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.
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.
NSTT Scholarship and Award Recipients
Many of the recipients have gone on to successful careers in the arts at home and abroad. From the Nova Scotia Talent Trust's first 40 years come names like harpsichordist Gordon Murray, organist John Grew, actor Don Allison, singer/actress Peggy Mahon, painter Jean Edmonds Hancock, photographer Sherman Hines, classical guitarist Dale Kavanagh, French horn player David Parker, soprano Sue Doran, and actress Sarah Orenstein. More recently, artists have included dancer Ruth Ellen Kroll Jackson, soprano Jane Archibald, actor Anne Marie Woods, poet Maureen Hull, cellist Denise Djokic, and visual artist Colleen Wolstenholme.
The 2017 Special Award Winners were announced at our Special Awards Ceremony on December 12, 2017 at the Central Library in Halifax. Thank you to all that made it a success.
Their Honours with Erin Sparks and the scholarship and special award recipients. Photo Credit: Megan Jansen
More event images can be found at: Special Awards Ceremony Photos 2017
On December 12, 2017 we celebrated the Award winners and Scholarship recipients at the Halifax Central Library.
Not all of the winners were able to attend due to their study schedule.
Special Awards Recipients: