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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Portia White Gala Concert
The concert features Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale, the Sackville Concert Band, and a Guest Artist that won the NSTT Portia White Award in the past.
The proceeds go towards the NSTalent Trust's Portia White Award to assist a young Nova Scotia voice student, and also to support Dalhousie Medical Humanities-HEALS program initiatives that provide opportunities for health professions' students to enhance their training. The event is held at Faith Tabernacle Church in Halifax on the last Friday of November.
Special Awards Ceremony
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizes the Scholarship and Special Award recipients in December at the Halifax Central Library in a ceremony attended by His Honour Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Honourary Chair of the NSTT.
The Special Award winners are chosen from the field of successful scholarship recipients of a given year representing the artistic disciplines of music, literary arts, visual arts, circus arts, video/new media, dance, and theatre.
For the last 73 years the NSTT has continued to support emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies towards the ultimate goal of establishing professional careers in the arts.