Fees & Scholarships
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. Below, you will find more information on our fees for 2020, as well as a list of scholarship opportunities that may be applicable to you.
$25 USD Flash Discount of 72 hours (November 1 – 3)
$50 USD (November 4 – December 31)
$75 USD (January 1 – February 29)
PRISMA Program Fee: $795 CAD*
Includes all orchestra rehearsals and performances, private lessons and masterclasses, student recitals, our audition training workshop and access to all concerts.
PRISMA Housing & Meals: $1195 CAD
Includes hotel accommodations, breakfast at hotel (all days), catered lunch and dinner.
Housing is based on 3 students sharing a hotel room. Also included is transportation to and from the Powell River airport, bus station and/or Westview Ferry Terminal on arrival and departure. Double or single rooms are available for an additional fee. Lunch and dinner will be provided by a high-quality caterer, covering 10 lunches and 10 dinners at the festival site.
Transportation to and from Powell River is not included in the packages. Packages must be paid in Canadian dollars.
The application fee is required by all applicants. It is non-refundable and not applicable towards other PRISMA fees.
The application fee is paid in US dollars to Acceptd.
*All accepted students will automatically receive the PRISMA Half Fellowship, which reduces the tuition fee from $1590 to $795.
Musical Merit Scholarship Fund
PRISMA has a substantial fund of over $60,000 for full and partial scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, artistic merit, and the necessity of achieving the proper instrumental balance within the Festival Orchestra. Students who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete the application on Acceptd first. A link to the scholarship application form will be provided at that time.
Note: Part of your scholarship may be in the form of a homestay with a reputable local family that has offered to host PRISMA students.
Scholarships are not currently available for conducting students.
PRISMA Half Fellowship
All accepted students will receive the PRISMA Half Fellowship, which reduces the program fee from $1590 to $795.
Rotary Symphony Support Program
Using Rotary’s worldwide network, the Rotary Clubs of Powell River help music students access financial support from their local Rotary Clubs to attend PRISMA. Rotary strongly urges you to begin this process immediately after submitting your application to PRISMA, in order to receive a decision before the final due date for tuition fees.
Below are the steps for requesting assistance from Rotary to attend PRISMA:
- Determine the Rotary Club closest to you via this link.
- Provide PRISMA with the nearest club information via this link.
- The Rotary Clubs of Powell River will provide a letter (email) of support to the club president of your local Rotary Club, stating that you (the student) will be making contact. A copy of the letter will be sent to you.
- After receiving this letter, contact the club president and inquire about possible assistance to attend PRISMA. It is recommended that you offer to perform for the club members at one of their meetings.
For other sources of support contact your university or your local arts council. Upon request, PRISMA can provide a letter of recommendation.
Some schools also provide assistance for students to attend summer programs. Check with your school to see what options are available.