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.
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.
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.
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.
NSTT Awards over $8,500 to 2010 Special Awards Recipients Today
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust will recognize the 2010 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00pm on Friday, December 17th at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in a ceremony attended by Her Honour the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, ONS, DHumL, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
Created to support the career of contralto Portia White more than 65 years ago, the Talent Trust has continued to support emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies toward establishing professional careers in the arts.
One such gifted artist is writer Sarah "Sadie" McCarney, who will receive the $1,500 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the Talent Trust’s highest honour for a student in any discipline. McCarney, a native of Annapolis Royal, attended the Writing Studio Program at the Walnut Hill School (Natick, MA) and is currently a student at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB. This is the first time in the award’s history that it has been given to a literary artist.
The seven other Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists, are listed below.
Singer Maureen "Reeny" Smith (Dartmouth) is the recipient of the $1,500 Portia White Award for voice and is currently pursuing a degree in Music (Jazz Studies) at St. Frances Xavier University in Antigonish. (Award sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine Program, Dalhousie University.)
Singer/songwriter Casey May (Stewiacke) is the recipient of the $1,000 Chico Berardi Award for popular, jazz, rock, or traditional music and is currently a Music Arts student at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth. (Award supported by Music Nova Scotia.)
Violinist Heemin Choi (Hammonds Plains) is the recipient of the $1,000 Ray Simpson Award for music and is currently studying privately with Prof. Philippe Djokic. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)
Composer Marielle Groven (Fletchers Lake) is the recipient of the $750 Kenneth Elloway Award for composition/conducting/classical performance and is currently studying with Martin Matalon in Paris, FR. (Award supported by the Elloway Family.)
Actor Mary Fay Coady (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Theatre Nova Scotia Award and is currently enrolled in the Professional Theatre Acting Course at Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre School, UK. (Award sponsored by Theatre Nova Scotia.)
Filmmaker Hamish Lambert (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Shelagh Mackenzie Award and is a Film Animation student at Concordia University in Montreal.
Visual artist Jessica Hein (Halifax, NS) is the recipient of the $1,000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and is currently a masters student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.