Omega Talent Hunt is one of the many Internationally Mandated Programs through Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The purpose of the Omega Talent Hunt is to search for the best talent and provide exposure for the talented as well as the encouragement of such talent through scholarships and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Local winners in each of the seven categories receive cash awards. The overall winner is entered in and transported at our expense, into the five state regional competition. The regional winner receives $1000 and an all expenses paid trip to perform at Omega's National Convention.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Talent Hunt idea was created in the Fraternity's Sixth District (North and South Carolina) in 1945 and the first District Talent Hunt Program was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 19, 1946. The need for such a program was born out of the unequal opportunity afforded to some American youths to develop and give full expression to their talents.
The original statement of the Talent Hunt idea included this expression: "Creative and outstanding capacities in any honorable activity should be eligible for consideration." In presenting the first public program, the displays of talent were limited to the field of music. It is significant to note that prior to 1979, the Talent Hunt program had been a demonstration. It was in Denver, Colorado that the National Talent Hunt became a competitive event with money being awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners. The first winner in national competition was Adrain Walker, a violinist from Jackson, Mississippi representing the Seventh District.
The Talent Hunt Program of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has touched thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to make outstanding contributions to their communities and our world. Many have earned scholarships, awards, and recognition through exposure from this program. It is our quest as Omega men of substance to continue to grow in our unyielding commitment to support our youth.
Grand Prize Winner: Jose Colon* Contemporary Vocals *Due to Jose having a role in an upcoming Gevalia production, Zahra Rivera-Bellucci (the overall runner-up) will be representing Theta Omicron Chapter in the 2nd District Competition
Classical Vocals: 1st Place - Kathelyn Santiago 2nd Place - Adian Davidson
Contemporary Vocals: 1st Place - Jose Colon 2nd Place - Adrianna Lester
Classical Instrumentals: 1st Place - Zahra Rivera-Bellucci 2nd Place - none
Contemporary Instrumentals: 1st Place - none 2nd Place - none
Dramatic Interpretations: 1st Place - Indya Richards 2nd Place - Ayindie Muhammad
Dance: 1st Place - none 2nd Place - none Visual Arts: 1st Place - Kiera Cunningham 2nd Place - none