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.
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.
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.
December 18, 2009 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Awards Over $8000 To 2009 Special Awards Recipients
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust will recognize the 2009 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 16th at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in a ceremony attended by Her Honour the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O. N. S., DHumL, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
Created to support the career of contralto Portia White, for 65 years the Talent Trust has supported emerging Nova Scotia artists as they continue to pursue their studies en route to establishing a professional career.
One such gifted artist is composer Cy Giacomin, who will not only receive the $1,500 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the Talent Trust’s highest honour for a student in any discipline, but the $750 Kenneth Elloway award, recognizing his excellence in the field of composition. Giacomin, a native of Halifax, is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Department of Music. Like many award winners, he has gone on to acquire the advanced skills needed to further succeed in his discipline and is currently undertaking studies towards a Masters degree in Music (composition) at McGill University in Montreal. It is a true testament to Cy’s commitment and dedication to his field that he will receive two Talent Trust awards in the same year.
The six other Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists are listed below:
Contemporary dancer Sarah Murphy is the recipient of the $500 Janice Merritt Flemming Award for dance and is furthering her studies in New York at the Juilliard School. (Award sponsored by Janice Flemming.)
Bassoonist Ian Hopkin is the recipient of the $1,000 Ray Simpson Award for music and is currently studying at the University of Ottawa. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)
Dancer Michelle Murphy is the recipient of the $1,000 Pat Richards Award for dance and is enrolled in the Professional Ballet Program at the National Ballet School in Toronto.
Actor Tyler Miedema is the recipient of the $1,000 Theatre Nova Scotia Award and is studying for his Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) at Dalhousie University. (Award sponsored by Theatre Nova Scotia.)
Soprano Jana Miller is the recipient of the $1,500 Portia White Award for voice and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music (Opera) at McGill University in Montreal. (Award sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine Program, Dalhousie University)
Sheumas Penny of Sydney, NS is the recipient of the $1,000 Shelagh Mackenzie Award and is a Screen Arts student at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, NS.