PRISMA Festival & Academy typically features 80 pre-professional musicians from all over the globe to form a symphony orchestra guided by 20 guest artists from the world’s finest orchestras. For two weeks every June, there are daily musical events including orchestra and chamber music concerts, masterclasses and limelight concerts. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, PRISMA has gone digital for 2021, welcoming you online to witness the immense talents of their students and guest artists up close daily in the virtual classroom and concert hall – June 14 to 27.
- Performance Coaching
- Zoom Lessons
- Mentorship Sessions
- Pop-Up Performances
- Livestream Concerts
Making a Life as a Musician events, supported by Creative BC, take place on June 16 and 26. There are two sessions of Making a Life as A Musician. The first one took place in Victoria led by the Lafayette String Quartet members Wednesday June 16th 14:30 to 17:45 and the second session Saturday June 26th 11-12:30 from Powell River led by Brian Yoon, Terence Tam. Watch highlights from the Making a Life as a Musician series in PRISMA’s weekly variety show, PRISMA on the Couch, airing online starting July 23 and featuring engaging interviews, behind-the-scenes content and archival footage of the PRISMA Festival Orchestra.
Since the very first PRISMA Festival held in 2013, the 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. PRISMA features a collaborative environment, which nurtures both professional development and community engagement.