**NEXT TALENT HUNT SPRING 2023**
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.
The Talent Hunt idea has become one of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's international projects, with all graduate chapters mandated to conduct an Annual Talent Hunt Program. On the local and district levels, the project is competitive. At the international level, the program is a demonstration.
The international program showcases district winners, who by their talent, diligence, ability, and potential appear as guests of the fraternity. At this stage of our growth, the Talent Hunt is proceeding on the international level along three lines:
1. At each session of the Grand Conclave, a Talent Hunt demonstration is presented to the public.
2. In addition, Omega is also interested in what it calls a "Fundamental Search for Talent."
Here is Fraternity hopes to develop the process and resources through which it can help discover and provide assistance, as may be needed, to young people who have shown and possess talents of outstanding and exceptional quality.
3. In our projected planning, we hope to further encourage the contestants on our Talent Hunt programs by recommending them to our Chapters and other organizations throughout the country.
All contestants must be in high school, grades 9 – 12. No students in grade 8 or below are eligible even if they attend a high school that has those grades!
All contestants must be present for the competition in order to win.
Each contestant must participate as a soloist. No group performances are allowed! One accompanist is allowed for each vocal or instrumental performance. Vocalists and instrumentalists may use pre-recorded music on CD. However, pre-recorded music may not contain any lead or background vocals!!
All contestants must enter to compete in only one of the seven categories: Classical instrumental; Classical vocal; Contemporary instrumental; Contemporary vocal; Dance – to include ballet, tap, or modern – no krumpin’, poppin’ or hip-hop; Dramatic interpretation; and Visual arts to include painting, drawing, and sculpture.
All performances must be memorized and must not include profanity or vulgar language.
All contestants must provide their instruments and any props needed for their performances. Easels and tables will be provided for visual artists to display their pieces.
All visual arts contestants must submit at least 3 pieces to be adjudicated, and no more than 5 pieces.
All contestants, including visual artists, must dress appropriately: Females – dress/gown and Males – dark suits with shirt and tie. NO JEANS OR SNEAKERS! Contestants in the dance or dramatic interpretation categories may dress according to their presentation.
All contestants must adhere to the performance time limits. All instrumental performers will have a maximum of 6 minutes. All other performers will have 4 minutes. Contestants will be penalized if they exceed the time limits.