Supporting our Symphony
PRISMA NEWSLETTER April 27th, 2016
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" I had a lot of fun making music with people from everywhere, and being in a beautiful place made it that much better! "
- 2015 student
In This Issue:
Thank you, Powell River, for such a successful evening at our Rattenbury gala concert performance! Read on for a message and photo from our special guest, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC on the event.

As we ramp up for PRISMA 2016, we are excited to launch individual ticket sales online for all of our events! We are also currently recruiting for some key volunteer roles, so please get in touch with us if you're interested in joining the PRISMA team. Read on for another exciting PRISMA 2016 update: our very own in-house luthier. For our out-of-town readers (or locals wishing to get the full PRISMA experience), consider signing up for our day or overnight Sunshine Coast Symphony Tours. More details are below!

We'd also like to share with you some photos of Maestro Arnold's recent visits to several Powell River elementary schools, where he spoke to what could very well be the next generation of PRISMA students.  You can also check out our 2015 Annual Report, and have a detailed look at what the last generation of PRISMA students thought of the festival.
Special Guest the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC, on PRISMA's Gala Concert Fundraiser

Our Lieutenant Governor attended the Courtenay concert performance of Rattenbury. Check out what she had to say!

"What an incredible, exciting evening - a combination of events rarely combined on one stage in a spectacular performance. Congratulations to all the marvellous musicians and supporters of the 2016 PRISMA festival.  What you have developed in Powell River is unique and I am immensely proud to be a patron of this organization."


Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC
Honourary Patron of PRISMA

Thanks to our  Rattenbury sponsors:
Volunteer with PRISMA

With PRISMA 2016 less than a couple months away, we are recruiting for volunteers in any and all capacity for the festival.  Join a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers to create a memorable music festival June 13-25.

We need:
  • Drivers,
  • Ticket and Merchandise sellers,
  • Ushers, and
  • Miscellaneous support
Perks may include friends, fresh musical insights, access to concerts and a wonderful opportunity to contribute to your community.

Homestays Needed

2015 PRISMA students enjoying themselves at their homestay. These three are all returning for PRISMA 2016!

Interested in getting even more of the PRISMA experience? Consider volunteering to billet PRISMA students. Several of our students from past years echo the unique PRISMA atmosphere, thanks to the vibrant and engaged community here. Hear it from our 2015 Concerto Competition winner herself, who was billeted by our President and his wife:

"Among many other things, the residents of Powell River, BC were one of my favourite parts of the festival.  Just seeing the joy, excitement, and support that these people gave to the festival was amazing, and performances were made so much more enjoyable by the enthusiasm of the audiences."

Help PRISMA show its students the true spirit of Powell River and consider opening your home this season. For more details, including perks, get in touch with us.

Contact: or stop by the PRISMA office in the Mall.
Place an Ad in PRISMA's Souvenir Program

Distributed to tourists and local audience members alike, the PRISMA program is a great opportunity to showcase your business's tourist attraction or summer event. For a full list of options and prices, visit

Book before April 30th to ensure a spot in the program!

Broken Strings, Be Gone
New to PRISMA 2016: In-House Luthier, Laura Wallace

Several of our students are all too familiar with the troubles of broken strings and instrument malfunctions. This season, we're going to help solve them: with our very own in-house luthier.

Laura Wallace, of Wallace Violins, grew up as the daughter of a woodworker, watching the transformation of tree by hand and tool. She began playing the violin as a child and developed a deep love not only for the music, but also for the instrument itself. It was a natural fit to combine her love of woodworking and music by pursuing a career in violin making. After a brief detour earning a biology degree at the University of Victoria, she met Kim Tipper, a restorer and maker of violins renowned for his impeccable set-up and attention to detail. Laura became his full-time apprentice in 2006 and studied with Kim in all areas of violin repair, restoration, and bow rehairing. A few years into the apprenticeship, Laura began building her first violin. Now, she divides her time between restoring old violins and building new ones. She is inspired by the natural beauty outside her shop where she lives at the edge of the wilderness.

Laura will be available daily around lunchtime at PRISMA for consultations, complementary adjustments, and advice for instrument setup. Additionally, she will be doing instrument repairs and bow rehairing, and will offer students a 15% discount on new strings.

We are thrilled to have Laura join our ranks as a music lover and instrument devotee. For Laura, "violins are the most beautiful tools in the world - and they are tools - that happen to produce some of the most beautiful, heartbreaking music." Learn more about Laura and what she's working on at .
NEW! Sunshine Coast Symphony Tours Day Trip or Overnight
Make it a musical adventure  June 17/18
The Sunshine Coast is a dream destination for people looking for year round recreation, cultural experiences and unforgettable vacation experiences. Known as the pearl of the Sunshine Coast, Powell River is a friendly, welcoming community that is the epitome of 'coastal by nature'. 

Choose from:
Package 1 - Day Trip June 18 by AIR: $325
Package 2 - Overnight Trip June 17/18 by AIR: $445
- Return airfare 
- Accommodation (Overnight option only)
- Concert Tickets
- Shuttle Service
Optional activities before and after PRISMA concerts include Marine Park Boat Cruise, Zodiac Tour, Salmon Fishing, Golf or Museum Tour.

To make a reservation, visit for more information.

PRISMA's 2015 Annual Report

Interested in learning about where our organization is at?

Read the 2015 Annual Report on our website.
Pass sales and individual concert ticket sales for PRISMA 2016 are now live on our  website!

Stay tuned for repertoire announcements coming soon on our website.

Maestros in the Making:
 Arthur Arnold Visits Local Schools

Maestro Arnold visited all of the School District 47 elementary schools in Powell River, as well as the Powell River Christian School, to spread the love of music to budding musicians and fine music lovers. The next generation of PRISMA students are upon us!

High school students at Brooks Secondary were also treated to a preview of  Rattenbury.


School District 47 supports PRISMA both during the festival and year-round, in helping us attract a new generation of music students as a strong partner in music education. Thank you to the teachers and staff members who helped make these visits happen!

PRISMA is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.  Sponsorship recognition and benefits vary according to level.  For partnership inquiries, please contact


I hope you'll consider joining the PRISMA team as a volunteer this season!

Musically yours,

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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