Shanice, a soprano born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2017.
Shanice was Nova Scotia’s alto selection for the 2014 National Youth Choir, and soprano for the 2016 National Youth Choir tour in Alberta. She won the Talent Trust Portia White award in 2016, and received a scholarship in 2018 to continue her voice studies.
Lee received the Talent Trust 2011 Canada Games Award in 2017, the year he began the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading in the UK, which is considered by many in the design industry as the best in the world.
He completed his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Design at NSCAD University, where he taught as a guest lecturer for two years prior to beginning his MA.
Born in Alberta, Charley moved to Nova Scotia to pursue her BFA at NSCAD University. She received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenant Governor Award.
Charley is a practing artist who teaches drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.
Ian received Talent Trust scholarships to pursue studies in dance. He trained at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, then attended Canada’s National Ballet School.
Ian began teaching ballet after touring with CATS in 2013, and relocated from London, UK back to Canada three years later.
Devin began playing piano in 2013 at the age of seven, and has won both awards and competitions since then.
He was the 2017 recipient of the first ever Gordon Murray rising Star Award, and one of the winners of the 2017/18 Chebucto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, an honour which gave him the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra in the spring of 2018.
Luciana received the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award in 2016. She completed her undergrad at Dalhousie University, then relocated to British Columbia to pursue her MFA in directing at UBC.
Luciana returned to Halifax in 2018 to participate in Neptune Theatre’s Chrysalis Project, which provides practical experience and mentorship to emerging theatre artists.
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Events — Portia White Gala Concert: November 30, 2018
This year's concert features Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale, the Sackville Concert Band, and a guest artist who is a previous recipient of the Talent Trust Portia White Award.
The proceeds go towards the Talent Trust's Portia White Award to assist a young Nova Scotia voice student, and also to support Dalhousie Medical Humanities-HEALS program initiatives that provide opportunities for health professions' students to enhance their training. The event is held at Faith Tabernacle Church in Halifax.
Events — Special Awards Ceremony December 11, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizes the Scholarship and Special Award recipients in December at the Halifax Central Library in a ceremony attended by His Honour, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Honorary Chair of the Talent Trust.
The Special Award winners are chosen from the field of successful scholarship recipients of a given year representing the artistic disciplines of music, literary arts, visual arts, circus arts, video/new media, dance, and theatre.
For the last 74 years the NSTT has supported emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies towards the ultimate goal of establishing professional careers in the arts.