Four talented young people with Kings County connections were recognized by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) on Dec. 16.
Among those who received scholarships and special awards at Government House was pianist Lucas Porter of Port Williams. Porter is currently studying for his Masters of Music in Performance (piano) degree at the University of Montreal.
Lt.-Gov J.J. Grant presented him one of two Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards, valued at $10,000 each.
These new prizes can be awarded to any recipient, regardless of age, from any artistic discipline, who best exemplifies the qualities embraced by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, along with 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 10 years and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program.
The other special award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists, were Acadia School of Music graduates Marcel d’Entremont and Rosanna Harris. D’Entremont, a Merigomish native, is the recipient of the $1,500 Portia White Award for voice. He is currently studying for his Masters of Music in a voice/opera degree at the University of Toronto.
Harris, another singer, is the recipient of the $1,200 Maritime Association of Teachers of Singing (MATS) Award for voice. She is currently finishing her Masters of Music Solo Performance degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.
Choreographer Aliah Schwartz, 16, of Canning was the recipient of the $1,500 Robert George Jackson Award for dance.
She danced this summer at Toronto Dance Theatre. Schwartz, who is home schooled, is currently studying at both Cadance in New Minas and Halifax Dance, where she is also part of the Halifax Dance Young Company.
Chris O’Neill, Aliah’s mother, said that nine of this year's scholarship winners have taken programs at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
Created to support the career of contralto Portia White almost 70 years ago, the NSTT has continued to support emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies toward establishing professional careers in the arts.
The trust’s scholarship application deadline date for spring/summer study is March 1, 2014 and for fall/winter study it is May 1, 2014.