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Meet the people who make PRISMA happen! Our academy and festival are organized by a dedicated team of staff, board members and volunteers. Many of these talented individuals have been with the festival since its inception in 2012.

Arthur Arnold

Arthur Arnold

Artistic Director

Dutch born conductor Arthur Arnold, Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, is known for his captivating performances as a popular, guest conductor with symphony orchestras around the world. As newly minted Canadian, Arthur has made his home in Powell River, and is the force behind bringing this globally extraordinary caliber of performance to our community.

Since 2013, under his baton, over seven hundred of the finest pre-professional, young classical musicians, including conducting students, have performed as part of the PRISMA Festival Orchestra. Arthur’s natural ability to lead, inspire and motivate aspiring musicians by creating a collaborative, supportive environment allows students to access their greatest potential. As an educator, Arthur challenges students to source their own passion and emotion and creates performances that rise above the ordinary.

"Arthur Arnold is one of the rare conductors who not only possesses a flawless technique, but also inspires the orchestra, giving the individual musicians creative freedom.” Shalom News Moscow

Misty Oakes

Misty Oakes

Operations & Engagement Director

Misty is an event manager, arts administrator and theatre artist from the west coast. Her work history is an interplay between various cultural experiences in planning, programming, producing and publicizing special events in the both the arts and social profit sectors in BC and Alberta including: music, visual arts, film and TV, performing arts and live theatre. She looks forward to sharing energy with the PRISMA team and will be delighted to contribute to the delivery of the enlightening and transcending performances of the future.
E-mail: operationsdirector@prismafestival.com

Kim Stokes

Kim Stokes

Finance Director

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.
E-mail: kstokes@prismafestival.com

Andy Rice

Andy Rice

Marketing & Multimedia Director

Born and raised in Powell River, Andy's lifelong passion for music led him toward a Bachelor of Music degree from Capilano University in 2012. After several years gathering 'street smarts' as an educator, newspaper publisher and touring musician he's become in demand as an arts administrator, juggling his time between Vancouver, Powell River and various Canadian cities through his work with PRISMA, the British Columbia Choral Federation, Canadian Chamber Choir, Townsite Jazz Festival and more!
E-mail: publicity@prismafestival.com

Rachel Rocco

Rachel Rocco

Development Manager

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.
E-mail: development@prismafestival.com

Kim Barton Bridges

Kim Barton Bridges

Community Outreach Manager

Kim is an experienced project manager and event planner. She started with PRISMA as their events coordinator in 2015, growing the festival's celebrated PRISMA on the Beach event into what it is today. Since 2018, she has been the Festival's Operations Director. Kim also serves as the President of the Powell River Hospice Society, Chair of the Northern Sunshine Coast BC Ferries Advisory Committee, and an active volunteer with the Powell River Film Festival. In her free time, she enjoys walking in the local trails with her husband and three dogs. She loves Powell River's quiet, coastal lifestyle and the various arts and cultural events for which this community has earned a solid reputation.
E-mail: outreach@prismafestival.com

Tanja Wittberger

Tanja Wittberger

Membership Manager

Born and raised in Austria, music has always been a big part of Tanja’s life. Becoming a part of PRISMA and connecting with people through sharing the same passion for music is a unique opportunity. After starting out in the education sector, her love for travelling finally brought Tanja to Canada where she worked as an adventure tour guide in the Rocky Mountains and on Vancouver Island. Finding a home here in Powell River gives her the chance to use her experience in customer service and work alongside amazing people in order to create an unforgettable experience for PRISMA's members and students alike.
E-mail: membership@prismafestival.com

Lynda Harris

Lynda Harris

Admissions Manager

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.
Email: admissions@prismafestival.com

Sandy Cumberland

Sandy Cumberland

Production Manager

Sandy is thrilled to be back at PRISMA and in beautiful Powell River. Her career has spanned over 30 years and every province in the country. From her early days in the dance world (Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Judith Marcuse Dance Company, Universal Ballet of Seoul, Korea) through a stretch of freelance work (Theatre Passe Muraille, Muskoka Festival, Stratford Festival) to many years with Pacific Opera Victoria, she has enjoyed a diverse and exciting career in stage management. She is also author of the novel “Circling Butterfly” which was published this year and is available on Amazon.

Hannah Schweitzer

Hannah Schweitzer

Academy Assistant

Hannah is a lifelong student of music, and has been studying piano, classical voice, and cello for over a decade. An award-winning soloist, Hannah has received invitations to the BC performing arts Provincials, and Ellison Canadian Honour Choir, and participates in many ensembles in her hometown of Powell River. This year, she received the Music Scholarship at Trinity Western University to earn a BA, Music, while simultaneously earning an ARCT designation in Vocal performance through the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a voice coach, Hannah knows that music is about connection, so she's excited to facilitate that connection for students and faculty for her second year with PRISMA.

Sarah Schweitzer

Sarah Schweitzer

Special Events Assistant

Sarah has been immersed in the arts since before she can remember. A trained classical vocalist, she has been performing in choirs and as a soloist since the age of four, earning her invitations to BC Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts, as well as Ellison Canadian Honour Choir, and British Columbia Youth Choir. Locally, she sings with the Academy Chamber Choir and the Brooks Secondary Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and is completing Level 8 (Voice) & Level 9 (Piano) through Royal Conservatory of Music. This year, Sarah received the President's Scholarship at Trinity Western University, and will be continuing her music studies there while studying to attend law school. She is excited to join PRISMA this year as the Special Events Assistant.