Monday, December 14, 2015

Nova Scotia Talent Trust awards over $32,000 to 2015 Special Award Recipients at today's Special Awards Ceremony

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) recognized the 2015 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14 at Halifax Central Library in a ceremony attended by His Honour Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.


Aliah SchwartzCreated to support the career of contralto Portia White 71 years ago, the NSTT has continued to support emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies toward establishing professional careers in the arts.

One such gifted artist is Canning choreographer and dancer Aliah Schwartz, who will receive the $1,500 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the NSTT’s highest honour for a student in any discipline.  Schwartz is currently in her second year studying for her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in Montreal.  


Presented for the first time in 2013, the two 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 until 2022 and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program.

Erin AtkinsonThe two $10,000 awards in 2015 will be received by Amherst ballet dancer Erin Atkinson and visual artist Isaac Fresia from Oxford.

Erin Atkinson (Amherst) is currently in her seventh year studying ballet at the Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet in Winnipeg.




Isaac Fresia 
(Oxford), who recently graduated with his BFA from NSCAD, is in his first year at Dalhousie University, studying for his Bachelors of Environmental Design, followed by his Masters in Architecture.







The other Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists, are

Sarah MacLeodVisual artist Sarah MacLeod (New Minas) is the recipient of the $1,000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and just finished her BFA degree (Interdisciplinary) at NSCAD, and is currently participating in the NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney. (Award supported by Charlotte Wilson-Hammond and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.)


Lindsay Connolly, 2015 NSTT Portia White AwardSinger Lindsay Connolly (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,500 Portia White Award for voice. She studied voice this past summer at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and is in her final year at Dalhousie University (Fountain School of Performing Arts) studying for her BMus in Vocal Performance. (Award supported by the Music-in-Medicine and Humanities-HEALS Program, Dalhousie University.)




Niamh Perrins, 2015 Robert G. Jackson AwardBallet dancer Niamh Perrins (Wolfville) is the recipient of the $1,500 Robert George Jackson Award for dance and studied ballet at the National Ballet School in Toronto this past summer. (Award supported by the Jackson family.)







Holly Rice, 2015 RBC Emerging Artist AwardWriter Holly Rice (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,500 RBC Emerging Artist Award for literary arts and is studying fiction in her first year of a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at The New School in New York City. (Award supported by RBC Emerging Artist Program.)






Laura Vingoe-Cram, 2015 NSTT Theatre NS AwardTheatre director Laura Vingoe-Cram (Dartmouth) is the recipient of the $1,000 Theatre Nova Scotia Award for theatre and recently completed her MA in Classical and Contemporary Text (Directing) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland. (Award supported by Theatre Nova Scotia.)







Emery Van de Wiel, 2015 Raymond Simpson AwardFlautist Emery Van de Wiel (Antigonish) is the recipient of the $1,000 Raymond Simpson Award for music and is in his third year studying for his Bachelor of Music in flute at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)




Adam Clarke, 2015 Kenneth Elloway AwardClassical guitarist and composer Adam Clarke (Kingston) is the recipient of the $750 Kenneth Elloway Award for classical performance. He has recently finished his Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Music Composition and Classical Guitar at Acadia University, and this past summer took part in the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium/Festival in Germany. 
(Award supported by the Elloway family.) 




Erin Atkinson, 2015 Janice Flemming AwardBallet dancer Erin Atkinson (Amherst) is the recipient of the $1000 Janice Merritt Flemming Award and is currently i
n her seventh year studying ballet at the Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet. (Award supported by the Flemming family.)







Andrew Machum, 2015 Chico Berardi AwardSinger and songwriter Andrew Machum (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Chico Berardi Award and is currently in his second year studying Vocal Performance, Music Engineering and Production 
at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. (Award supported by Music Nova Scotia.)





LaLa Lee, 2015 Tietje Zonneveld AwardClassical pianist LaLa Lee (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Tietje Zonneveld Award and is studying privately with Professor Lynn Stodola in Halifax. (Award supported by Tietje Zonneveld.)








In addition to the Special Awards announced today, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust gave out scholarships to 49 recipients earlier this year. 

The NSTT’s scholarship application deadline date for Spring/Summer study is March 1, 2016 and for Fall/Winter study it is May 1, 2016.

The NSTT is supported by the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, RBC Foundation, Music Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, immediaC, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Norex,ca, NSTT Foundation, Dalhousie Music in Medicine HEALS Program, Support4Culture, Halifax Municipality, Business for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and Arts Nova Scotia.  The NSTT is pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Win a Fabulous Basket of Art

Take a chance to win unique art and dinning experiences. Priceless! 
All proceeds are going towards the NSTT Scholarship Fund.
Draw is on December 14, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Gaming License No. AGD-107506-15
Value of Basket of Art is at $2,600. Have a look below what our friends from the arts community and beyond have contributed.
Online purchases of raffle tickets until December 11, 2015.
We are only allowed to sell raffle tickets to residents of Nova Scotia.
You can purchase raffle tickets in person at our
Special Awards Ceremony on December 14, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. 


Thank you! Together we are able to help tomorrow's artists today.
Get your raffle ticket today at
http://nstalenttrust.ns.ca/Support-Us/Basket-of-Art/
(The link above will lead you to our website and from there to PayPal where you can pay with your credit card or through your personal PayPal account.)
Thank You to all our friends from the arts community and beyond for their generous contributions.
Aeolian Singers 2 CDs: Here I Live and A Woman's Voice aeoliansingers.ca 
Alex E. Pierce, book: Vox Humana ealexpierce.com
Atlantic Film Festival: 2 “Festival Experience” passes for 2016 atlanticfilm.com
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Complimentary Family Membership for 2016 
artgalleryofnovascotia.ca
Blue Engine String Quartet, 2 CDs: Christmas and If it be Your Will  
blueenginestringquartet.com
Candice Prior, jewelry candice-j-prior
Cecilia Concerts: 2 tickets for each of the 7 Cecilia Concert Series concerts in 2016
stcecilia.ca
Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, limited edition of Giclée monoprint
charlottewilsonhammond.net
Debut Atlantic: ticket for two valid for the 2016/17 concert season debutatlantic.ca
Gypsophilia, 2 CDs: Constellation and Night Swimming gypsophilia.org
Halifax Dance: 10% off on Adult Recreational Program  and Free PD-Day Camp
hfxdance.ca
Ironworks, Lunenburg: Gift Certificate ironworksdistillery.com
Jacqueline Steudler, original art work jacquelinesteudler.com 
Jenni Blackmore, 2 books: The Moon Egg and One jenniblackmore
Life Art Dance Productions: 2 tickets to any Life Art Dance show in their 2015/16 season liveartdance.ca
Memory Lane Heritage Village, Lake Charlotte: Family Pass for Heritage Village Tour & Chow Special plus 1940's Webber Family Paper Dolls heritagevillage.ca 
Musique Royale: 2 tickets to Lunenburg concert on February 25, 2016 musiqueroyale.com
Neptune Theatre: pair of tickets to any show of 2 Pianos 4 Hands 
neptunetheatre.com
Rhapsody Quintet CD: Passion rhapsodyquintet.com
Rime Restaurant & Wine Bar, Lunenburg: dinner for two rimerestaurant.ca
Symphony Nova Scotia: 2 tickets to Symphonic Schubert, January 14, 2016
symphonynovascotia.ca
Tangled Garden Gift Shop, Wolfville: Dazzling Damson Plum Liqueur 
tangledgardenherbs.ca
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, Canning: 2 tickets to the summer season 2016 twoplanks.ca
Thank you for purchasing a raffle ticket and supporting tomorrow's artists today.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Portia White Gala Concert with Erin Sparks on November 27 in Halifax

Erin Sparks, mezzo-soprano, NSTT Portia White Award winner 2003, 2004 and 2005We hope you join us for the 

Portia White Gala Concert

with Special Guest performance by Erin Sparks, mezzo-soprano and three time NSTT Portia White Award winner

Friday, November 27, 2015

7: 30 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle

6225 Summit Street, Halifax

Tickets are $15 for all.

Use our Eventbrite online ticketing service: http://tiny.cc/Portia2015 
 or printed tickets can be obtained from chorale and band members, or reserved
through the Medical Humanities office at (902) 494-1533 or at medhuman(at)dal.ca.
 
The Portia White Gala concert will feature the Dalhousie Health Professions Choral and Ensembles and the Sackville Concert Band. The evening’s entertainment promises a wide variety of repertoire including some seasonal favorites.
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.
We would like to thank Dr. Wendy Stewart, Ana Bela Sardinha, David Elliott, Bryan Crocker, Jim Forde, and Erin Sparks, the choir members, and the many volunteers that will make the concert yet another memorable event.

During the intermission you will be able to treat yourself again to Bill Chaddock's fine fudge in support of the NSTT's Programs. Portia White's family has donated 100 CDs of 'Portia White - First You Dream' to the NSTT. The CD is a compilation of three concerts featuring contralto Portia White. They can be purchased for $20 with all proceeds going towards the Portia White Award. Thank you Bill Chaddock, Chris White and the whole White family for your generous support.
 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Katrina Westin to perform in 'Romeo et Juliette' on November 28 and 29, 2015


Thank you for promoting our tour
Photocredit: Brent Calis
of 'Romeo et Juliette' on the NSTT blog.  I wouldn’t be performing with Jeunesses Musicales Canada if it wasn’t for the support of NSTT in the past and I'm very excited that we are bringing this production to Halifax.

Katrina
Katrina Westin will perform in Romeo et Juliette with Jeunesses Musicales Canada on 
November 28 at 2 p.m. in Wolfville at the Festival Theatre and
November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Halifax at 
the McNally Theatre - Saint Mary's University. 

First on the left Marcel D'Entremont and second from right Katrina Westin
One other cast member is Marcel D'Entremont, NSTT 2013 Portia White Award winner. 



Saturday, November 21, 2015

Erin Sparks to perform at the Portia White Gala Concert on November 27 in Halifax

We hope you join us for the 

Portia White Gala Concert

with Special Guest performance by Erin Sparks, mezzo-soprano

Friday, November 27, 2015

7: 30 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle 

6225 Summit Street, Halifax

Tickets are $15 for all.
Use our Eventbrite online ticketing service: http://tiny.cc/Portia2015 
 or printed tickets can be obtained from chorale and band members, or reserved
through the Medical Humanities office at (902) 494-1533 or at medhuman(at)dal.ca.

Erin Sparks, mezzo-soprano, NSTT Portia White Award winner 2003, 2004 and 2005Nova Scotian mezzo-soprano Erin Sparks received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Darryl Edwards. 

Prior to her masters, Erin completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Toronto and received a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University. Erin has been the recipient of various awards such as the Portia White Award in 2003, 2004 and 2005 from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust as well as many other scholarships from both Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. 

Enjoying a varied career of recitals, oratorio and opera, a recent highlight includes performing the role of Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo with Opera Nova Scotia. 
Also an established arts administrator, Erin has worked for numerous arts organizations in Canada. In 2008 she was hired as an Artist Representative with Andew Kwan Artists Management Inc. In Toronto, ON and in 2011, received the award of Emerging Agent of the Year from the Ontario Contact organization. 

Having returned to Nova Scotia, Erin was delighted to join Debut Atlantic as their Program Officer and continue her work in the field of classical music.
The Portia White Gala concert will feature the Dalhousie Health Professions Choral and Ensembles and the Sackville Concert Band. The evening’s entertainment promises a wide variety of repertoire including some seasonal favorites.
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.
We would like to thank Dr. Wendy Stewart, Ana Bela Sardinha, David Elliott, Bryan Crocker, Jim Forde, and Erin Sparks, the choir members, and the many volunteers that will make the concert yet another memorable event.

During the intermission you will be able to treat yourself again to Bill Chaddock's fine fudge in support of the NSTT's Programs. Portia White's family has donated 100 CDs of 'Portia White - First You Dream' to the NSTT. The CD is a compilation of three concerts featuring contralto Portia White. They can be purchased for $20 with all proceeds going towards the Portia White Award. Thank you Bill Chaddock, Chris White and the whole White family for your generous support.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Suzanne Rigden, soprano home for Opera Nova Scotia Recital on Friday, November 6, 2015

Suzanne Rigden, one of the brightest new singing stars on the Canadian opera scene, will return to her native HRM to offer the Opera Nova Scotia Distinguished Artist Recital, 
Friday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Halifax.

The brilliant and vivacious young soprano will sing a program of lyric concert repertoire and virtuoso operatic solos. A special highlight will be Zerbinetta’s Aria from Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, perhaps the most challenging feat in opera. Her pianist will be Tara Scott.

Suzanne Rigden is a NSTT scholarship recipient and the winner of the 2007 NSTT Portia White Award

The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts,     
6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax


Tickets available at the door or through Opera NS Office 902-425-8586
General Admission $35.00 (incl. HST and $10 tax receipt) Students $5.00

Friday, October 30, 2015

LaLa Lee plays Shostakovich with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra


LaLa Lee, piano will play Shostakovich with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra.

Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. at
the deCoste Centre in New Glasgow

Sunday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. at
St. Matthew's Church, Halifax

For more information please go to: http://novascotiayouthorchestra.com/concerts/15-16/fall2015.html


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Portia White one of the inductee to the Music Hall of Fame at Casino Nova Scotia

Portia White, contralto and Nova Scotia Talent Trust's first scholarship recipient in 1944 will be one of the five inductee into the Music Hall of Fame at Casino Nova Scotia.

Reeny Smith who won the NSTT Portia White Award in 2010 will be on stage at the Inductee Gala to pay tribute to Portia White as well as the other inductee which are Rita MacNeil, Anne Murray, John Allan Cameron, and Brookes Diamond Productions (Brookes and Fiona Diamond).
 
Inductee Gala at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax
November 1, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Schooner Showroom

Tickets:Casino Nova Scotia Price:$50 (plus tax & service charge)

From Casino NS website:
The Music Hall of Fame will celebrate Atlantic Canadian musicians and industry leaders who have attained commercial success and continue to have a positive impact on the Atlantic Canadian music scene locally, nationally and internationally. The Music Hall of Fame will be a place where Nova Scotians, tourists, fans and history buffs can learn about the history of music from Atlantic Canada and the significance of our music and artists (past and present) on the world stage.

Credit to Casino Nova Scotia at http://www.casinonovascotia.com/event/music-hall-of-fame-inductee-gala/

http://www.casinonovascotia.com/event/music-hall-of-fame-inductee-gala/

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Katie Cochrane to play Sister Margaretta in "The Sound of Music"

Broadway Atlantic Theatre will present "The Sound of Music", as their inaugural performance at 
Katie Cochrane


The Spatz Theatre in Halifax
November 
12-14 & 20-22 

Under the direction of Nina Scott-Stoddart and featuring a talented and experienced troupe of Atlantic Canadian performers, musicians and technicians.

2015 scholarship recipient, Katie Cochrane will be playing the role of Sister Margaretta. 

For more information visit the Broadway Atlantic website:
http://www.broadwayatlantic.com/the-sound-of-music/ 

or the Broadway Atlantic Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/broadwayatlantictheatre?fref=ts

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jeff Joudrey and Halifax Camerata Singers to launch new CD 'A Time For All Things'


Congratulations to Artistic Director, Jeff Joudrey (former NSTT scholarship recipient) and the Halifax Camerata Singers to the launch of their new CD A Time For All Things  

October 15, 2015
at 6:30 pm

Paul O'Regan Hall

Halifax Central Library














Find out more at http://www.halifaxcamerata.org/content/

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shandi Mitchell, filmmaker wins two Film Prices at the 2015 Lunenburg Doc Fest

Shandi Mitchell - Photo credit: Alan MacLeod
Shandi Mitchell's Tell Me won the Best Short Film and the Best Atlantic Short Film prices at the Lunenburg Doc Fest. Tell Me explores a daughter and father relationship. 

In the Lunenburg Doc Fest's press release Shandi states: The Lunenburg Doc Festival has been an exceptional experience of extraordinary people, remarkable stories, and a town with a heart as big as the sea that pulses with art, culture, and heritage. 

Congratulations Shandi!

You can find more about Shandi at http://www.shandimitchell.com/

and more about the Lunenburg Doc Fest
at http://www.lunenburgdocfest.com/

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Congratulations Lukas Pearse for winning Best Atlantic Original Score at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival

Lukas Pearse at https://soundcloud.com/lukas-pearse
Lukas Pearse @ https://soundcloud.com/lukas-pearse
Former NSTT scholarship recipient Lukas Pearse with Mike Ritchie won the Best Atlantic Orginal Score at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival for North Mountain.

This award is sponsored by Hideout Studios and entails $500 cash and $5,000 services.

Lukas Pearse is a Bassist/ Media Artist/ Composer / Sound Editor  in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lukas is the musical director of Upstream Music and has done video and sound scores for dancers, theatre work, and film. http://lukaspearse.ca/

Lukas will perform with guitarist Geordie Haley and drummer Damien Moynihan for the delegates at the Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference held in Halifax from October 16-18.

Congratulations to all the Atlantic Film Festival winners. You can find them at: http://atlanticfilm.com/media/archive/winners-35th-atlantic-film-festival-announced#sthash.ulUwAkN0.dpuf

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gwyneth Christoffel's film 'LIV' at the Atlantic Film Festival

Gwyneth Christoffel wrote and directed 'LIV' while in her last year at UAT. The film will screen at the Atlantic Film Festival as part of the NextGen Shorts on

Monday, Sep 21 at 9:30 p.m. and
Thursday, Sep 24 at 4:30 p.m. at

Cineplex Cinema Park Lane in Halifax.

More information about Gwyneth can be found at her website: http://gwynethchristoffel.com/
or for tickets go to: http://www.atlanticfilm.com/festivals/atlantic-film-festival/2015-program-guide

Monday, September 14, 2015

Edward Enman is the winner of the NSYC National Composition Competition

Edward Enman, composer is the
Edward Enman, composer
winner of the 
Nova Scotia Choral Federation's 2015 National Composition Competition


The Nova Scotia Youth Choir will be premiering the piece entitled "Time's Small Space" during their fall tour.

You can hear it on 
September 19 at 7:30 p.m. 
at First Baptist Church, Halifax 

and September 20 at 3:00 p.m. at Wolfville Baptist Church.

In addition to his musical life, Edward is also an avid runner and on August 30, 2015 he ran and finished the Quebec City Marathon for the 2nd time. 

Congratulations Edward on all your achievements!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jennifer King, piano will perform in Cape Breton

Former scholarship recipient Jennifer King, piano will be performing with Curtis Dietz, trumpet at

Colouratura Fine Art Gallery

Sunday, September 13 at
8:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by phone
+1-902-929-2324

More information can be found at the Colouratura Fine Art Gallery website.

Colouratura Fine Art Gallery
45943 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
NS, B0C 1H0

Monday, August 31, 2015

Corinne Dunphy's film 'Chase the Ace' at the Atlantic Film Festival

Corinne Dunphy's film will be shown at the Atlantic Film Fest Reel East Coast Gala which is a part of the Atlantic Film Festival.


Chase of Ace can be seen on
September 20, 2015 and
September 24, 2015

at Park Lane Cinema in Halifax


Synopsis:
There's no job too big for the volunteers at the Havre Boucher community centre. This short gives the viewer a glimpse into the exciting 50/50 fundraiser that became all the buzz in eastern Nova Scotia this year. CHASE THE ACE is a slice of life film shining light on the community, and believing you're only 1 number away from that dream home, boat or trip!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Film students are eligible for the Lunenburg Doc Fest Bursary

If you know a student, residing in Nova Scotia, who is planning to attend postsecondary film studies, please let them now about  the $1,000 bursary being offered by Lunenburg Doc Fest. 


Deadline to apply is September 16

The bursary application can be found at:
http://www.lunenburgdocfest.com/bursary/

Lunenburg Doc Fest takes place September 25-27 in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Congratulations LaLa Lee for winning 3rd place at the 2015 National Music Festival

LaLa Lee, piano 
Nova Scotia had some wonderful young amateur musicians win at the 45th annual Federation of Canadian Music Festivals' National Music Festival

Third place award ($500) went to LaLa Lee, piano (Halifax)
and violinist TaTan Huang (Hubley)

Talented youth from across the country have spent the past year giving their all in competing and winning at their local and provincial music festivals, culminating in the recent National Music Festival in Edmonton (Alberta), August 13-15. 

Each province could send only one representative for each of the nine disciplines: brass, piano, woodwinds, musical theatre, classical guitar, voice, percussion, chamber groups, and strings. A total of 57 musicians attended the competition representing 10 provinces.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Claire Ahern at National Music Festival in Edmonton


Claire Ahern
Claire Ahern, NSTT's 2014 Raymond Simpson Award winner will be representing Nova Scotia in the woodwind category at the National Music Festival happening in Edmonton,
August 13-15, 2015

All the best Claire, for a successful Festival!

From the National Music Festival Press Release:
To compete at the National Music Festival, the musicians had to first perform and receive a first-place standing in one of Canada’s 233 local music festivals, and then perform and be recommended to Nationals from their Provincial Music Festival. They will compete for cash awards in nine different categories: voice, piano, strings, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, chamber groups, and musical theatre.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Patrick Simms, tenor to perform in Susannah

Susannah is one of the greatest American operas:  short and packed with accessible, passionate music. Performances take place on 
Saturday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m.


at Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax (The Theatre is part of the Dalhousie Arts Centre)

Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Workshop educates and develops both singers and audiences through the performance of operatic repertoire.  For eleven seasons, HSOF has presented fully staged operas each summer, giving singers from university undergrads to professionals opportunities to learn roles in the context of performing an entire, full-staged opera. Participants are selected from live or recorded auditions and participate in rehearsals and master classes on everything from auditioning techniques to dramatic and musical interpretations by seasoned pros.  HSOF is a not-for-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors, based in Lunenburg and Halifax.  You can find out all the details at www.halifaxsummeroperafestival.com 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ellen Gibling to perform at Music at Three Churches in Mahone Bay

Music at Three Churches (www.threechurches.com) presents the second concert in their summer series with a Flute, Viola and Harp Trio on 
Photo credit: www.EllenGibling.ca
Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
at Trinity United Church, Mahone Bay

Featured performers are Jack Chen (Flute), Susan Sayle(Viola) and Ellen Gibling (Harp). Featured composers are Bach, Ravel and Debussy, as well as Marjan Mozetich and others.
Ellen Gibling is a classical and Celtic harpist who has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, the World Youth Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She holds an undergraduate degree in harp performance from McGill University, and is a member of Halifax-based bands The Heavy Blinkers and Zulkamoon. She teaches privately and has taught at Acadia University also.

All tickets to the performances are $20 and free for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door of the church on the night of the performance or in advance at Kinburn Pharmasave (Mahone Bay), Shop on the Corner (Lunenburg) or Strings and Things (Bridgewater).  To reserve tickets, please call (902) 634-4280 or email threechurches9@gmail.com
. Visit the website for more information at www.threechurches.com.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Marty Williams performs with his band Ced, Marty & Dave at the Halifax Jazz Festival

Former NSTT Board member Marty Williams will perform with
Photo Credit: Ced Upshaw, Marty Williams, Dave Skinner

Ced, Marty & Dave at the

TD Halifax Jazz Festival

Sunday, July 12 

at 2 p.m.

at the Hydrostone Park (corner of Gottingen and Young Street)



There will be acts on before and after them so you can make an afternoon of it. It's a free concert.




From the TD Halifax Jazz Festival website:
Under the influence of Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams, 2015’s African Nova Scotia Music Award Rising Stars play concert halls, living rooms and everything between. Ced, Marty & Dave cover but don’t copy, taking classic heart-filled, grit-soaked songs and arranging them in their unique blues-style, always leaving room for their original material, sharing stories of life and love. Personnel: Ced Upshaw (voice/guitar), Marty Williams (voice/harmonica), Dave Skinner (voice/percussion)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Reeny Smith at the Halifax Jazz Festival, July 12, 2015


Experience Reeny Smith live on

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Main Stage at 5 p.m.

Part of the Free Concert Series

From the Halifax Jazz Festival website:

HALLELUJAH PRAISE CHOIR FEATURING REENY SMITH AND FRIENDS (Halifax, NS)
5:00 PM | gospel
The Hallelujah Praise Choir will bend your ear with over 50 singers from North Preston’s Saint Thomas Baptist Church, performing modern and traditional songs in jazz-influenced four-part harmonies. Reeny Smith is one of Nova Scotia’s most exciting young voices and the winner of 2014’s Galaxie Rising Star Award, and 2015’s African Nova Scotia Music Association’s Artist of the Year. Prepare for goosebumps.

More information about Reeny can be found at her website: http://www.iamreeny.com

Friday, June 26, 2015

Patrick Simms, voice and Kailan Fournier-Poteet, clarinetist perform at RBC Waterside Centre, Halifax Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Please consider to drop into the RBC Waterside Centre in Halifax on

Tuesday, June 30 from 
Patrick Simms
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

NSTT Scholarship Recipients:
Kailan Fournier-Poteet, clarinetist (2015 Scholarship Recipient)
Patrick Simms, tenor (2013 - 2015 Scholarship Recipient)

will perform to thank RBC for their ongoing support of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

We thank Gregory Myra who agreed to accompany Kailan and Patrick.

Kailan Fournier-Poteet

The concert will be held in the foyer of the branch at
RBC
Waterside Centre
100-1871 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS
   
This concert is free and open to all.

Please come and enjoy!            

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grand Piano Dedication Concert with Peter Allen at Halifax Central Library

Peter Allen: www.peterallenpiano.com
Peter Allen and Rhapsody Quintet will perform in the acoustically beautiful Paul O’Regan Hall to honour Peggy Corkum for her generous gift to the Library and for her legacy of supporting music in our city. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015
3:00 pm
Halifax Central
 Library

This is a free concert; open to the public.
(doors open at 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Katie Cochrane, soprano performs in the musical Oklahoma!

Katie Cochrane, soprano


Thanks to the support of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust I am currently at the six week intensive NUOVA Opera and Musical Theatre Festival in Edmonton, Alberta.
This week we open one of the main stage shows, where I am playing Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! 
Thanks so much,
Katie Cochrane

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