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"I think that's one of my favourite parts of the festival... seeing the community come together."

2013 PRISMA Student
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Bravo, Powell River, for an incredible first year of PRISMA!

We are so fortunate to have been joined by world-class faculty members, hardworking students, committed volunteers, dedicated organizers and, of course, such enthusiastic and generous audiences. PRISMA is yet another tribute to Powell River's capabilities as the little town that could.
The concerts were magnificent, the masterclasses engaging and the student recitals inspiring. Fortunately, we can all experience this again next year!
It has been a pleasure writing these newsletters and I am so grateful to have become involved with PRISMA. The concerts I have seen were breathtaking and I cannot wait for more next year. I hope you have enjoyed reading and that this past season of the festival has you excited for PRISMA 2014. 
In this final edition of the newsletter for this season, PRISMA thanks the donors, sponsors and partners who made the program a possibility. We wrap up the guest artist bios with the final four faculty members and include a short video clip of the highlights of this season.


PRISMA could not have happened without the help of our generous donors, sponsors and partners:



Doreen Berrington & Lee Coulter

Frank & Margaret Greenwood

Dr. Ashok Varma



Arthur Arnold

Brian Balfe

Bryce & Kim Code

Dr. Pierre du Plessis

Dan & Heather Dyble

Lynda Harris

Charlie Kregel & Lisa Strickland-Clark

CarolAnn Leishman

Myrna Leishman

David & Janet May

Denise Reinhardt & Paul Schachter

Kim Stokes

Lorraine & Terry Stokes

Gordon Thompson





Dave Formosa Holdings

Lamont & Company

Laughing Oyster

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

Lund Hotel

Massulo Motors

Powell River Community Band

Powell River Healthworks

Powell River Regional Economic Development Society

Ross Cooper Real Estate

Terracentric Coastal Adventures

Tourism Powell River



Breakwater Books

Career Link

First Credit Union

Inphoto - Paul Galinski

Massive Graphic

Peak Publishing

Pinch & Reid Licensed Professional Accountants

Powell River Arts Council

Powell River Healthworks

Powell River Town Centre Mall

Raven Events

TV That's Powell River

Wind Spirit Gallery/Jitterbug Naay



Beach Gardens Resort & Marina

Pacific Coastal Airlines



RBC Emerging Artists Project

School District 47



The City of Powell River

Powell River Regional District

RBC Dominion Securities - Balfe/Somers Wealth Management



PRISMA also extends its thanks to the many friends of the program who have graciously supported the symphony this season.

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Watch the videos:
Highlights PRISMA 2013
Highlights PRISMA 2013
PRISMA Presents: A Celebration of the Senses
PRISMA Presents: A Celebration of the Senses


Herbert Greenberg
Herbert Greenberg's musical career began in his birthplace of Philadelphia and continued at Indiana State University. 
Greenberg has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and, from 1981 to 2001, Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was also the first American asked to serve as Concertmaster for Japan Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra. Greenberg has served as String Chair and is a member of the violin faculty at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory.
Greenberg has collaborated as a soloist with many of the leading conductors of the world. Many of his performances have been broadcasted on NPR and he was featured in Strauss's Ein Heldenleben on national television for the opening concert at Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore.
Greenberg performs on the 1685 Jean Becker Stradivarius.
During the first week of PRISMA, Greenberg performed in the Faculty Chamber Music Concert on June 21.


Click on his photo to see more of Herbert's accomplishments.

Andrew Wan


One of the youngest leaders of a major symphony, Andrew Wan is Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Having received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music at The Juilliard School, he was the only violinist to be accepted into Juilliard's esteemed Artist Diploma Program in 2008.
Wan is also a winner of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. Some of Wan's music releases, on the Onyx, Bridge and Naxos labels, have been nominated for Grammy and Juno awards.
He has appeared as a guest artist and faculty member at the St. Prex, Seattle Chamber, Edinburgh, Olympic, Agassiz, La Jolla, Aspen and Orford Music Festivals. Wan is currently on faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. 
Wan performs on a 1744 Michel'Angelo Bergonzi violin on loan from the David Sela Foundation. 
During the second week of PRISMA, Wan led a Strings Masterclass with fellow strings guest artists and performed in the Faculty Chamber Music Concert on June 26.

Click on his photo to see more of Andrew's accomplishments.


Paul Beauchesne
Having performed across Canada and the United States, Paul Beauchesne has been Principal Tuba of the Victoria Symphony since 2004. He is also a founding member of the Beacon Hill Brass Quintet and serves on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

His first orchestral position was with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. Since then, Beauchesne has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Beauchesne's skill extends beyond performance as he is an active clinician and adjudicator.
During PRISMA, Beauchesne performed in both Faculty Chamber Music Concerts on June 21 and 26.

Click on his photo to see more of Paul's accomplishments.


Eric Hominick
Born in Nova Scotia, Eric Hominick has studied across Canada. At the Toronto Conservatory he studied piano and at Dalhousie University he studied piano and voice. In 1983 he moved to Vancouver to join the music faculty at Vancouver Community College and began an eleven-year professional singing career with the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Having worked with many of Vancouver's choral ensembles, singers, instrumentalists, voice studios and music institutions, Hominick is a very experienced recital, workshop, audition and rehearsal pianist. 
He runs a piano and voice studio in Vancouver and freelances as an accompanist, arranger, adjudicator, baritone soloist and vocal coach. 
In addition, Hominick has been a Broadway rehearsal and show pianist, cruise ship entertainer and cocktail pianist. As a singer, he has experience at weddings, background vocal sessions and professional singing engagements. 
During PRISMA, Hominick accompanied when needed during masterclasses, student recitals and performances.

Click on his photo to see more of Eric's accomplishments.
Next Season  
News Flash! PRISMA will be back for 2014 ... and so will our extraordinary violin soloist Soyoung Yoon. Maestro Arthur Arnold may have had to persuade Ms. Yoon to come to Powell River for this season but Powell River convinced her to return for 2014. Specifically, the excellent musical experience at PRISMA, our beautiful setting, the committed and talented faculty, the advanced students and, of course, the enthusiastic audiences inspired Ms. Yoon to participate in PRISMA again next year. We are, of course, pleased and delighted, but is Ms. Yoon excited to be returning? Judge that for yourself - she already has her airplane ticket to Powell River for June 2014.

Audiences and Students Give High Marks to PRISMA
95% of the audience members who filled out feedback forms judged the Chamber Music Concerts as "excellent." The Symphony Concerts received a 93% "excellent" rating. We know that you can't please everyone, but it is definitely gratifying that the remaining audience members thought the concerts worthy of a "very good" rating. We also received a number of constructive suggestions, such as improving the sound for the masterclasses and providing more information about the student musicians. We will use your feedback to make improvements and introduce new innovations for next year. We'd like to share some of the positive comments from the audience:
"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."
"Best year for the symphony in Powell River."
"Most inspiring ... such a human/artistic event."
"Excellent quality of concert performances - very polished. Complicated pieces were not avoided. So good to see such a high level of community support."
"Slowly coming down from two weeks of delight! Path�tique has been a favourite since my twenties; I've never heard it live before. What a gift! Thank you!!!"
"Thank you so much to EVERYONE for bringing us such a wonderful program."
The audience loved the addition of the masterclasses to the program this year. The excitement grew day-by-day just from word of mouth. The last masterclasses drew over 150 people apiece to observe the students play, learn and improve before our very eyes. Your comments tell the story:
"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."
"I am a dummy when it comes to classical composers ... the masterclasses helped increase my knowledge."
"The masterclasses were a great addition to the program."
"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!"

Powell River is grateful for the student musicians who work hard to perform at a high, professional level during the concerts at the same time as they are working to improve their skills. It's nice to know that the students appreciate Powell River and PRISMA, too. Here are a few representative comments:
"The musical experience was amazing. I have never played in such a good orchestra before. In addition to the music, the social experience was also good. I enjoyed meeting fellow students from around the world."
"I have loved it so much here! It has changed my life for the better and I'm so sad to be going home."
"A memorable PRISMA moment for me was playing outside (in the rain) at Willingdon Beach."
"I had a great learning experience. Great section. Great instructors ... What more could you ask for?"
"All faculty excellent - so wise and willing to give help and info."
"PRISMA was great. I learned a lot, met awesome musicians and just had an incredible experience."
"I loved every minute."
We're excited to relive this PRISMA experience in an even better way with you next season!
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It has been a pleasure writing for you. I look forward to seeing you next season!


Sarah Barton-Bridges

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