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PRISMA takes place June 13 – 29, 2024, 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 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.

Our in-depth orchestral training program is designed to provide advanced students and young professionals with the essential tools to win a position in a professional orchestra. Masterclasses, workshops, private lessons, mock auditions, rehearsals, and performances bridge the education students receive at a university/conservatory and the professional life of an orchestra musician. 

Your PRISMA journey will begin with a three-day immersion in expertise in Vancouver with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, featuring mentorship from musicians of the VSO. From there, you will travel to Powell River, where internationally renowned artists from the world’s finest symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles will be on hand to teach, mentor, and perform as part of the PRISMA Festival.

Consider studying at PRISMA if you:

  • Are passionate about music
  • Want to raise your technical and musical skills to a higher level
  • Are interested in learning from and networking with guest artists and peers
  • Want to be part of a supportive and collaborative learning environment

Program and Guest Artists

PRISMA’s 2024 orchestra program will feature Bernstein’s Westside Story Symphonic Dances, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, and great masterworks by Ravel, Kodaly, Royer, Farkas, and more, charismatically led by artistic director Arthur Arnold, former music director and conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Our esteemed Guest Artists are principal players of some of the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, and more. Students will work with PRISMA guest artists on a daily basis.


PRISMA offers substantial full and partial scholarships. If you have completed the application to PRISMA and wish to be considered for a scholarship, please apply here.

The application deadline is February 29, 2024. 

Concerto Competition
PRISMA’s annual Concerto Competition provides young, talented instrumentalists with an opportunity to showcase their musical prowess. PRISMA’s 2024 Concerto Competition will be divided into two categories: Strings Category and Others Category (wind, brass, percussion). 

Participants who are selected from the Preselection Round will perform during the Competition Round with piano for a supportive audience, and the two winners will play solo with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra during the final two concerts.

The winner from each category will receive $1000 CAD, and one of the concerto competition participants will receive the Audience Favourite Award of $500 CAD

Conducting Program
Two students/assistant conductors will rehearse and conduct the concerto competition finals and get to work with the orchestra regularly in masterclasses and select rehearsals. To apply, follow the application procedure and select "Conducting" under “Program". 
(Scholarships are not available for this program)


Application Fees*:

  • $50 USD November 24, 2023 - December 31, 2023
  • $75 USD January 1, 2024 - February 29, 2024

*application fee is non-refundable

How to Apply:

  1. Create a free account on Acceptd or log in if you have an account.
  2. Choose the instrument/discipline from the "Select Program" dropdown to the left.
  3. Complete the online application form
  4. Submit your resume
  5. Submit the link to your audition video (YouTube links only, make sure the setting of your video is “public” or “unlisted”.)
  6. Please combine any separately-recorded excerpts into a single YouTube video.
  7. Pay the application fee.
  8. Click "Pay & Submit". Once you press send, you cannot go back into the application. Any additional materials can be sent to

Students will be notified by email no later than March 31, 2024, with the application results.

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