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.
Participation in the Omega Talent Hunt is open for the following form of trained art:
Music: Vocal and instrumental - classical, semi-classical, gospel and jazz
Interpretive Movement to Music: Ballet, Modern Dance, and Tap
Speech: Poetry, Oration, Monologue, etc.
Visual Art: Sculpture, Photography, Drawing, and Painting
Basic Rules for Participation
Contestant must be a High School Student who has not advanced beyond a senior at time of the Local Talent Hunt
All presentations including instrumental numbers must be memorized and must be dignified and in good taste
Talent Hunt History
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 Adrian 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.