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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$25,000 Donation to Set Up New Nova Scotia Talent Trust Dance Special Award

Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 11, 2011: The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) is thrilled to announce the creation of a new Special Award.  This new award was created through a $25,000 donation to the NSTT by the estate of the late Robert George Jackson and his widow, Daphne Cruikshanks.  Mr. Jackson was a greater lover of all of the arts and with his wife decided to establish a fund that would support emerging artists.  From 17 December 2010's Special Awards Ceremony, from left to right: Cynthia Lank (Francesca's mother), Daphne Cruikshanks, Adrian Hoffman, NSTT Chair & 2010 NSTT Recipient Francesca Nardi, dancerThe Robert George Jackson Special Award will be awarded to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in dance for the first time at December’s annual NSTT Special Awards ceremony.  The value of the award will be $1100 per year.

The NSTT has a number of Special Awards it gives out each December to its recipients who were successful in receiving a scholarship at either of its Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter deadline dates.  The Scholarship Selection Committee, made up of 12 professional artists from across Nova Scotia representing all artistic disciplines, independent of the NSTT Board and staff, meets twice a year to decide who merits a scholarship as well as to determine the Special Award winners.

“We’d also like to remind all applicants that our next deadline for fall/winter study is coming up soon, on May 15th,” says Scholarship Program Coordinator Andrea Dymond.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust is a not-for-profit organization that provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to become established artists. Support is given to those who are not yet established in their fields and who are undertaking programs of study which will advance their artistic development and who are pursuing their career paths.  Established in 1944 to assist the Nova Scotian contralto Portia White train for her professional career, the NSTT has since awarded over 1,800 scholarships to Nova Scotian artists in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, literary arts, and film totaling over $1.7 million.   The NSTT is supported by NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Program, ImmediaC and   For more information please contact the NSTT at:


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