Talent Trust grants $48,500 in Awards at 2021 Special Awards Ceremony
Today, we recognized our 2021 scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 12, 2021, virtually in a ceremony which included greetings by His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
Portia White's legacy represents the catalyst for the Talent Trust and its 77-year commitment to aspiring artists across the province. The Talent Trust supports talented Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies toward establishing professional careers in the arts.
Halifax dancerMinuet Charron received the $1,500Talent Trust Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the NSTT’s highest honour for a student in any discipline. Minuet studies Jazz dance atDecidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, Alberta.
Presented for the first time in 2013, the two2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards, valued at$10,000 each, will be awarded to any recipient, regardless of age, from any artistic discipline, who best exemplifies the qualities embraced by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, that of the utmost commitment, promise, exceptional technique, talent and the highest achievement of excellence, someone who demonstrates the passion and drive to become a professional Nova Scotia artist in their field of discipline. These two awards will be granted every December until 2022 and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program.
In 2021, the two$10,000awards were received by Halifax visual artistAda Denil and musical theatre performerEmily O'Learyfrom Glace Bay.
Ada Denil(Halifax), 2021 recipient of a2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award, is currently studying visual arts at NSCAD University (Halifax).
Emily O'Leary(Glace Bay), 2021 recipient of a2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award, is studying musical theatre at New York University - Steinhardt (New York City).
Today, the Talent Trust had the pleasure to presenta new award. The Nova Scotia Talent Trust and RBC Foundation are collaborating to launch theRBC Emerging BIPOC Artist Award. This new $2,500 Special Award will be presented annually to a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color who shows exceptional commitment and professional potential as an artist. Preference will be given to emerging artists in the areas of film, visual arts and music.
Visual artist Excel Garay(Halifax) is the recipient of the $2,500RBC Emerging BIPOC Artist Award. Excel studies expanded visual arts at NSCAD University (Halifax). The award is supported by RBC Emerging Artists Program through RBC Foundation.
ActorKevin Munroe(Sydney) is the recipient of the $2,500RBC Emerging Artist Award. Kevin studies acting at the National Theatre School (Montreal, Quebec). The Award is supported by RBC Emerging Artists Program through RBC Foundation.
There are thirteen more Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates the exceptional potential to become a professional artist. We're pleased to introduce them here.
Opera singerAbigail Sinclair(Halifax) is the recipient of the $2,000Sheila K. Piercey Legacy Awardin voice studies. Abigail studied privately with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell (Opera). The Sheila K. Piercey Award is supported through a generous Bequest by the late Sheila Piercey.
Ryan MacDougall(Dartmouth) is the recipient of the $500Theatre Nova Scotia Awardfor theatre. Ryan is studying musical theatre at Sheridan College (Oakville, Ontario). The Award is supported by Theatre Nova Scotia.
Visual artistKaya Panthier(Halifax) receives the $1,500The Susan Wood Awardin visual arts. Kaya is currently studying visual arts at Mount Allison University (Sackville, New Brunswick). The Award was made possible through generous donations by family and friends of Susan Wood and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.
PianistGabriel O'Brien(Halifax) is the recipient of the $8,000Dr. James Burchill Award for an organist, choral or instrumental conductor or a student of another musical instrument or voice. Gabriel is studying music at Dalhousie University. The award is supported by former Talent Trust scholarship recipient and organist Dr. James Burchill through a $220,000 Bank Bond donation to the NSTT Foundation.
PianistLala Lee(Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Peggy Corkum/Musique Royale Legacy Award.Lala studies piano performance at the Glenn Gould School (Toronto, Ontario). The Award is supported by Barbara Butler, Musique Royale, and friends of Peggy Corkum.
Ballet dancerGabrielle Trudel (Timberlea) is the recipient of the $2,000Robert George Jackson Awardfor dance. Gabrielle is attending Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario). The Award supported by Daphne Cruikshanks in memory of her late husband Robert Jackson.
Visual artistCharles Bourne(Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award. Charles currently studies architecture at Dalhousie University (Halifax). The Award is supported by Charlotte Wilson-Hammond and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.
CellistJacob MacDonald(Upper Kennetcook) is the recipient of the $1,000 Raymond Simpson Award for music. Jacob studies at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario). The Award is supported by the Simpson family.
Piano playerChantal Peng(Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000Yue Lih and Marion Kuo Awardfor exceptional commitment and potential in music as an instrumentalist. Chantal is currently studying at the American University College of Arts and Sciences (Washington, D.C.). The Award is supported by Marion Kuo and Earl Wadden.
Ballet dancerAidanVaudreuil(Lower Sackville) is the recipient of the $1,000 Janice Merritt Flemming Award and is currently studying at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Winnipeg, Manitoba). The Award is supported by the Flemming family.
Opera singerNatalie Mitchell(Pictou County) is the recipient of the $1,000Talent Trust's Portia White Awardfor voice. Natalie studies privately with Suzanne Mentzer (San Francisco, California). The Award is supported by the Music-in-Medicine and Humanities-HEALS Program, Dalhousie University.
Film director, writer and producer Spencer MacKay (Windsor Junction) is the recipient of the $1,000Shelagh Mackenzie Award for film. Spencer spent the summer studying privately with mentor Ian MacLeod. The Award is supported by Shelagh Mackenzie's friends.
Euphonium playerRoss Macintosh (Truro) is the recipient of the $1,000Kenneth Elloway Awardfor composition and instrumental performance. Ross spent the summer 2021 attending the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance LAMP (Lunenburg). The Award is supported by the Elloway family.
In addition to the Special Awards announced today, theNova Scotia Talent Trust gave out scholarships to 55 recipientsearlier this year. You can find a list of the 2021 Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipients below.
The NSTT’s scholarship application deadline date for Spring/Summer study is March 1, 2022. The deadline for Fall/Winter study is May 1, 2022.
The NSTT is supported by individual donors like Margaret and David Fountain and the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, RBC Foundation, The Craig Foundation,, Musique Royale, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, immediaC, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, NSTT Foundation, Dalhousie Music in Medicine HEALS Program, Halifax Central Library, Cecilia Concerts, Craft Nova Scotia, Black Cultural Centre for NS, CIOE 97.5 Community Radio, and Arts Nova Scotia. NSTT is pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.
Congratulations to the Talent Trust, Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, and CN Halifax Community Board Scholarship Recipients
CIRCUS ARTS RECIPIENT Juggling
Luca Haase, Conquerall Mills
DANCE RECIPIENTS Ballet
Sahara Nyathi, Halifax
Maggie Oates-Johnson, Dartmouth
Katrina Ouellette, Middle Sackville,NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Emma Purdy, Debert
Aidan Vaudreuil-Wakeham, Lower Sackville
Julia Barkhouse, Dartmouth
Sienna Nyathi, Halifax
Priyadarshini Satheesh, Halifax
Minuet Charron, Halifax
Stan Tonin, Windsor Junction
Gabrielle Trudel, Timberlea
FILM Film Production
Reva Bhardwaj, Dartmouth, CN Halifax Community Board Scholarship
Producing, Writing, Directing
Spencer MacKay, Windsor Junction,NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
LITERARY ARTS RECIPIENTS Creative Essay
K.R. Byggdin, Halifax
Peggy Walt, Halifax
Sidney Robichaud, Halifax,
MUSIC RECIPIENTS Brass – Euphonium
Ross Macintosh, Truro
Brass – Trumpet
Shaw Nicholson, Halifax
Kayleigh James, Halifax
Jessica MacIsaac, Halifax
Abby Hanson, Montague Gold Mines
Ella Hanson, Montague Gold Mines
Keyboard – Organ
Gabriel O'Brien, Halifax
Keyboard – Piano
Sherry Chen, Hammonds Plains
Natalia Comeau, Hammonds Plains
Devin Huang, Bedford
Lala Lee, Halifax
Carmen Peng, Wolfville
Chantal Peng, Wolfville
Alex Yang, Bedford
Lucas Goudie, Halifax
Strings – Cello
Jacob MacDonald, Upper Kennetcook,NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Strings – Violin
Kelvin Mansaray, Halifax
Voice - Opera
Rhian Merritt, Upper Tantallon
Natalie Mitchell, Halifax
Nicole Ross, New Glasgow
Abigail Sinclair, Halifax
Shanice Skinner, New Glasgow
Connie Young, Halifax
THEATRE RECIPIENTS Acting
Kevin Munroe, Sydney
Ryan MacDougall, Hammonds Plains
Deanna Mann, New Glasgow
Emily O’Leary, Glace Bay,NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Jillian Peters, Dartmouth
VISUAL/FINE ARTS RECIPIENTS Architecture
Charles Bourne, Halifax
Digital Media, Digital Illustration
Leena Elkhateeb, Bedford
Madeleine West, Halifax
Expanded Painting, Art History
Excel Garay, Halifax
Olivia Haill, Halifax
Jonah McKay, Canning
Hannah Craig, Halifax,NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship