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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2003 Scholarship and Special Award Recipients
December 12, 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 2003, the Trust’s Scholarship Selection Committee reviewed a total of 95 applications received over three deadlines: April 15, June 1 and October 15. It awarded 54 scholarships totalling $50,300 to 50 recipients.
Recipients were supported from a wide range of disciplines including literary arts, 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, the United States and Europe.
A full list of all 2003 scholarship recipients, indicating their respective disciplines and communities, is attached.
In addition to awarding scholarships, the Trust also selected recipients this year for six special awards as follows:
Mr. Marc Djokic of Halifax was selected to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. This is the second year for this award and it is given to the recipient who, among all others in the year, demonstrates the most exceptional commitment and potential to become an established artist. It was 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. Marc is a student at the New England Conservatory of Music where he has been studying towards a Bachelor of Music in violin performance since 2000, with continuous support from the Trust.
Erin Crooks of Prospect 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 award is sponsored by the Dalhousie Music in Medicine Program, which has committed to a long-term sponsorship of this award. Erin currently is completing her fourth year of a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at Dalhousie University.
Mr. Lucas Pearse 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. Lucas has begun studies towards a Masters in Music in Contemporary Music Studies at Goldsmith College, University of London, in England.
Mr. Greg Melchin of Antigonish 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. This year Greg has begun a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Jazz Studies at St. Francis Xavier University.
Ms. Molly Johnson of Baddeck was selected, for the second consecutive year, 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 in her third year of the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. This summer, with support from the Trust, she attended a three week workshop with O Vertigo Dance in Montreal.
Ms. Georgia VanderWater 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 is sponsored by Ms. Ineke Graham, owner and manager of Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery in Halifax. Georgia has begun studies towards a Masters of Arts in Metalsmithing at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.