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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15 September 2016

NSTT awards $75,000 in Scholarships to 46 NS Emerging Artists

HALIFAX, NS – 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 46 successful scholarship recipients were chosen from a field of 117 applications from two deadlines, 1 March and 1 May 2016. 5 of the 46 scholarships are supported by the NS Arts Endowment Fund in the amount of $2,000 each. 

Applications were received from various parts of the province, from Kentville to Glace Bay, Head of Jeddore 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.

Since its creation in 1944, the NSTT has given out more than $2 million dollars in scholarships to over 1900 recipients.

The NSTT is supported by, the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, The Craig Foundation, RBC Foundation, Music Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, ImmediaC, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Business for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Studio 21 Fine Arts, Support4Culture, HRM, Dalhousie Music in Medicine Program and Arts Nova Scotia.  The NSTT is pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

The NSTT has two deadline dates coming up for 2017: 1 March for Spring/Summer study and 1 May for Fall/Winter study.  For more information, please visit their website at

A complete list of the 2016 Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipients is included below.

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The Nova Scotia Talent Trust is glad to announce the 46 successful scholarship recipients for 2016.  A total of $75,000 in scholarships were given to emerging Nova Scotian artists studying in the fields of dance, theatre, media (film), music, visual and literary arts. The 47 successful scholarship recipients were chosen from a field of 117 applications from two deadlines, March 1st and May 1st 2016.  5 of the 46 scholarships are supported by the NS Arts Endowment Fund in the amount of $2,000 each.  Since its creation in 1944, the NSTT has given out more than $2 million dollars in scholarships to over 1900 recipients.

More information about the NSTT scholarship recipients and application deadlines for 2017 can be found at www dot nstalenttrust dot ns dot ca.

Media Contact: 

Jacqueline Steudler, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Talent Trust,
P. O. Box 575
Halifax  NS  B3J 2R7
(902) 492 6801

List of the 2016 NSTT Scholarship and Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients


  • Erin Atkinson, Amherst
  • Julia Barkhouse, Dartmouth
  • Katie Beaton, Bedford
  • Chloe Alexis Bruce, Dartmouth
  • Claire Campbell, Head of St. Margaret's Bay
  • Ellery Jackson, Dartmouth
  • Alyssa Lopez, Stillwater Lake
  • Carrigan MacDonald, Hammonds Plains
  • Olivia MacLean, Dartmouth
  • Vivian Macnab, Dartmouth
  • Niamh Perrins, Wolfville

- Modern/Choreography

  • Aliah Schwartz, Canning

- Modern/Contemporary

  • Solène Bernier, White's Lake
  • Gabrielle Kachan, Halifax
  • Katherine McDonald, Windsor Junction
  • Lucie Schmidt, Lakeview

- Keyboard - Piano

  • Edward Enman, Kentville
  • Cindy Thong, Head of Jeddore
  • Chantal Peng, Wolfville
  • David Potvin, Centreville
  • Andrew Son, Halifax
  • Vlad Chiriac, Bedford

- Strings - Cello

  • India Gailey, Wolfville

- Strings - Violin

  • Lilith Richter-Stephenson, Dartmouth
  • TaTan Huang, Hubley
- Conducting
  • Eszter Horvath, Halifax

- Voice - Opera

  • Brittany Cann, Halifax
  • Shanice Skinner, New Glasgow

- Voice - Jazz

  • Nika Gantar, Bedford

- Brass - French Horn

  • Mimisu Lee, Halifax

- Composition

  • Roland Smith, Windsor

- Percussion

  • Andrew Johnson, Wolfville

Music Theatre

  • Katie Cochrane, Halifax
  • Maya Read, Dartmouth

- Directing

  • Luciana Silvestre Fernandes, Halifax

Visual/Fine Arts 
- Interdisciplinary

  • Lux (Katrina) Habrich, Halifax
  • Sarah MacLeod, Glace Bay
- Painting Drawing
  • Marley Johnson, Halifax
- Fashion Design
  • Charlotte Warr, Fall River

Literary Arts

- Poetry/Interdisciplinary
  • Kaitlyn Boulding, Halifax
- Fiction
  • Holly Rice, Lower Sackville

2016 Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients


  • Lala Lee, Halifax
  • Heemin Choi, Bedford


  • Ivy Charles, Halifax

Visual Arts:

  • Isaac Fresia, Oxford
Design/Applied Craft:
  • Carley Mullally, New Glasgow


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