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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust awards over $34,000 t0 2013 Special Award Recipients at today’s Special Awards Ceremony

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) will recognize the 2013 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00pm on Monday, December 16th at Government House in a ceremony hosted by His Honour Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Created to support the career of contralto Portia White almost 70 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 Halifax filmmaker Gwyneth Christoffel, who will receive the $1,500 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the NSTT’s highest honour for a student in any discipline.  This is the first time in the award’s history that it has been awarded to a recipient who is studying film.  Christoffel is also the recipient of the $1,000 Shelagh Mackenzie Award for film and has recently started her first year at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona where she is studying towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Video. 

As well, two new Special Awards will be given out for the first time this year.  The 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards, valued at $10,000 each, will be awarded to any recipient, regardless of age, from any artistic discipline, who best exemplifies the qualities embraced by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, that of the utmost commitment, promise, exceptional technique, talent and the highest achievement of excellence, someone who demonstrates the passion and drive to become a professional Nova Scotia artist in their field of discipline.  These two awards will be awarded every December for the next ten years and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program.  In its inaugural year the two $10,000 awards will be received by Halifax flamenco dancer Francesca Nardi and classical pianist Lucas Porter from Port Williams.  Nardi studied recently with Amor de Dios-Ciclo Dedicado a la Formacion Completa del Baile Flamenco in Madrid, Spain.  Porter is currently studying for his Masters of Music in Performance (Piano) degree at the University of Montreal.

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

  • Furniture designer and artist Arjun Lal (Dartmouth) is the recipient of the $1,000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and is currently studying Craft and Design at Sheridan College (Award supported by the Wilson-Hammond family and by Visual Arts Nova Scotia.)
  • Singer Marcel d’Entremont (Merigomish) is the recipient of the $1,500 Portia White Award for voice and is currently studying for his Masters of Music in Voice/Opera degree at the University of Toronto.  (Award sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine Program, Dalhousie University.)
  • Choreographer Aliah Schwartz (Canning) is the recipient of the $1,500 Robert George Jackson Award for dance and has recently been studying with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. (Award supported by the Jackson family.)
  • Sculpture and painter Isaac Fresia (Oxford) is the recipient of the $1,500 RBC Emerging Artist Award for visual arts and is currently finishing his final year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University. (Awarded sponsored by RBC Emerging Artist Fund.)
  • Singer Rosanna Harris (Wolfville) is the recipient of the $1,200 Maritime Association of Teachers of Singing (MATS) Award for voice and is currently finishing her Masters of Music Solo Performance degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. (Award supported by MATS.)
  • Bassoonist Darren Hicks (Middleton) is the recipient of the $1,000 Raymond Simpson Award for music and is currently finishing his Masters of Music degree at Yale University. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)
  • Classical pianist Jenna Richards (Halifax) is the recipient of the $750 Kenneth Elloway Award for classical performance and recently completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance (Piano) at University of Toronto. (Award supported by the Elloway family.)Ballet dancer Erin Atkinson (Amherst) is the recipient of the $500 Janice Merritt Flemming Award and is currently studying ballet at the Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet. (Award supported by the Flemming family.)
  • Jazz pianist/songwriter Breagh Mackinnon (Sydney) is the recipient of the $1,000 Chico Berardi Award and is currently completing her Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) degree at the St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. (Award sponsored by Music Nova Scotia.)
  • Classical pianist Amy Dalziel (Dartmouth) is the recipient of the $1,000 Tietje Zonneveld Award and she recently studied privately with Simon Docking before continuing with her Masters of Music (Piano Performance) degree at Memorial University.
  • In addition to the Special Awards announced today, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust gave out scholarships to 45 recipients earlier this year.  The NSTT’s scholarship application deadline date for Spring/Summer study is March 1, 2014 and for Fall/Winter study it is May 1, 2014.


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