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Applying to PRISMA

You can apply for PRISMA via Acceptd, the online application tool.

Applications close on February 29, 2020. A list of important academic dates are as follows:

  • November 1st, 2019: Opening date for applications
  • February 29, 2020: Applications close
  • April 30, 2019: Balance of application fees due. (Deposits are due 7 days after acceptance.)
  • June 15-27, 2020: PRISMA Festival

Click here to view our suggested audition repertoire for each instrument.  Please note that you may also use another audition video that you have already prepared, as long as it includes orchestra excerpts.

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance [or waitlist status] by March 31, 2020.

Once you receive your acceptance letter, you will have seven days to notify us of your acceptance and pay your tuition deposit. You must pay your deposit to secure your place at PRISMA.

Concerto Competition

All students accepted at PRISMA can take part in the Concerto Competition. Up to twelve students will make it to the semifinals and will perform their selected piece with piano accompaniment in front of an audience and an international jury of guest artists  The two finalists will be soloists with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra in (a movement of) a solo concerto or solo piece during a symphony concert.

In order to enter, you must specify on your PRISMA application that you are interested in participating in the competition. You must select a movement of a concerto or a solo piece that requires orchestra accompaniment and does not exceed 15 minutes in length.

In order to participate in the preliminary round of the competition, you must provide us with a YouTube link to an unedited video of your piece before April 16, 2020.

Once your submission has been received, it will be reviewed by the judging panel. Semi-finalists will be announced prior to the start of PRISMA. The semi-final round will take place during PRISMA and is open to the public. Piano accompaniment will be available for the semi-final round.

If you are selected for the semi-final round, ensure that you bring the sheet music for the full orchestra with you. This is in case you are selected for the finals. PRISMA will not supply the music for the orchestra for your piece, so it is important that you are fully prepared. This is also something to consider before selecting the piece you will use to compete. You can find pieces that are past copyright here.


In addition to your application fee, you will pay for your program fees, and, if you so choose, your meals and accommodations. For more information about PRISMA’s fees, click here.

Within 7 days of acceptance, you must pay a deposit to secure your place at PRISMA. The balance of your fees will be due by April 30, 2020. If you receive late admission (after April 20), the balance will be due within 7 days of your being notified of acceptance. Failure to pay your fees on time may result in the loss of your place at PRISMA.

No. In addition to your fees, you will be responsible for paying for and arranging your own travel to and from Powell River, BC, Canada. Information about how to get to Powell River can be found here.

One of the core goals of PRISMA is to be accessible and welcoming to the most talented students regardless of financial means. As a relatively young institution we are still in the process of building the endowment that will allow us to fully realize this goal; however, we do set aside funds every year to assist students who might otherwise be unable to attend. This assistance takes two forms:

1. All students who are accepted into the program will receive a ‘half fellowship’, bringing the tuition cost down.

2.  We also award a limited number of scholarships, covering tuition, tuition and meals, or tuition and full board. Click here to learn more.

Travelling to Powell River

Powell River is located on British Columbia’s scenic Sunshine Coast, 124 km northwest of Vancouver.

Powell River is accessible by car, bus and airplane. For travel information, click here.

Preparing to Attend PRISMA

All students have to practice the repertoire in advance and come fully prepared. There is only one week to prepare for each concert. Also, prepare a minimum of five (5) standard excerpts you want to work on during classes. Preparation of more excerpts is advised.

If you have any questions that are not answered by the website or informational emails, ask us so that we can provide what you need to know.

Canada requires visas from certain countries. To find out if you require a visa, click here to search for your country and the necessary requirements. For additional visa information, click here.

PRISMA will provide a letter for you to submit with your visa application. To request a visa letter, please send us an email.

It may take up to 60 days for your visa application to be processed. We recommend contacting your visa office as soon as possible to determine processing times and the requirements you must meet to receive a visa.

Information about the concert repertoire can be found here.

Yes, you will receive your music ahead of time in digital form, and are expected to print the sheets, pack them and arrive at PRISMA fully prepared to begin orchestra rehearsals immediately. As PRISMA has a very intense schedule, it is important to be well prepared before arrival.

Accomodations & Meals

All students who elect to have their accommodations and meals provided by PRISMA will be staying at the first-class Town Centre Hotel, which is located a short walk from concert and rehearsal spaces and local amenities.

Yes, PRISMA can accommodate your special requirements, as long as you let us know ahead of time. When you are preparing to attend PRISMA, you will receive an email asking if you have any special requirements, and it is important to let us know as early as possible so that we can make suitable arrangements for you.

No. If you choose to book your own accommodations and only pay for your tuition, you will need to provide your own meals.

What to Expect at PRISMA

You can learn more about what PRISMA offers here, once accepted you will be receiving your full schedule.

Students will have some time to practice, and limited practice space will be available upon request, subject to availability.

PRISMA has several venues for rehearsals, concerts, and lessons. All major concerts will take place at the Evergreen Theatre at the Powell River Recreation Complex. All venues are within walking distance of the hotel and each other. Click here to learn more about them.