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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Testimonial: Beth Mckenna, Jazz Saxophonist, 2008 Scholarship Recipient
“I’m currently in my 5th year of study (Jazz Saxophone) at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. With the help of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, I have really reached many things I could have only dreamed of years ago. I have learned a wealth of knowledge in jazz studying with renowned jazz professionals at McGill including JUNO award winner Christine Jensen, Chet Doxas, Remi Bolduc, Donny Kennedy and Gordon Foote. This year, my group “The Urban Quintet” was selected to perform at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, we recorded an EP and received air play on CBC-Radio Canada. I have started composing more for jazz quintet, and am realizing even bigger goals and dreams now as a professional musician. With the support of the NSTT, I was able to support myself through my first year of study at McGill, and then received additional funding from other sources as my talent level grew exponentially through my other years of studies at McGillUniversity.
I’m now in the process of planning a full album Urban Quintet recording project throughout my final year at McGill (2012-13), and will be applying for prestigious graduate schools throughout this year as well. I’ve learned through this time at McGill and playing semi-professionally in Montreal, that being a musician as a profession is possible and that in the future, I should always never underestimate my potential with hard work and can-do attitude!”