Key Personnel

Music Director - Arthur Arnold

Arthur Arnold is Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and a guest conductor at many well known European, Asian and North American orchestras. He has been described as “one of the rare conductors who not only possesses a flawless technique, but also inspires the orchestra, giving the individual musicians creative freedom”.

Mr. Arnold has established a reputation for sincere musical interpretations, dynamic performances and the ability to communicate with audiences. In his native Holland, he conducted the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, North Netherlands Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Opera Minora and the Nieuw Ensemble. 



Development & Marketing Lead - Rachel Rocco

Rachel began work in the music industry in the 80’s on a summer student grant with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Since then she spent many years bringing wide ranging cultural events to life in many parts of Canada. She believes that a thriving artistic and cultural life is vital to community wellbeing.
As a recent newcomer to Powell River she was pleased and surprised to find PRISMA, an international classical music festival in the woods. She looks forward to getting some classical music education while spreading the word and building partnerships for PRISMA.



Operations Lead - Kim Barton Bridges

Kim, her husband and three daughters moved to Powell River in 1998 from Vancouver. Their youngest daughter started university last year, so while they are officially empty-nesters, they remain at the beck and call of their three furry kids. Her volunteer pursuits include positions with the PR Hospice Society and the BC Ferries Advisory Committee for our region. She loves the quiet, coastal lifestyle and the various arts and cultural events for which this community has earned a solid reputation.





Communications & Marketing Specialist - Andy Rice

Born and raised in Powell River, Andy now works as an arts administrator-at-large, juggling his time between

Vancouver, Powell River and various Canadian cities through his work with the British Columbia Choral Federation, Canadian Chamber Choir, Townsite Jazz Festival and more!





Volunteer Coordinator - Lynda Harris

Lynda Harris’s career life began in Toronto where she was assistant principal cellist with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and principal cellist with the COC Touring Company in the mid 1970s.  Moving into teaching, she directed a school string program in Alberta for 4 years.  Since 1987 she has taught in a number of schools in Powell River as well as providing cello instruction in her home. She is delighted to now have the time to support and promote PRISMA in an active way.

Operations Support - Sean Hawryluk

Sean comes from the Rock n Roll world by way of the Heavy Metal Highway. He immigrated to Classical Land to lend his unique blend of friendly personal skills, a willingness to move heavy objects and his years of experience driving a big tour van to the PRISMA team.





Box Office Coordinator - Crista Whyte

Crista grew up in Powell River, spending her childhood in a little family-owned pet shop called Animal World. She moved on to Vancouver Island and the Okanagan, before finally returning home in 2011. Her extensive retail background includes managerial positions at Whole Foods Market and Indigo Books & Music, and she first joined PRISMA for the 2017 season. In her free time, Crista can be found adventuring the coastline with her two Aussies, Sidney and Tug.



Finance Manager - Kim Stokes

Kim began her career as a bookkeeper in the 1990’s working for her own company. She started working in an accounting firm in 2000, and over the past 18 years, has provided financial services to numerous corporate, individual and charitable clients. Kim has a knack for designing bookkeeping systems to suit the particular organization, and loves to explore ways to make finance more understandable for everyone; she has even been accused of being passionate about it! Kim splits her time between Canada and the Netherlands and writes about her adventures in her travel-blog, Waking Up on the Roof





Member Liaison - Sharon Thomas

Sharon Thomas taught chemistry to high school students for several years. After obtaining a Ph.D., she worked as a research scientist in both the USA and Canada. Her administrative experience stems from her role as managing director of a pan-Canadian scientific research network. She has been an avid supporter of PRISMA since its inception.






Graphic Design - Nancy de Brouwer

Nancy deBrouwer worked as the Art Director for National Geographic in the Netherlands, prior to coming to Canada where she is the owner and creative director of Massive Graphic. With 20 years of experience, she has a reputation for excellent graphic and web design solutions and an approach that encourages open, collaborative, and respectful partnerships with clients. Nancy is responsible for all graphic design and the development of the PRISMA brand.