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PRISMA Schedule 2024

June 13-16, 2024, will take place in Vancouver, BC, the largest city in Western Canada.

June 17-29, 2024, will take place in Powell River, BC, an inspiring rural oasis.

PRISMA 2024 Daily Schedule in Vancouver (June 13-15)

Here is the approximate daily schedule for the PRISMA Festival 2024 during the stay in Vancouver

June 13 – PRISMA Festival 2024 first rehearsal at Orpheum Theatre

June 14 – 15, PRISMA Festival rehearsal at the University of British Columbia, then students will have the opportunity to explore British Columbia’s largest city while working with VSO musicians during daily sectional rehearsals, an audition training workshop, and a career coaching seminar

June 16 – travel to Powell River for a two-week orchestral intensive as part of the 2024 PRISMA Festival.

PRISMA 2024 Daily Schedule in Powell River (June 17-29)

Here is the approximate daily schedule for the PRISMA Festival (the schedule may vary). You will receive the detailed schedule one or two week(s) prior to the festival

09:00 – 12:15 Orchestra Rehearsal

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 17:45 Limelight concert/masterclass/sectional rehearsal/private class

17:45 – 18:30 Dinner

18:30 – 21:30 Concert/Concerto Competition/Workshop

Students will have a free day on the first week of Sunday

Individual practice rooms will open from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. You may practice if you have no schedule arranged during that time – each practice time is limited to one hour. Sign-up in advance is required each day.


PRISMA strives to be one of the world’s premier symphony orchestra academies by attracting music students of the highest merit. We recognize that doing so requires competitive tuition fees and ample scholarship opportunities to ensure that socio-economic barriers are not standing in the way of musical goals.

PRISMA has a substantial fund and offers full and partial scholarships, thanks to the commitment of our generous donors. Scholarships* are awarded on the basis of financial need, artistic merit, and the necessity of achieving the proper instrumental balance within the Festival Orchestra. Please click here to submit a request for financial assistance. (Note: the deadline is the same as our application deadline: February 29, 2024) – we won’t consider the scholarship application after that date.

*scholarship is not available for conducting program.

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Arrival Information

Students are required to arrive one day before the festival starts and leave one day after the festival ends.

For the PRISMA Festival 2024, students have to be in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on June 12, 2024, and leave Vancouver on June 30, 2024 (please choose the flight that departs at 2 PM onwards). For more details, please see the “Transportation to PRISMA.”

You can check your flight availability through the Google Flight website.


Travel to Canada

Regarding travel to Canada, please ensure that you complete a visitor visa or eTA requirements for entering Canada: 

  • This is the website to apply for an eTA: do not need to apply for an eTA if you need a visitor visa to enter Canada.

If you are bringing food, I thoroughly recommend you declare it. Dried kinds of seafood are allowed, and meat products are restricted. Please check restricted goods to enter Canada here.

Transportation to PRISMA

PRISMA 2024 (June 13-29, 2024) takes place in Vancouver and Powell River, British Columbia on the beautiful west coast of Canada – a stunning rural setting where the mountains meet the sea.

June 12, 2024 – students are required to arrive in Vancouver (YVR).

June 13-15, 2024, the festival activities will be in Vancouver, BC.

June 16, 2024, students are going to Powell River to join the rest of the Festival’s activities.

June 17-29, 2024, the festival activities will be in Powell River, BC.

June 30, 2024, students leave Powell River to Vancouver (YVR) and catch the connecting flights (domestic or international).


Get to know more about Powell River.

This gorgeous location, combined with strong community support, is what makes our festival truly one-of-a-kind in the world. Powell River is located on the Pacific Ocean in western Canada. It is located on British Columbia’s scenic Sunshine Coast, 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Vancouver. To learn more about this special community, click here

In your free time, you will have an opportunity to explore this area. Students can hike, kayak, swim or visit one of our many beaches. Click here for ideas.

PRISMA wishes to acknowledge the Tla’amin Nation, on whose ancestral territories we gather each summer for two weeks of inspiring music-making.


Getting Here

Powell River is located on mainland British Columbia, 124 km (77 miles) northwest

of Vancouver on the Upper Sunshine Coast. The city (population 14,000) lies east of Vancouver Island, just across the Strait of Georgia from the cities of Courtenay and Comox. Transportation options include car, bus and airplane. If you travel by bus or car you will need to take a ferry from the Vancouver area (Horseshoe Bay) or Vancouver Island (Little River). Planes leave from Vancouver International Airports (YVR) South Terminal. For travel information, click here.

Students will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and from Powell River. Because the flights and ferries are on a limited schedule, make sure you take travel time into consideration before booking any international or regional flights. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.


Travel to Powell River by Pacific Coastal

If you are taking a domestic flight (Pacific Coastal Airline), please note that the charter flight will depart from Pacific Coastal Airline – South Terminal, address: 4440 Cowley Crescent, Richmond, BC V7B 1B8.

How to get from YVR International Airport to South Terminal Airport? 

  • There is a shuttle bus to the South Terminal from YVR International Airport. Please find the information here. I attached the shuttle bus schedule in pdf with this email.
  • If you are in a rush, please take a taxi (12 mins) – see the image.
  • You are required to be at the South Terminal (Pacific Coastal Airline) 40-60 minutes before departure.
  • Upon arrival at Powell River Airport, volunteers will take you to the festival venue/hotel.

Festival Venue

One of the best parts about living in a smaller urban centre is that everything is nearby! PRISMA’s venue arrangements have been carefully planned to allow you to focus on your musical development and networking opportunities, while not missing a single second of scenery.

All of PRISMA’s festival sites are located in the heart of Powell River’s downtown district, boasting modern amenities amidst scenic beauty. The Evergreen Theatre at Powell River Recreation Complex is our main rehearsal and performance venue, located just a short walk from your hotel. From there, beaches, hiking trails and even shopping are just minutes away.

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 (address: 5001 Joyce Ave, Powell River, BC V8A 5R2). All venues are within walking distance of the hotel and each other.

The Evergreen Theatre

The Evergreen Theatre has been serving the city of Powell River since 1975 as its largest and most versatile performing arts facility. It is located within the Powell River Recreation Complex, which also includes two ice rinks, a pool, fitness centre, banquet facilities, and more. The 720-seat Evergreen Theatre plays host to all PRISMA rehearsals, masterclasses and evening concerts and is within convenient walking distance from the Town Centre Hotel. Other areas of the Complex are used for sectionals, rehearsals, meetings, and meals.has been serving the city  of Powell River since 1975 as its largest and most versatile performing arts facility. It is located within the Powell River Recreation Complex, which also includes two ice rinks, a pool, fitness centre, banquet facilities, and more. The 720-seat Evergreen Theatre plays host to all PRISMA rehearsals, masterclasses and evening concerts and is within convenient walking distance from the Town Centre Hotel. Other areas of the Complex are used for sectionals, rehearsals, meetings, and meals.


The Rotary Bandshell at Willingdon Beach Park

The Rotary Bandshell at Willingdon Beach Park is the site of our annual PRISMA on the Beach concert, which entertains thousands of music-lovers from Powell River and beyond. Located in the heart of the city, the park offers a campsite, wharf, fishing pier, playground, museum and other amenities overlooking gorgeous ocean views of the Strait of Georgia. A popup village of vendors and artists at the event will ensure that there are plenty of dining options to suit your tastes, and the opportunity to pick up a local souvenir or two!

Festival Accommodation

Place Vanier Residence

Place Vanier is one of the residence halls at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Residence halls at UBC generally provide various amenities to enhance the living experience for students. This may include common lounges, study spaces, laundry facilities, and recreational areas.

PRISMA students can access the orchestra rehearsal on June 14-15 at Old Auditorium Hall by walking for 3 minutes.

Place Vanier Front Desk

1935 Lower Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X1
Tel: 604.822.2642

Powell River Town Centre Hotel

Powell River Town Centre Hotelis conveniently located in the very heart of the city, near shopping, transportation, and business and recreation areas. It is also within walking distance from the Complex, where most PRISMA events and activities take place. Each room is 100% non-smoking and is equipped with air conditioning, a coffee maker, hair dryer, clock radio, TV, and free movie channels. On site you will also find a restaurant and pub, which is frequented by students and guest artists as one of the social hubs of PRISMA.

All students who select to have their accommodations 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. You can choose to stay with 3 or 2 in a room or choose your own room, subject to additional costs. Students who receive a full scholarship will stay at a homestay or with 3 in a room.

Please note 3 in a room packages are limited, first come, first serve.

Hotel address:

Powell River Town Center Hotel

4660 Joyce Ave, Powell River, BC V8A 3B6

(604) 485-3000

What to Bring to PRISMA

  1. You are expected to bring your instrument and auxiliary instruments (Piccolo, English Horn, Eb Clarinet.). Except for these instruments below:
    • 5 quality bases (please bring your own bow)
    • 2 Lyon & Healy concert grand harps (Style 85 and Chicago)
    • Contra Bassoon
    • There are limited opportunities to rent a quality cello if traveling with your own cello is difficult.
    • PRISMA provides all percussion instruments, but students may bring their own mallets.
    • PRISMA provides music stands.
  2. Please bring your printed music for individual practice and sectional rehearsal, as well as printed music for the chamber group.
  3. Please bring extra thicker clothes/sweaters/jackets just in case – as the weather keeps changing. It will be a cool summer in Powell River. The weather is approximate: high/low 20°/ 11° or 52°F to 68°F.
  4. The festival venue will be in the recreation complex, where they have a hot tub and pool; you may bring your swim gear if you are interested in getting into water activities (please note that admission is not free)
  5. Bring some cash with you (not too much) – especially during PRISMA on the beach (Saturday, June 17) there will be lots of food trucks, and you can only pay with cash.

Concert attire:

You will have several performances during PRISMA (symphony concerts, limelight concerts, masterclasses, and concerto competitions). Here is the suggested attire for you:

Symphonic concert:

Option 1: Black tux (no tails), white shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund, dress shoes, and black socks.

Option 2: Floor-length black skirt, black pants (no denim), or long black dress, closed-toed black dress shoes.

Limelight concert, masterclass:

Black shirt and black pants. You can also discuss the dress code with your chamber group.

Concerto Competition:

This is your choice – please wear something formal. Be prepared for the dress (for women) if you are admitted to the final round.

Meals during the Festival

PRISMA offers daily lunch and dinner service during weekdays (Monday – Friday) and on the final Saturday. (Students will be expected to make their own meal arrangements during the middle weekend of PRISMA.) Meals are served at the Recreation Complex, where the concert hall is located. All students are encouraged to participate in the meal plan as it corresponds with the rehearsal and lesson schedule. A reputable caterer provides healthy, wholesome meals. For the costs of the meal plan, see:

PRISMA can accommodate your special requirements as long as you let us know ahead of time. When you prepare 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.

If you book your own accommodation, you may still participate in the meal plan. Please let us know in advance if you plan to do so.

Breakfast is not included in the meal package. You can choose to order your breakfast from the menu at the Garden Court Restaurant in the hotel lobby. The hotel provides PRISMA students with a discount on their breakfasts. There are other breakfast options adjacent to the hotel, such as Tim Hortons, A&W, Starbucks, Subway, and McDonalds.

PRISMA 2024 Orchestra Repertoire*

Week 1

• Bernstein – Westside Story Symphonic Dances
• Ravel– Bolero
• Kodaly- Dances of Galanta
Farkas – Romanian Dances from Bihar
• Royer – Rhapsody Concerto

PRISMA on the Beach


Week 2

• Concerto Competition 1
• Concerto Competition 2
• Mahler – Symphony No. 5

*repertoire subject to change

Sheet Music

You will receive your music ahead of time in digital form and are expected to print the music, bring it with you, 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.

Concerto Competition

PRISMA’s annual Concerto Competition provides young, talented instrumentalists with an opportunity to showcase their musical prowess.
PRISMA 2024 Concerto Competition will be divided into two categories: a Strings Category, which includes violin, viola, cello, double bass, and harp, and Others Category, which includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and percussion.

Ten participants will be selected from the Preselection round and will perform with piano accompaniment during the Competition Round for a supportive audience.
Both categories will have a winner who will be a soloist with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra during the final two concerts.
The winner from each category will receive a prize of $1000 CAD and will be invited back to next year’s PRISMA on a full scholarship.
The winner of the Audience Favourite Award will receive a prize of $500 CAD.
To view the Competition rules, please visit this page.

Luthier in Town

Luthier Laura Wallace will be present daily at PRISMA around lunch time for consultation, and for complimentary adjustments and advice for your instrument setup. In addition, repairs and bow rehairing can be done. Students will receive a 15% discount on strings.

For more information about Laura, please visit her website.

Canada Visa Information

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.

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

We encourage you to apply as soon as you can as processing times take long. We want you to have your visa in time!