Marc Djokic

Marc began his violin studies at the age of six with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Kiwanis Festival of Music Rose Bowl Prize, the Hudson Community Scholarship, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholarship Award, and several NSTT Awards, including the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award.

Denise Djokic

Cellist Denise Djokic is one of the most exciting talents of her generation and has thrilled audiences worldwide with the youthful vigour, confidence and passion of her playing.

Simon Shaw

Simon Shaw graduated with many awards and honours, including four Talent Trust scholarships, in the spring of 2007 from the Newark and Sherwood School of Violin Making and Repair, Newark, England. This institution is one of the foremost violin making schools in the world. Simon is now a professional luthier practicing in Halifax.

Natalie Alcorn

It is amazing to know that there are so many wonderful people who invest so much time and effort because they truly care about the successful development of our futures as artists. I am so thankful to have such support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust- it is incredibly encouraging and helpful on so many levels.

Marielle Groven

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has supported me every step of the way, from my earliest beginnings in the study of music to my current pursuit of a master's degree in music composition at McGill. Thanks to their generous support, I have been given the means to realize my dream of making a career in music as a composer and arranger of music. For this, I am deeply grateful.

  • Special Awards

    Click here to see a list of the 2016 Special Award winners.

    For further information, phone (902) 492-6801, fax (902) 425-7364 or e-mail: scholarship@nstalenttrust.ns.ca

  • Each year the NSTT awards fourteen Special Awards, which are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee.  Award winners are chosen from among the pool of successful recipients who have already received an NSTT scholarship for the current application year.  These awards are provided in addition to the scholarship amounts. If an applicant applies to either the March 1st or May 1st deadlines, and is successful in receiving a scholarship for either of those deadlines, their name is automatically put forward for consideration for the Special Awards.  No other application requirements are necessary.

  • (l-r) Luciana Fernandez, theatre director from Halifax and Carley Mullally from New Glasgow are the 2016 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award winners.

  • The 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards will be awarded to any recipient, regardless of age, from any artistic discipline, who best exemplifies the qualities embraced by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, that of the utmost commitment, promise, exceptional technique, talent and the highest achievement of excellence, someone who demonstrates the passion and drive to become a professional Nova Scotia artist in their field of discipline. A recipient is only eligible to receive this award once. Two awards will be given out annually, if merited. These two awards, valued at $10,000 each, will be awarded starting in December 2013 for ten years and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program.

  • His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia with Gabrielle Kachan, contemporary danceer from Halifax is the winner of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor's Award.

  • The Lieutenant Governor’s Award will be awarded, if merited, to the recipient who, among all others, demonstrates exceptional commitment and potential to become an established artist. The $1,500 award, was established to recognize the support and encouragement of the Lieutenant Governor, who serves as the NSTT's Honourary Chair.

  • Charlotte Wilson-Hammond with Lux (Katrina) Habrich from Halifax winner of the 2016 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award.

  • The Charlotte Wilson Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in the field of visual arts. The award is made possible by Charlotte Wilson Hammond, who was the 2003 recipient of the Province of Nova Scotia’s Portia White Prize and who named the NSTT as the Portia White Prize Protégé and contributed $7,000 to support the award for as long as the fund lasts. The award is $1,000.

  • Sam Decoste, winner of the 2014 Shelagh Mackenzie Award

  • The Shelagh MacKenzie Award, named for the late NSTT Board member Shelagh Mackenzie, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in filmmaking. Documentary filmmaker Shelagh Mackenzie’s career took her from the CBC to the National Film Board. The award is $1,000.

  • His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia with with Katie Cochrane, musical theatre from Halifax winner of the 2016 Theatre Nova Scotia Award.

  • The Theatre Nova Scotia Award, named for the award’s sponsor, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in theatre. The award is $1000.

  • Kaitlyn Boulding, writer/poet is the winner of the 2016 RBC Emerging Artist Award.

  • RBC Emerging Artist Award was established in 2012 by RBC Emerging Artist Project. It will be awarded, if merited, to the recipient who, among all others, has completed initial studies and shows exceptional commitment and professional potential as an artist. Preference will be given to any film/new media, literary, or visual arts students, followed by theatre, dance, and music students. The award is $ 1,500.

  • Alyssa Lopez, ballet dancer from Stillwater Lake is the winner of the 2016 Janice Merritt Flemming Award.

  • The Janice Merritt Flemming Award, named for the award’s sponsor, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in dance. Janice Flemming served on the NSTT's Board for 23 years, while making significant contributions within the dance community. The award is $1,000.

  • His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia with Ellery Jackson, ballet dancer from Dartmouth winner of the 2016 Robert G.Jackson Award.

  • The Robert George Jackson Award, named for the late Robert Jackson who loved the arts, was established in 2011 by his widow, Daphne Cruikshanks. It will be awarded, if merited, to a NSTT recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in dance. The award is $1,500.

  • Nika Gantar, jazz singer from Bedford is the 2016 Chico Berardi Award winner.

  • The Chico Berardi Award, named for the first music director of the East Coast Music Awards, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in the field of popular, rock, jazz, or traditional music. The award of $500, is sponsored by Music Nova Scotia.

  • His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia with Eszter Horvath, conductor from Halifax winner of the 2016 Kenneth Elloway Award.

  • The Kenneth Elloway Award, named for musician, composer and conductor, Kenneth A. Elloway, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in classical orchestral conducting or composition; choral music conducting or composition; classical vocal or instrumental performance. The $750 award is funded by the Elloway family.

  • Shanice Skinner, soprano from New Glasgow is the winner of the 2016 Portia White Award.

  • The Portia White Award, named for the first Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipient, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in voice. Portia White was supported by the NSTT from 1944 to 1947 while she studied voice in New York City, where she embarked on an illustrious career as an international concert soloist. The $1,000 award is funded by Dalhousie University’s Music in Medicine program.

  • Heemin Choi, violin, winner of the 2016 Raymond Simpson Award.

  • The Raymond Simpson Award, named in memory of Raymond Simpson, long-time Secretary for the NSTT who contributed years of service to its management, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in music as an instrumentalist. The award is $1,000. The Shelagh Mackenzie Award, named for the late NSTT Board member Shelagh Mackenzie, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in filmmaking. Documentary filmmaker Shelagh Mackenzie’s career took her from the CBC to the National Film Board. The award is $1,000.

  • His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia with Lala Lee winner of the 2016 Tietje Zonneveld Award.

  • Tietje Zonneveld Award was established in 2012 through a generous donation by Tietje Zonneveld. It is awarded to the pianist who, amongst all others, shows the greatest artistic potential and excellence. The award is $1,000.

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