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.


Check back in late fall to find out about our 2015 deadlines!


Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Season Finale

Join Dinuk Wijeratne and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra for their season finale concerts!

Many former NSTT Scholarship Recipients are a part of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra.

The NSYO performs Dvorak’s New World Symphony on

Saturday, April 26 at Wolfville Baptist Church 

Sunday, April 27 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax

Both concerts take place at 7:00 pm.

NSYO will be performing 2014 Composer Competition winner Roydon Tse’s world premiere work Sinfonia Concertante for percussion ensemble and large orchestra. Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture begins the program, and also included is Bartok’s Hungarian Pictures. It promises to be an exciting finish to our 37th season!  Admission at the door is $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students.  

Call 423-5984 for more information.

Gwyneth Christoffel, film newest film, The Last Leafis screening in the ViewFinders festival

It will be screening at:
Elementary Shorts 1
Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing
Tuesday, April 8, 10:30am - Theatre 6
Elementary Shorts 1
Cineplex Park Lane
Friday, April 11, 10:30am - Theatre 3
Finalist Screening: NBCUniversal Film Competition (film will screen during People's Choice voting)
Cineplex Park Lane
Saturday, April 12, 7:00pm - Theatre 1

Pearl Chan launches The Impressment Gang

The Impressment Gang is a brand new not-for-profit Canadian literary magazine which runs quarterly out of Halifax, NS. The Impressment Gang is run by three Haligonian writers: Clay Everest, Cassie Guinan and Pearl Chan

Our mandate is to support Canadian literary scene by publishing fresh new fiction, poetry, and writing in general, as well as actively partaking in the field of literary criticism. We believe in our talent and intend to pay our writers as soon as we get onto our feet. Opens submissions begin summer 2014.

Check out our Indiegogo campaign for ways to support us currently at

Kritsty Depper at Anna Leonowens Gallery

1891 Granville Street, HalifaxKristy Depper Installation view

By Some Miracle

March 25 - April 5

The photographs in Kristy Depper’s MFA thesis exhibition delve into the world of infertility, mapping the products, treatment spaces and human body. Depper has created three works – one explores the vast array of fertility aids available both over the counter and online; another takes the viewer inside Canadian fertility clinics from coast to coast, documenting both the spaces and the treatments; the third maps estrogen levels with microscopic photographs of saliva, signaling the optimum moment for conception. 

Kristy Depper installation view   Kristy Depper installation view






Isaac Fresia at Anna Leonowens Gallery

1891 Granville Street, HalifaxIsaac Fresia


February 4 - 8, 2014

Opening Reception

Monday, February 3 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

There is a reluctance that exists around touching artwork. I have created a collection of kinetic objects composed of wood, metal, and plastics. Without a participant, the kinetic potential of each object remains dormant. It is up to the viewer to activate them.

Isaac Fresia

Isaac Fresia is the winner of the NSTT 2013 RBC Emerging Artist Award and 2011 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award.

Isaac Fresia Interaction detailIsaac Fresia Installation view








Ambera Wellmann is a part of Capture 2014:          Nova Scotia Realism

Dalhousie Art Gallery 6101 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4

Curated by Tom Smart and Peter Dykhuis

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday 16 January at 8 PM

Show Runs from 17 January to 9 March

The artists in the exhibition are: Alan Bateman, Douglas Boutilier, Malcolm Callaway, Anthony Clementi, Richard Davis, Tom Forrestall, Peter di Gesu, Susan Gibson, Christopher Gorey, Peter Gough, Adam Gunn, Paul Hannon, Ed Huner, Derrick Dale Johnson, Joy Snihur, Wyatt Laking, Gord MacDonald, Roy Mandell, Katie Melanson, Shelley Mitchell, Yanina Movchan, Onni Nordman, Jaye Ouellette, Susan Paterson, Mary Reardon, Steven Rhude, Anna Syperek, Tom Ward, and Ambera Wellmann.

More about the exhibition can be found at

Will Fisher Chords Quartet

Will Fisher winner of the 2008 Chico Berardi Award and Andrew Boudreau winner of the 2012 Chico Berardi Award perform toghether.

January 9th, 2014


Stayner's Wharf (Halifax, NS)

Event Link:


Returning to Stayner's Wharf for the first show of 2014, the Chords Quartet will feature a group led by Will Fisher, the 2008 Chico Berardi recipient and Andrew Boudreau, the 2012 Chico Berardi recipient, with well-known local Halifax musicians Geordie Haley (guitar) and Tom Easley (bass). The group will be showcasing a mixture of original music pulling from diverse influences of the classic, contemporary and world jazz scenes.


Find out more about those two friends from Truro by following this link.

Francesca Nardi and Lucas Porter 

to receive the first

2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Exellence Awards

The 2011 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 awarded every December for the next ten years and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program. In its inaugural year the two $10,000 awards were received by Halifax flamenco dancer Francesca Nardi and classical pianist Lucas Porter from Port Williams.

Jean-Paul Deveau and Francesca NardiPhoto: Jean-Paul Deveau (Chair, 2011 Canada Games Host Society) with Francesca Nardi, flamenco dancer from Halifax







Photo: His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Lucas Porter


Photo: His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia with Lucas Porter, classical pianist from Port Williams






Please find a list of all 2013 Award Recipients here.

Posted December 17, 2013

Congratulation to all 2013 NSTT Special Awards and Scholarship Recipients!

2013 Award and Scholarship Recipients with Their Honours.


Posted December 17, 2013

Thank You Suzanne Rigden!

Your performance at the Portia White Award Gala Concert by Dalhousie's Music in Medicine Program was fantastic. Thank you to the Dalhousie Medical Choir, the Sackville Concert Band, the many volunteers involved and especially to Dr. Gerri Frager, Ana Bela Sardinha, David Elliott, Jim Forde, Bryan Crocker, and the Rigden family.

Suzanne's website.

Suzanne Rigden with mother and Adrian Hoffman, Chair NSTT

Photo: Suzanne Rigden with her mother (first row) and Adrian Hoffman, Chair NSTT



Portia White Award Gala Concert

Dalhousie Music in Medicine - Twelve Years of Supporting “Tomorrow’s Artists Today”

Friday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Faith Tabernacle Church
, Halifax
(corner of Windsor and Summit Streets)
Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $15 for Students/Seniors

Tickets can now be purchased online and will also be available at the door. Eventbrite - Portia White Gala Concert 2013

The Portia White Gala concert will feature the Dalhousie Health Professions Choral and EnsemblesSusan Rigden and the Sackville Concert Band in an eclectic program that ranges from traditional chorale works to Disney to polkas to Christmas music. Suzanne Rigden, soprano, the 2007 Portia White Award winner will be performing as our special guest artist.

Proceeds of this concert go to support a young Nova Scotian musician through the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. The NSTT was started in 1944 to assist the career of Portia White and has continued in its support of talented Nova Scotian artists in their formative years. The Dalhousie University Humanities-HEALS Program is pleased to be able to make a yearly contribution to this worthy cause.

Cindy Thong, piano to perform with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra

Truro: First United Church, 711 Prince Street

Cindy Thong

Malcolm Forsyth Natal Landscapes
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Featuring 2013 NSYO Concerto Competition Winner Cindy Thong
Brahms Symphony No. 2

Truro: First United Church, 711 Prince Street
November 23, 2013, 2:00 PM **Afternoon concert**

Halifax: St. Andrew's United Church, 6036 Coburg Road
November 24, 2013, 7:00 PM
The following NSTT scholarship recipients are a part of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra as well:
Lilith Richter-Stephenson, Violin, Amelia Bruce, Flute, Adrienne Richey, Flute, Ruth Post, Oboe,

You can find more information at

Lucas Porter (NSTT Lieutenant Governor Award 2011) plays Chopin on November 21, 2013


Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Nathan Brock, conductor
Lucas Porter (left), piano 

Prokofiev: Classical Symphony 
Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2

John Weinzweig: “Edge of the World”
Haydn: Symphony no. 103 “Drumroll”

Nova Scotia piano prodigy Lucas Porter is the two-time winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the youngest student of the Glenn Gould School to ever win its prestigious Concerto Competition. In 2011, he was awarded the NSTT Lieutenant Governor Award. Now, Lucas returns to Symphony Nova Scotia to perform one of Chopin’s best-loved works, the brilliant Piano Concerto no. 2. The orchestra also takes on dramatic symphonies by Haydn and Prokofiev, all under the direction of the Montreal Symphony’s rising star conductor, Nathan Brock.

Tickets for this concert are on sale now! Pick up single tickets, or buy a ticket package to save up to 30% and receive special benefits and rewards. 

Ambera Wellmann shows at Page and Strange Gallery

Posted: October 30, 2013

Ambera Wellmann, visual artist

I received an Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant last spring and am putting the final touches on the work for an exhibit at Page and Strange Gallery, Halifax that opens on November 1st.  Then I'm off to Finland for an artist residency at the Arteles Creative Centre, and after that, South Korea!

I'm so grateful for the support I received from NSTT during those early years of my development in school.  It ended up influencing the amount of time I was able to spend on my work during that period and had such positive lasting effects.

Kindest regards, Ambera Wellmann

Find Ambera's work here:

Francesca Nardi - Nova Scotia Talent Trust's First Goodwill Ambassador

Francesca Nardi, photo by Joeri Coppens

October 22, 2013
We have the pleasure to announce our first Goodwill Ambassador. Francesca is a three time NSTT Scholarship Recipient and the 2012 NSTT Robert G. Jackson Award winner. Her passion and dedication in flamenco dance paid off this summer when she was awarded a Gold Scholarship from the faculty of El Ciclo Dedicado a La Formacion Completa Del Baile Flamenco in Madrid, Spain. This is a full tuition scholarship for the 2014 program.
Francesca Nardi:
"For a young artist trying to study and improve, an NSTT Scholarship can be the doorway to opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has helped me to study in Spain three times now, and helped me become a better rounded flamenco dancer and performer. I have been able to bring what I have learned back to Nova Scotia, and share my experience with the flamenco community as a teacher and performer. More than just financial help, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust community has given me endless moral support and encouragement. Nothing has been more motivating than having professional artists rooting for my success and believing in my potential.
Please consider supporting the Nova Scotia Talent Trust's mandate to help emerging artists like me to fulfill their dream to become professional artists."

Francesca Nardi will help to spread the word about the Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s mandate of helping tomorrow’s artists today.

I like to thank photographer Joeri Coppens, Halifax for his generosity in giving us permission to use the beautiful photo showing Francesca Nardi at the 2013 Multicultural Festival. More of Joeri's photowork can be found here.

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