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.
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 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.
Nova Scotia Talent Trust Announces 2002 Scholarship and Special Award Recipients
January 2, 2003
Each year the Nova Scotia Talent Trust supports Nova Scotians with outstanding potential to become established artists in their chosen fields. Through its scholarship program, it assists students undertaking programs of study which will further their artistic development.
In 2002, the Trust’s Scholarship Selection Committee reviewed a total of 99 applications received over three deadlines: April 15, June 1 and October 15. It awarded 57 scholarships totalling $52,750 to 50 recipients.
Recipients were supported from a wide range of disciplines including literary arts, film and video, performing arts, and visual arts. They completed studies, or are now continuing studies, in a variety of settings including summer instructional schools, professional arts training institutions, university training programs, and private instruction. Scholarship recipients are studying in programs in Nova Scotia, in institutions elsewhere in Canada, and the United States.
A full list of all 2002 scholarship recipients, listed by their respective disciplines and communities, is attached.
These recipients were honoured at a special reception at Government House on December 20, hosted by Her Honour, Myra Freeman, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, who serves as the Talent Trust’s Honourary Chair. Her Honour welcomed the opportunity to open the doors of Government House to some of Nova Scotia’s finest young and developing artists.
In addition to awarding scholarships, the Trust also selected recipients this year for six special awards as follows:
Ms. Lauren Kempton of Dartmouth was selected to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. This is the first year for this award and it is given to the recipient who, among all others in the year, demonstrates exceptional commitment and potential to become an established artist. It has been established to recognize the support and encouragement Her Honour, Myra Freeman, has provided for the Trust’s work. The award carries a cash value of $1,000. Lauren is a student at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto where she has been studying ballet since 1998, with continuous support from the Trust.
Allison Bent of Truro was selected to receive the Portia White Award, which carries a cash value of $500, and is given to a scholarship recipient who shows outstanding commitment and potential as a vocalist. The Trust is very pleased that this year the Dalhousie Music in Medicine Program, under the direction of Dr. Ron Stewart, has committed to a long-term sponsorship of this award. Allison currently is completing the third and final year of an Artist Diploma in Voice at the University of Toronto. This summer, with support from the Trust, she attended the "Singer as actor" workshop at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts. She also is a graduate of Dalhousie University where she completed a Bachelor of Music in May of 1999.
Mr. Marc Djokic of Halifax was selected to receive the Ray Simpson Award, which carries a cash value of $500 and is given to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in music as an instrumentalist. The award is sponsored by the St. Cecilia Concert Series, under the artistic management of Ms. Barbara Butler. Marc is an exceptional young musician and has been supported in his studies by the Trust since 1994. He is continuing his studies towards a Bachelor of Music Performance in Violin, for which he was awarded a scholarship in November, having transferred this year from the Cleveland Institute of Music to the New England Conservatory of Music, to follow his teacher, Donald Weilerstein,.
Mr. Adrien Gough of Halifax was selected to receive the Chico Berardi Award, which carries a cash value of $300, and is given to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in the field of popular, rock, jazz, or traditional music. This award is funded by the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia. Adrien is a grade 11 student at St. Patrick’s High School in Halifax where he is very active in the music program. This summer, with support from the Trust, he attended the Berklee Summer Performance Program in Boston. For his age, Adrien shows remarkable talent and ability on jazz saxophone. He is studying with Don Palmer and other teachers have included Bucky Adams, Jeff Goodspeed, and Jerri Brown.
Ms. Molly Johnson of Baddeck was selected to receive the Pat Richards Award, which carries a cash value of $500, and is given to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in dance. Molly is currently studying modern dance at Toronto Dance Theatre School. This summer, with support from the Trust, she attended "Breaking Ground", a four week intensive training program in contemporary dance in Toronto. She is a former member of Halifax Dance Association’s Young Company, which provided her with several opportunities to perform in Nova Scotia, including at the Atlantic Fringe Festival.
Ms. Rebecca Roberts of Halifax was selected to receive the Vision 20/21 Award, which carries a cash value of $500 and is given to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in visual arts. The award has been made possible by a generous donation from Ms. Ineke Graham, owner and manager of Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery in Halifax, as a result of a special exhibition and sale entitled Vision 20/21 held in 2001. Rebecca is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, having completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts there in 2001. This fall, with support from the Trust, she returned to NSCAD to undertake studies in colour photography and digital projects and electronic culture.