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" It is wonderful to see all these young musicians and how happy and enthusiastic they are."


2014 PRISMA Audience Member
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Wow... what an amazing two weeks of music! The PRISMA team is slowly coming down from a two-week high and couldn't be more thankful for the support from the Powell River community for this year's symphony. We are so fortunate to have had three whole weeks of beautiful music here, now that Kathaumixw just finished a wonderful 16th season.

This year, we had the largest orchestra yet, the best attendance at A Celebration of the Senses, and some of the most talented students we've heard! We have had great feedback from all of our free events this year, from A Celebration of the Senses to the student recitals and the concerto competition. PRISMA is thrilled to have been able to bring the music to so many people this season.

PRISMA 2014's concerto competition winner was Nicholas Bentz. Nicholas will be spending a week with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Arnold. This edition includes an article on Nicholas and his musical career.

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Bravo, Powell River, for another incredible season of PRISMA. We'll see you again next year for PRISMA 2015!
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PRISMA 2014 Highlights
PRISMA 2014 Highlights

Student Feedback

"Our time in Powell River has been fantastic! Not only has the festival been a wonderful opportunity to make music, the community has been so welcoming and supportive. "


"I had a wonderful experience at PRISMA. I enjoyed meeting other students of various age ranges from across North America and the world."


"Maestro Arnold did a fantastic job at thoroughly preparing the orchestra for such difficult repertoire in a short time and giving us a taste of the professional world, while keeping things fun and positive." 

"I was looking for a challenging program with a strong backup need to improve my playing. PRISMA delivered." 

Masterclass Success

Our $3 masterclasses were great hits this year. During the masterclasses, audiences had a unique opportunity to observe the manifestation of PRISMA's vision as students learned and grew under the direction of world-renowned guest artists. Audiences marvelled at the perseverance and vulnerability of both student and teacher as they strove for musical excellence and were delighted by the progress of the students as they shared in their eagerness to learn.  
Here is what some audience members had to say about the masterclasses:
"Masterclasses had great information for improving an amateur's performance and were a great display of the high level of musical expertise of our visiting musicians."

"I love the learning opportunity for the people of Powell River."

"The masterclasses were so enjoyable this year. I have learned so much."






Nicholas Bentz is a recent graduate of the Charleston County School of the Arts, from where he won the third annual David and Karen Stahl Memorial College Scholarship of $2,500, the top award in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League's annual scholarship competition. He now studies at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. As a double major, Nicholas studies violin under Herbert Greenberg, a PRISMA guest artist, and musical composition under Kevin Puts. Nicholas received a bursary from the Busenhart Morgan - Evans Foundation from the UK to attend PRISMA.


At the age of six, Nicholas started his career in music with the violin, and later added musical composition and voice to his repertoire. In the past, he has studied violin under Yuriy Bekker, concertmaster for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. According to Nicholas, Bekker has taught him a Russian system that hones technique.


Since working with Bekker, Nicholas has worked Greenberg through scholarships with the Summer Study Award Program during the Aspen Music Festival. During the summers of 2009, 2011 and 2012, Nicholas performed with the Aspen Opera Theatre Company for the productions of "Don Giovanni," "Falstaff" and "Sweeney Todd," respectively. In 2010 and 2011, he performed with the Santa Fe Ballet Company as a member of the Aspen Concert Orchestra. He was chosen as a finalist to compete in the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Competition.


Nicholas has also taken music composition for six years under Irina Pevzner and Dr. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis at the College of Charleston. Nicholas then decided to major in voice at the School of the Arts to learn more about his craft.


As a violinist, he would have most loved to hear Jascha Heifetz. "His ability to blend both the technical perfection and the emotional perfection is just amazing," Nicholas said. Some of his favourite composers include Gustav Mahler, Erich Korngold and Olivier Messiaen.

PRISMA student Tony Redmer won our Instagram competition with his beautiful photos of PRISMA and Powell River. Check out what students snapped by searching #PRISMA2014 on social media.

PRISMA extends its sincere thanks to all of its supporters, especially:
its grant donors...
RBC Emerging Artists Project
The City of Powell River
The Powell River Arts Council
Powell River Regional District
BC Arts Council

...its corporate sponsors...

Lamont & Company
Dr. Ashok Varma, Inc.
Dave Formosa Holdings
River City Coffee
The Hub 101
Ross Cooper Real Estate
Long & McQuade
BC Ferries
Vista Radio
Lamar Transit Advertising
Tourism Powell River
Powell River Town Centre Mall

Aaron Vending

Career Link

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Lund Hotel and Grocery

Mitchell Brothers

Parish of St. David and St. Paul

Powell River Taxi

Quality Foods

Save on Foods

Shoppers Drugmart

The Shinglemill

Top of the Hill Grocery

Westview Gardens

...and its individual donors.


Ed & Julia Levy

Harry & Louise Lundquist

Shoji Family



Brendan & Heather Allen

Donna & Hector Beauschesne

Bryce & Kim Code

Dan & Heather Dyble

Charlie Kregel & Lisa Strickland-Clark

CaroleAnn & Myrna Leishman

Michael Matthews

Michael Robinson & Lyn Webster

Lorraine & Terry Stokes

Anne Thompson

Gordon Thompson




Stewart Alsgard

Arthur Arnold & Kim Stokes

Doreen Berrington & Lee Coulter

Patrick Brabazon & Jane Cameron

Dennis & Kay Bremner

Kyla Bremner

Pierre du Plessis

Frank & Margaret Greenwood

David & Janet May

Dr. Pieter & Roche Rossouw

Denise Reinhardt & Paul Schachter

Lawrence Skinner



Warren Behan

Richard Benson

Betty Bonsor

Robert Butkus

Don & Joyce Carlson

Belinda Chow

Lyn Cooper

Ruth & Sean Dees

Deanna Flichel

Footprint Nature Explorations

Patricia & Robin Jones

Stephanie Jones & Stephan Pollock

Charlene Laramee

Dennis Latham

Jean MacKenzie

Robert Main & Hannah van der Kamp

Christine & David Masters

Sheila Nassichuk

C & M Phillips

Jeanette Scott

Barbara Sherrif

Sharon Thomas

Linda Wegner

Winnifred Williams

Alane Wilson



Gale Alsgard

Carla Arnold

Paul Atterton

Brian Balfe & Marie Trudeau

Jim Boase

Alfred Bolster & Kevin Wilson

Marion & Tony Brett

Susan Canning

Shelley Carson

Joanne Crawford

Charlie & Jim Dickson

Murray Dobbin

Bill Ellis

Alli Floyd

Barb & Ed Fudge

Phyllis Giovannetti

Nina & Roger Goodman

John & Mary Gray

John & Marie Hall

Chris & Hazel Harris

John Heintz & Carol Sheehan

Rick Helmer

Jennifer Holden

Alex & Nancy Hollman

Greta Jasper

Mary Luckman

Helen MacKenzie

Janet Maund

Michele Morton

Mike & Susan Moscovich

Glenda Nikirk

James Peacok

Rudy Pearson

Deanna & Larry Petkus

Elmer & Liz Phillipson

Mike Pinch

Stephen Pollack

Marnie Pullin

Dr. Brad & Fran Schweitzer

Katherine & Rob Silcox

Marylin Simms

Blake Simpson

Marianne Smisko

Don Somers

Bill Steen

Shannon Stevens

Charlotte Styles

Mark & Pat Tapper

Tess Trueman

Diana Vaughn

Bill & Joyce Verburgt

Carolyn Walton-Kay

Eagle & Laura Walz

Anne Watson

Geoff Whittaker

Janet & Warren Wiley

PRISMA would also like to thank all of its hardworking volunteers, without whom this festival would not have been so successful. Bravo!

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