PRISMA stands for Pacific Region International Summer Music Association. Since the very first PRISMA Festival held in 2013, our organization has mentored over 500 students from 32 countries. Some have gone on to win principal positions in professional orchestras around the world; others enjoy busy careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and instructors. Many attend our PRISMA Academy on a full scholarship, thanks to the incredible generosity of Musical Merit Fund donors.

We aim for PRISMA to be the classical music festival of choice for professional musicians, high-quality students, and diverse audiences. Our collaborative environment nurtures both professional development and community engagement.

Powell River’s scenic location, combined with strong local support, is what makes the PRISMA Festival truly one-of-a-kind in the world. Enjoy daily musical events including orchestra and chamber music performances, masterclasses and limelight concerts – all open to the public. Or, check out the popular Sail to the Symphony tour package for Vancouver Island visitors, and our free, family-friendly PRISMA on the Beach celebration, which attracts thousands annually.

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

Edwin Sungpil Kim

Guest Artist/Faculty

“PRISMA is unique in a way that it really concentrates on orchestral experience for the students. The vibe is laid-back yet always busy, which is a good balance for students to prepare for the next stages in their lives. Also, the wall between teachers and students is very low – almost non-existent. Beyond knowledge, there is a lot to pass on that is important in life and as a human being, and PRISMA is particularly nurturing in this aspect.”

Nicholas Simons

MLA, Powell River-Sunshine Coast

“Bringing musicians to Powell River from all corners of the world makes not just Powell River, but the world, a better place. PRISMA adds an extra dimension to the already well-rounded cultural scene of the Powell River Region, and demonstrates what a small, isolated community can accomplish.”

Shannon Fitzhenry

Peabody Institute

“The residents of Powell River, BC were one of my favourite parts of the festival. Just seeing the joy, excitement, and support that these people gave to the festival was amazing, and performances were made so much more enjoyable by the enthusiasm of the audiences.”