

5:30 p.m. Cello Student Recital (free admission)



3:30 p.m. Viola Master Class

5:00 p.m. Celebration of the Senses - Willingdon Beach (FREE)



3:30 p.m. Oboe/Bassoon Master Class

5:30 p.m. Oboe/Bassoon Student Recital (free admission)

7:30 p.m. Concerto Competition (free admission)



3:30 p.m. Trumpet/Trombone Master Class

7:30 p.m. Guest Artist Chamber Music Concert



1:30 p.m. PRISMA Pacific Philharmonic Matinee Concert

7:30 p.m. PRISMA Pacific Philharmonic Evening Concert

Arthur Arnold, Conductor

Soyoung Yoon, violin



3:30 p.m. Horn/Tuba Master Class

5:30 p.m. Horn/Tuba Student Recital (free admission)



3:30 p.m. Violin Master Class

5:30 p.m. Violin Student Recital (free admission)



3:30 p.m. Harp Master Class

5:30 p.m. Harp Student Recital (free admission)



3:30 p.m. Flute/Clarinet Master Class

7:30 p.m. Guest Artist Chamber Music Concert



3:30 p.m. Percussion Master Class

5:30 p.m. Percussion Student Recital (free admission)



7:30 p.m. PRISMA Pacific Philharmonic Gala Closing Concert

Arthur Arnold, Conductor

Includes final round of CONCERTO COMPETITION


All concerts, recitals and master classes are held at the Evergreen Theatre.


A Celebration of the Senses takes place at Willingdon Beach.


Tickets and passes can be purchased at Breakwater Books, at the door and on-line: 

Repertoire Revealed  

Concert 5: Symphony Orchestra Concert
Saturday, June 28th at 7:30pm



Mozart's Le'Nozze di Figaro Overture

TBA - Final Round PRISMA Concerto Competition

Mahler's Symphony no. 1


As the two weeks of PRISMA come to a close, students and faculty will perform together one final time. At this evening's concert, the three concerto competition finalists will perform as soloists and a winner will be determined and announced. This concert is bound to raise audiences to their feet when the baton is lowered for the last time.



Check out these renditions:


Mozart: Overture - 'Le nozze di Figaro'
Mozart: Overture - 'Le nozze di Figaro'
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1 -  Bernstein · Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1 - Bernstein · Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


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! Don't miss out on the music, food, art, and more.
Fokke van Heel


Fokke van Heel is the principal horn of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He has played principal horn with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under conductors Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur and George Benjamin. He has also performed with other distinguished conductors including Edo de Waart, Valery Gergiev, Marc Albrecht, Hartmut Haenchen, Oliver Knussen, Yakov Kreizberg, Ivor Bolton and Esa-Pekka Salonen.


As a soloist, Fokke van Heel performed the two Richard Strauss concertos, Benjamin Britten's 'Serenade' and Oliver Knussen's horn concerto in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. 


Van Heel is a horn professor at the music universities of Amsterdam and Zwolle. He is an advocate of contemporary music and frequently performs with different chamber music groups. He began playing the French Horn in the local brass band of a little town in the Netherlands. He studied in The Hague with Prof. Oldrich M�lek (Czechia) and in Essen with Prof. Hermann Baumann (Germany). He also studied with Froydis Ree-Wekre, Peter Damm and Vitaly Boujanovsky in international master classes.


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

William Linwood




A native of Saskatoon, William (Bill) Linwood studied with renowned percussionist George Gaber at Indiana University and continued his studies with Cloyd Duff and Kurt-Hans Goedicke.  Bill has been Principal Timpani with the Victoria Symphony since 1982 and has performed with many leading orchestras in both Canada and England.


Bill has been the Percussion Instructor at the University of Victoria since 2000.  In March of 2001, he directed the Canadian Premiere of George Antheil's Ballet M�canique (original version 1924) with the University of Victoria Percussion Ensemble and in the following year directed a program dedicated entirely to the music of Edgard Var�se. In March 2006, Bill led the UVic Percussion Ensemble in a collaborative concert with Montreal's Quasar Quartet.  This concert featured Sofia Gubaidulina's In Erwartung, for saxophone quartet and percussion sextet.


A strong advocate of new music, Bill is the co-founder and artistic director of Victoria's Aventa Ensemble.  He has conducted such classic repertoire as Boulez' Derive I, Ligeti'sChamber Concerto and Ferneyhough's Flurries, as well as Canadian premieres of a wide variety of Canadian and international repertoire.  


Percussion 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.

Eric Hominick 



Eric Hominick studied piano at the Toronto Conservatory and piano and voice at Dalhousie University. In 1983 he moved to Vancouver to join the music faculty at Vancouver Community College (KEC) and commence an eleven-year professional singing career with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. At present, he is also accompanist for the British Columbia Girls Choir.


Mr. Hominick is an experienced recital, workshop, rehearsal and audition pianist. He has worked with many of Vancouver's finest choral ensembles, singers, instrumentalists, voice studios and music institutions. He runs a Piano and Voice Studio in Vancouver, and freelances as an accompanist, arranger, adjudicator, baritone soloist and vocal coach. As a singer he is a veteran of weddings, background vocal sessions and professional singing engagements.


Eric has been a Broadway rehearsal and show pianist, cruise ship entertainer, cocktail pianist, occasional lecturer on the topic "Crossing Over From Classical to Broadway", and has played and sung in a variety of traditional and contemporary gospel groups. 


Students at PRISMA 2014 will get the chance to work with this dynamic accompanist throughout PRISMA. 

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