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.
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.
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.
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.
Testimonial: Suzanne Rigden, Soprano - Portia White Award winner 2007
Hello to my wonderful supporters at the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Fund, I wanted to keep you updated on some of my recent achievements, as you all were a part in keeping me motivated and financially able to continue. At this present moment I am rehearsing for an opera in New York City!
Canadian coloratura soprano, Suzanne Rigden, is currently in her second year with l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal. This season Suzanne sang the Page Boy in Rigoletto and Sophie in Werther with l'Opéra de Montréal. She also participated in a tour of Québec with the show called Aleacanto, with Atelier Lyrique. In concert, Suzanne performed with Orchestre Symphoniques des Jeunes de Montréal in the Hommage à la Musique Tchèque and Magie de Noël as well as with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in La Magie de Mozart. Currently Suzanne is preparing Morgana in Alcina with the Pocket Opera of New York to be performed in March, which will mark her American Opera debut.
Following this milestone, she will be singing Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Merola Opera Centre in San Francisco. In 2011-2012 Suzanne will perform Frasquita in Carmen with Jeunesse Musicales.