What We Offer
PRISMA offers a large variety of concerts, from symphony performances to intimate chamber music. Students and guest artists play recitals, solo and chamber music selections.
PRISMA also hosts a free outdoor community event known as PRISMA on the Beach, featuring food, local crafts and of course, performances by the PRISMA Festival Orchestra, all overlooking the beautiful Salish sea.
All students play in the PRISMA Festival Orchestra conducted by Arthur Arnold, Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
Two full symphony programs provide players with a broad experience in orchestral playing and musical interpretation.
All accepted PRISMA students may take part in our Concerto Competition. The two finalists perform with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra at the gala closing concert.
The prize is an opportunity to play internationally with an Orchestra (soon to be decided), awarded to the winner of the competition as judged by the international jury.
Preparation for a successful orchestra audition is an important aspect of the PRISMA program. Students play a live audition behind a screen and also have an opportunity to sit on the jury panel. The guest artists, consisting of musicians who have principal positions in world-renowned orchestras, train students in excerpt classes, private lessons and masterclasses to become more comfortable with the process of auditioning.
Far more important than the specific result of an audition will be the experience of auditioning itself. Being a member of the jury will give students the opportunity to experience the other side, which will improve their own presentation/performance in future auditions. Students should prepare 3 to 5 standard excerpts prior to PRISMA.
Masterclasses & Private Lessons
Students play solo pieces and listen to their colleagues play during public masterclasses. PRISMA participants receive dedicated support through one-on-one lessons with their Guest Artist instructors. In the private lessons, students work on selected repertoire, concertos and orchestral excerpts.
The sectional rehearsals at PRISMA are unique. All Guest Artists of an orchestra section are present at the rehearsal and address the instrument-specific challenges directly with the students in their section.
This provides you with an opportunity to ask any instrument-specific questions you may have, in a supportive and engaging environment.
Making a Life as a Musician
PRISMA offers students increased professional development and life coaching geared and focused on maintaining personal well-being as a professional musician. Join one of our guest artists for a round table discussions focused on a particular topic:
- Workplace Ethics: Staying Healthy and Passionate about Music
- Balancing career and family
- Diversification: Managing a many-faceted career
- Working with Nerves and Stage Fright
- Strategies for Effective Practice
- Being a Leader
- Solo Competitions: Why, How & Which Ones
- The Union/AFM negotiations for contract renewal
- Professional Etiquette in an Orchestra
Orchestra conductors can apply to study at PRISMA with Maestro Arthur Arnold, assist with rehearsals and have opportunities to lead the PRISMA Festival Orchestra. Successful applicants will conduct sectional rehearsals (woodwinds and brass) and lead the full orchestra in front of an audience during our public conducting masterclass. Occasionally, you will be invited to conduct during the main orchestra rehearsals, with feedback provided by Maestro Arnold, and you will also get to rehearse and perform a movement from a concerto, chosen by our Concerto Competition finalists during the second-week symphony concerts.
Interested students may choose to be assigned to chamber music groups and be mentored by Guest Artists. Performance opportunities, like the Limelight Concerts, will be in the schedule.
Limelight Concerts bring students and guest artists together to perform solo or chamber music works for afternoon audiences.
Student String Quartet in Residence
NEW FOR 2020! The Quartet in Residence will receive coaching from guest artists and be given performance opportunities. In addition, the group will rehearse and perform with the festival orchestra.
Arrangements for the quartet to do a paid performances are in the works. May require additional dates in British Columbia previous to and following PRISMA
Full scholarships are available for each member.
Consider bringing your quartet to PRISMA!