Are you an advanced musician looking to develop your skills and prepare for a position in a professional orchestra?

Unleash your passion at PRISMA this summer under the baton of artistic director Arthur Arnold, surrounded by internationally renowned guest artists and overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Join us June 13-29, 2024, in Vancouver and Powell River, British Columbia – on the beautiful west coast of Canada – a stunning rural setting where the mountains meet the sea.

The PRISMA Festival & Academy offers an in-depth orchestral training program that provides you with the essential tools to win a position in a professional orchestra.

Your PRISMA 2024 journey will begin with a three-day immersion in expertise in Vancouver with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, featuring mentorship from musicians of the VSO. From there, you will travel to Powell River, where internationally renowned artists from the world’s finest symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles will be on hand to teach, mentor, and perform as part of the PRISMA Festival.

In a supportive learning environment, you’ll be performing orchestral masterworks alongside 80 of your peers. This year’s repertoire includes masterworks by Bernstein, Mahler, Ravel, Kodaly, Royer, Farkas, and more.

Over 5,000 concertgoers attend the annual PRISMA Festival in Powell River, British Columbia, which features daily musical events, symphony and chamber music concerts, masterclasses, and recitals.

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Megan Chartier

Cello Alumna (University of Michigan)

“There isn’t a festival out there like PRISMA when it comes to audition preparation and orchestral performance. As a freelance and auditioning orchestral cellist, I was looking for a high-level program that would boost my excerpt chops. With the help from Maestro Arnold and the high level of the orchestra, I left with not only the confidence to pursue my upcoming audition season, but also with the tools to perform on a new level of sensitivity and professionalism in an orchestra.”

Noemi Sallai

Clarinet Alumna — The Juilliard School of Music

I heard about PRISMA from my friend. We both go to Juilliard. I wanted to go somewhere where I could play a lot in the orchestra, and develop my orchestra playing skills. I’m really enjoying it and PRISMA helped me a lot. The orchestra is great. Every day, from morning to evening, it’s all about music, and I love it. I recommend it to everyone.

Chance Trottman-Huiet

Tuba Alumnus (Michigan State University, Principal Tuba Fort Wayne Philharmonic)

“I can’t say enough good things about PRISMA.  It was one of the most inspiring times of my life.  I expected to play some great music, but I didn’t expect the overwhelming feeling of connection and raw emotion performing with Maestro Arnold and the friends with whom I became very close.  It was such a unique experience.  It was in many ways the most enjoyable two weeks I’ve had in a very long time.”