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.
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.
Nova Scotia Talent Trust 2005 Scholarship and Special Award Recipients Honoured at Government House Ceremony
December 20, 2005
The Lieutenant Governor honoured the 2005 scholarship and special award recipients in a ceremony at 2:00pm today at Government House, with over 100 people in attendance.
Honourable Myra A. Freeman, Honourary Chair of the Talent Trust, looked back on the Trust’s accomplishments in 2005, remembering the January Gala Concert and welcoming six new Board Members: Ed Matwawana, Ted Fraser, Susan Stackhouse, Susan Foshay, Daryl Chaddock and Peter Dykhuis.
Supporting Nova Scotian students with outstanding potential to become professional artists in their chosen disciplines, the Talent Trust funded 56 students with over $40,000 in scholarships.
"The exceptional level of artistic talent this year made the selection process very challenging," Selection Committee members enthused. "Most notable is the number of gifted dancers and musicians who are on the cusp of exciting professional careers."
Recipients were ballet and modern dancers; performers and composers of many musical styles, using a broad range of instruments; performers of theatre and stage; directors; cinematographers; photographers; visual artists; one sound technician/recording engineer; and one violin maker. These students are pursuing their studies in international and world class schools in Nova Scotia, in Canada, the United States and Europe.
The Trust also selected recipients for seven special awards as follows:
French Horn player, Stephen Cameron of Hammonds Plains received the $1000 Lieutenant Governor’s Award. Mr. Cameron is the scholarship recipient who, among all others this year, demonstrates the greatest commitment and potential to become an established artist. He is completing an Artist’s Diploma in Orchestral Performance at the Glenn Gould School and will begin his career as Second Horn with the Waterloo Symphony in 2006.
For the third consecutive year, vocalist, Erin Crooks of Prospect received the $1000 Portia White Award. The award is sponsored by the Dalhousie Music in Medicine Program, which has committed to long-term sponsorship through yearly concerts and the creation of a fund. Erin is completing her Advanced Artist’s Diploma at the University of Toronto.
Violinist, Celeste Williams of Tantallon received the $500 Ray Simpson Award. The award is supported through donations to the Ray Simpson Memorial Fund. Celeste increased her exposure to international student standards through private lessons, master classes and chamber music coaching with the Encore School for Strings at the Cleveland Institute of Music this past summer.
Jazz percussionist, Brendan Melchin of Antigonish received the $300 Chico Berardi Award, funded by the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia. An exciting new talent, Brendan began his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in September.
Ballet dancer, Ian Parsons of Glen Margaret received the $500 Pat Richards Award. Ian attends the Professional-Academic Program at the National Ballet School in Toronto. He is well on his way to achieving his ambition to become part of a professional ballet company and eventually choreograph ballet and contemporary dance.
Photographer, Jaret Belliveau of Halifax was selected to receive the $1000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award. Jaret was the only Canadian invited to attend the international ReGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow workshops at the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland this summer.
Actor and singer, Lise Cormier of Halifax was selected to be the first recipient of the Theatre Nova Scotia Award. This yearly award was newly created in 2005 through the sponsorship of Theatre Nova Scotia. Lise began her first year of study towards her Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre at Sheridan College in September.