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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

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

Yoanita Maria Kartadihardja

Yoanita Maria Kartadihardja

Academy Manager

Yoanita was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. She plays violin, piano, and french horn. Her professional career in music started in Shanghai, China, where she obtained a diploma at Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2006 and a Bachelor of Art at East China Normal University in 2010. She was an assistant conductor at New Shanghai Orchestra. She returned to Indonesia and established her own music studio, Vivo Music Surabaya. She was also director, conductor, and music arranger for the youth orchestra community called Orkes Kota Pahlawan for seven years. She gained experience as a professional violinist and pianist at Bandung Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, YMCG, Cineclassic Trio, and has traveled to perform in Singapore, Italy, UK, and Hong Kong. She is now pursuing her master's degree in music education at the University of British Columbia. She was a student of PRISMA 2021 and is currently the Academy Manager.
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.