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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Portia White Gala Concert for Nova Scotia Talent Trust

On Friday, December 4th, join the Dalhousie Medical School Chorale & Ensembles, and the Sackville Community Concert Band, for the seventh annual Portia White Award Gala Concert in support of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.  Tickets are $15 and concert time is 7:30 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle, corner of Summit and Windsor Streets, Halifax. 

Everything the Dalhousie Medical School Chorale does is for charity, and this concert is no exception. The event raises funds for The Portia White Award, a music scholarship of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for a promising voice student as well as for the African Partners Program of the Medical Humanities. The Nova Scotia Talent Trust was established in 1944, principally to assist the Nova Scotia contralto, Portia White, to train for what became a legendary career. Since then, the Talent Trust has awarded over 1,600 scholarships to Nova Scotia artists in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, literary arts, and film totaling over $1.5 million.  The African Partners Program is an ongoing project of the Medical Humanities Program,  the Margaret and John Savage Primary Care Clinic in Touré, Niger (West Africa). 

Promising to be a great show, the concert will feature a wide variety of musical selections including music from classical to pop, seasonal selections, ensemble groups and the stirring finale with both the Chorale and the Concert Band together. 

The Sackville Community Concert Band comprises professional musicians, retired musicians, local music teachers, and other talented individuals interested in concert band music.  Under the direction of conductor Jim Forde and Maggie Helms, it has quickly become one of the finest concert bands in the province.  It is well known beyond the metro area for the quality of its music, as well as its contribution to the community at large ( 

The Dalhousie Medical School Chorale is part of the Division of Medical Educations’ Music-in-Medicine Program, under the Medical Humanities, which has over 150 participants, including medical students, physicians, professors, alumni and friends of the medical school.   This concert will feature selections from the Chorale under the direction ofBryan Crocker, Musician in Residence, as well as smaller ensembles including the“TestosterTONES,” the popular men’s vocal group from the School and the “Vocal Chords,” the women’s vocal group. 

Tickets are now available by calling 494-6574 and will also be available at the door.


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