Sunday, April 26, 2015

Application Tips for May 1st Deadline

Just apply today and enjoy the rest of the week!
  • Music recipients, if you are using an accompanist, acknowledge who they are.
  • Visual arts recipients, don’t forget to include the exact dimensions of your art work, the materials used to create it, as well as its title, in your annotated index (pdf image list).
  • Don’t forget to smile!
Good luck and remember Andrea is here to help at

Friday, April 24, 2015

Application Tips for May 1st Deadline

Applications are only accepted until 5 p.m. on May 1

  • Make sure all attached documents are in PDF format.
  • Although the NSTT does not request it from applicants younger than 18 years of age, if you have an artistic resume, include it as a PDF with your support materials.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tips for Scholarship Applications - May 1 at 5 p.m.

  • Make sure you proofread your application and all support materials carefully.
  • The school or institution link you attach should be the page that gives the most information about your chosen program

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vivian Shotwell shortlisted for 2015 Atlantic Book Award

Congratulations Vivian Shotwell!
Vivian Shotwell
The 2015 Atlantic Book Awards - Shortlist
was announced on April 7.
Former Scholarship recipient Vivian Shotwell is one of the twenty-four shortlisted authors. 

She is nominated for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for her novel Vienna Nocturne published by Doubleday Canada.

Congratulations to all! The full shortlist is available at

The 2015 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 7-14 with free literary events in all four provinces. Festival details will be available at soon. Winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the weeklong festival, Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, and tickets will on sale by April 15 at

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nova Sinfonia Presents Heemin Choi, Violin

Nova Sinfonia presents the final concert in its 2014-15 season on 

Monday, April 27 at 
Faith Tabernacle
(6225 Summit Street, Halifax) 
at 7:30 p.m.  

under the direction of guest conductor, Mark Shapiro, with special guest, Heemin Choi, Violin. 

Heemin Choi is the NSTT's 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Award and 2010 Raymond Simpson Award winner.

The program includes the Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 2 “A London Symphony”. 

Tickets are $15 regular and $10 for students with I.D. and are available online ( and at the door. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LaLa Lee's Mothers' Day Piano Recital in Honour of Abby Bryant

Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Church, Halifax

Lala Lee is a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and has been performing in front of audiences since the age of 5. Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship Recipient 2014 and Grade 10 Honour With Distinction student at Sacred Heart School of Halifax and a Sacred Heart Scholar, Lala is passionate about music, the arts, and social justice. Lala is performing this solo recital to celebrate music and to celebrate the life of another young Haligonian, Abigail Bryant.

Abby Bryant was equally passionate about music, art, and social justice. She was a singer, actor, poet, photographer, songwriter, and doer of good things. The youngest Founding Member of The Friends of Gilda's Nova Scotia, Abby was also passionate about ensuring that no one -especially children and young people- in Nova Scotia go through cancer alone.

Please join her on Sunday, May 10th, at 2:00 to celebrate two young women who are dedicated to art, music, and making Halifax and Nova Scotia a better place. Proceeds from this event will benefit both The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and The Friends of Gilda's Nova Scotia.

For Tickets:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NSTT's 2015 Goodwill Ambassador announced

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust provides opportunities for emerging artists of all ages to receive scholarships in their formative years in order to pursue their artistic passions. One such talented artist is Lucas Oickle. Lucas was one of 51 recipients of NSTT’s support in 2014, but without wonderful benefactors like you, the NSTT could not be there to help our young talented Nova Scotian artists reach the top of their fields. To truly understand the profound impact we make together on the lives of artists like Lucas, please read Lucas’ story in his own words.
My name is Lucas Oickle and I'm an emerging composer originally from the Lucas Oickle, composer Winner of the 2014 NSTT 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Exellence Award in the amount of $10,000 (supported by the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund)Bridgewater area; I received my B.Mus. from Acadia and I'm currently finishing my Master’s in Music Composition at the University of British Columbia. I am very excited to be acting as the 2015 Goodwill Ambassador for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

I am so incredibly fortunate to have the support of the NSTT, and that support is all the more significant because it comes from my home province: 2014 has been an incredible year. With the help of the NSTT, I spent two weeks studying Sundanese gamelan music in Indonesia (organized by NS percussionist/composer Ken Shorley), a further two weeks in Shanghai, China, and then another three months in various parts of Japan. Words do little to accurately express how deeply grateful I am for these experiences and for the help I received that made them possible.

I recently finished working on a commission from Montreal which deals with the environmental consequences of a massive land-moving project currently underway in China; and last spring I completed a contemporary arrangement of Farewell to Nova Scotia that connotes new meaning for the words that we all know.

The support of the NSTT allows me to continue to pursue these artistic and aesthetic directions, both financially and as a crucial vote of confidence. I am so thankful for this, and I am always proud to tell everyone about the unwavering support that Nova Scotia has for its artists.

Please consider helping artists like myself by supporting the NSTT's mandate to help tomorrow's artists today. Please donate today by mail or online at

Sincerest regards,
Lucas Oickle
Nova Scotia Talent Trust 2015 Goodwill Ambassador 

All donations are fully applied to scholarships or named awards. Tax-deductible donation receipts are issued for all amounts. You can donate online at or by mail to NSTT, PO Box 575, Halifax, NS, B3J 2R7.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Two Pianists - Two Pianos - Cindy Thong and Willem Blois

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Cecilia Concerts welcomes Cindy Thong and Willem Blois to the stage.  

These two outstanding young pianists combine showmanship with technique to present a populist approach to the two piano concert form.  

The concert will take place at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall 

(Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax).  

Tickets are available in advance at Bookmark on Spring Garden Road, the Alliance Française on Young Street or online at

Cost is $25 ($20 for seniors, $12.50 students).  
More information can be found at

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hannah Mae Cruddas dances the Lead Fairy in 'Cinderella'

Photo Credit: Ballet Joergen
Hannah Mae Cruddas, (2007 NSTT Lieutenant Governor's Award) stars in Cinderella with Canada's Ballet Jörgen. She will be dancing the role of the Lead Fairy. 
Friday, April 17 and  
Saturday, April 18 at the  
Dalhousie Arts Centre in Halifax. 

More information can be found at:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pierre Riley - Reception & Piano Recital

A Benefit for Cecilia Concerts' Outreach Program 

Wine and hors-d’oeuvres will be served at the pre-concert reception. 

Thursday, 16 April 
6:30 pm, pre-concert reception
7:15 pm, recital

Lilian Piercey Concert Hall 
Maritime Conservatory of performing Arts 
6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax

Cecilia Concerts is pleased to present the talented young Nova Scotian pianist Pierre Riley in a special recital. 

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The horizons of pianist Pierre Riley are as broad as they are diverse: in addition to his ventures as a soloist, his great passion for sharing music with others has fostered an enthusiastic and ongoing involvement with chamber music, collaborative piano, and teaching. A native of Antigonish, Mr. Riley is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. Pierre Riley is generously supported by the McCall MacBain Foundation, and is the grateful recipient of scholarships from the Guildhall School Trust and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

His program will consist of music from Bach's English Suite, Beethoven's E Flat Major Sonata, a selection of Chopin Mazurkas and Faure's C Sharp Minor Variations.

Tickets online at Eventbrite: