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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust awards over $11,500 t0 2011 special award recipients at today’s awards ceremony

2011 Pat Richards Special Award recipient Julian Czenze at the ceremony sharing how the NSTT has helped himThe Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) will recognize the 2011 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00pm on Thursday, December 15th 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 NSTT 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 pianist Lucas Porter, who will receive the $1,500 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the NSTT’s highest honour for a student in any discipline.  Porter, a native of Port Williams, is currently a student at the Glen Gould School in Toronto, ON.

Susan and Joseph Lappin, parents of 2011 R. G. Jackson Special Award recipient Bridget Lappin with Daphne CruikshanksAs well, two new Special Awards were given out for the first time this year.  The Robert George Jackson Award, established in 2011 by the late Robert George Jackson and his widow Daphne Cruikshanks, recognizes excellence in dance.  In its inaugural year the $1100 award will be received by Halifax dancer Bridget Lappin. Lappin is currently studying dance in London, UK at the London Contemporary Dance School.  The other new Special Award is the Maritime Association of Teachers of Singing (MATS) Award which was also established in 2011 to recognize a full time recipient who has been studying voice for the next three years only.  This year the $1200 award will be given to Josh Whelan of Hatchet Lake.  Whelan is currently enrolled in his first year of a Masters of Opera Performance at the University of Toronto.

The other Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists, are listed below.

Singer Jana Miller (Truro) is the recipient of the $1,500 Portia White Award for voice and has recently completed her Masters of Music in Solo Performance, Voice, at McGill University and her Diplôme d’artiste at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. (Award sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine Program, Dalhousie University.)

Her Honour the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of NS, with 2011 CWH/VANS Special Award recipient Isaac FresiaSaxophonist Evan Mounce (Newport, NS) is the recipient of the $1,000 Ray Simpson Award for music and is currently studying for his Masters of Music at the University of Toronto. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)

Organist Shawn Potter (Newport, NS) is the recipient of the $750 Kenneth Elloway Award for classical performance and has recently been studying for his Masters of Music at McGill University in Montreal. (Award supported by the Elloway Family.)

Actor Wayne Burns (Truro) is the recipient of the $1,000 Theatre Nova Scotia Award and is currently enrolled in the National Theatre School in Montreal where he is studying acting. (Award sponsored by Theatre Nova Scotia.)

Film production designer Lauren Spalding (Head of Jeddore, NS) is the recipient of the $1,000 Shelagh Mackenzie Award and is studying production design at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory in Los Angeles.

 Visual artist Isaac Fresia (Beckwith, NS) is the recipient of the $1,000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and is currently a student at NSCAD studying sculpture, drawing and design.

Ballet dancer Elsa Hodder (Windsor, NS) is the recipient of the $500 Janice Merritt Flemming Award and is currently studying dance at the Maritime Conservatory in Halifax.Her Honour the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of NS, with 2011 Janice Merritt Flemming Special Award recipient Elsa Hodder

Dancer Julian Czenze (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1000 Pat Richards Award and is currently studying dance at École Superiore de Ballet Contemporain de Montréal.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust application deadline date for Spring/Summer study is March 1, 2012 and for Fall/Winter study it is May 15, 2012. 

For a complete list of 2011 NSTT scholarship recipients, please click here.

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