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.
Nova Scotia Talent Trust gives out $75,000 in scholarships to 50 nova scotia emerging artists
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has recently given out $75,000 in scholarships to emerging Nova Scotia artists in the fields of dance, theatre, media (film) studies, music, visual and literary arts. The 43 successful scholarship recipients were chosen from a field of 129 applications from two deadlines, 1 March and 15 May, 2012.
“This marks the largest number of applications the NSTT has ever received,” Scholarship Program Coordinator Andrea Dymond said. “We had 45% more applications this year over 2011. We did a fair amount of outreach this year, to try and tell more people about our program and it really seemed to work, especially with members from the film and theatre communities, which we traditionally receive less applications for. Because of our long association with Portia White, many people believe we only give out music scholarships. We actually provide scholarships to applicants from all the artistic disciplines.”
Applications were received from all parts of the province, from Yarmouth to Sydney, Halifax to Amherst. An independent, volunteer Scholarship Selection Committee, made up of twelve artist professionals, two from each discipline, met in April and again in June to decide who would receive a scholarship.
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 towards the ultimate goal of establishing professional careers in the arts. The NSTT is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, RBC Emerging Artists Program, the Craig Foundation, ImmediaC, Music Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, CNSLC, Medicine in Music and Debut Atlantic. Since 1944, the NSTT has assisted over 1,900 Nova Scotians with awards totaling over $1.8 million.
The NSTT has two deadline dates coming up in 2013: 1 March for Spring/Summer study and 1 May for Fall/Winter study. For more information, please visit their website atwww.nstalenttrust.ns.ca. For a complete list of the 2012 NSTT scholarship recipients, please click here.