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"My experience at PRISMA was exactly what I needed to be mentally prepared to take and win my job audition with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra."

2014 PRISMA Student Hannah Porter Occena
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Happy Holidays, PRISMA fans!

The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect and express our season's greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy. The PRISMA team thanks you for your continued support and together we look forward to what the New Year and new season bring.

We are excited to announce a special holiday package for 2015 All-Access passes. Check out the details below, as well as some updates from our recent AGM. 

We would also like to share with you that the applications for PRISMA 2015 are now open! Please feel welcome to spread the word to any young aspiring musicians you may know. Interested students can find more information and apply on our website

It's time to extend a warm PRISMA welcome to our newest guest artist -- Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth.
Students: Apply to PRISMA 2015 Today!

Applications for the 2015 program are now open on our website! Remember, if you are unsure about your application, you can always schedule a Pre-Audition Skype Consultation with us to get some valuable feedback.

Give the Gift of Music

Give the gift of PRISMA this holiday season. All-Access Passes are available for a special holiday price of $67.50 (regularly priced at $80) up until December 24th. Get yours on our website today! We'll make sure to get you your pass in time to stuff in a stocking or hide under the tree.

All-Access Passes include admission to all concerts, master classes, student recitals and rehearsals.

A Warm PRISMA Welcome to Canadian Cellist Amanda Forsyth 

PRISMA is excited to announce the famous Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth as a guest artist at PRISMA 2015. Ms. Forsyth will perform the second cello concerto of Victor Herbert with the Pacific Philharmonic on June 27. She will also take part in the chamber music concert with the C minor string quartet of Johannes Brahms with the other string faculty. 

Born in South Africa, Ms. Forsyth moved to Canada as a child and began playing cello at age three. She became a prot�g� of William Pleeth in London, and later studied with Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School.  After two seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra she became the youngest principal ever selected by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra-a post she occupied for six years.  She was appointed principal cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1998.

"Every soloist -- especially every young female cellist -- has to contend with the long shadow of Jacqueline Du Pr�, whose performances and recordings remain touchstones. The remarkable performance by Amanda Forsyth banished comparisons. Projecting a big, burnished timbre, the young Canadian showed herself in sympathy with Elgar's work." SUN-SENTINEL

Read more in Ms. Forsyth's biography on our 

2015 AGM Updates

At the recent AGM, attendees enjoyed a video of Nicholas Bentz, the Concert Competition Winner, speaking of his experience in Moscow this year. We reviewed some valuable feedback with our members and elected the 2015 Board:

Brian Balfe | President
John Silver | Vice President
Paul Schachter | Secretary-Treasurer
Kim Stokes | Director
Arthur Arnold | Director
Pat Gerlach | Director
 Mike Robinson | Director
Julia Levy | Director
Michael Matthews | Director
Jeanette Scott | Director

2014 Concert Competition Winner on the "Mind Boggling" Grand Prize
Nicholas Bentz on PRISMA's Concerto Competition Grand Prize
Nicholas Bentz on PRISMA's Concerto Competition Grand Prize

"This is truly a life-altering prize, and I've come away from my week in Moscow with so many new insights on not just music, but the world in general... The experience there is truly unrivalled. "
Become a Member

It's time to renew your PRISMA membership for the upcoming season. If you've already taken out your membership for 2015, thank you so much for your patronage and generosity. If you are considering purchasing a membership, why not do it right away? Your support enables the PRISMA team to continue the preparations for the 2015 festival.

We appreciate support at every level. For those who can afford a higher level of support, we've increased the benefits at the Patron ($500) level to include two complimentary All-Access Passes and admission for two to the spring special event - a wine and cheese reception or similar function.

Your membership does so much more than just support the symphony. PRISMA members enable the festival to provide special educational opportunities for the youth of Powell River and to try out new innovations in the program. Plus, we rely on members for ideas and suggestions to make the offerings better each year. PRISMA members are the heart of the festival on which all other parts depend.

Your support is meaningful in other ways, too. Membership participation sends the message to government and private funders that PRISMA deserves their increased support. Last year, we received our first grant from the BC Arts Council, and this year we hope to get support from Canada, too.

For more information on becoming a member, visit our website. Thank you for supporting our festival.
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Here's to a successful PRISMA 2015,

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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