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.
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.
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.
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.
Nova Scotia Talent Trust awards $11,500 to 2011 Special Award Recipients
HALIFAX, NS - The Nova Scotia Talent Trust will recognize the 2011 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 15 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 towards the ultimate goal of establishing professional careers in the arts. Since 1944, the NSTT has given out more than $1.8 million dollars in scholarships.
This year’s Special Award winners will be chosen from a field of more than 48 individual scholarship recipients representing the disciplines of music, literary arts, visual arts, video/new media, dance, and theatre. This year, the NSTT will also be presenting two new awards, the Robert George Jackson Award, to a dance recipient, and the Maritime Association of Teachers of Singing (MATS) Award, to a voice recipient.