The Talent Hunt program of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is one of several national programs designed to identify and support the youth of our nation and the world. While the idea was conceived in 1945, the first District Talent Hunt program was held in the Sixth District 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 youth to develop and give full expression to their talents.
For over 70 years, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. has sponsored their International Talent Hunt Showcase. The program was started to give high school students an opportunity to showcase their talents in several different disciplines. Today, students perform in vocal, instrumental, dance, spoken word, and visual arts categories.
The Mu Mu Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., located in North Houston, TX, has been an active participant in the Talent Hunt program since the chapter was chartered and will continue offering the opportunity for local students to participate in and gain exposure through this noble project.
The Talent Hunt Idea has become one of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's National 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 National level, the program is both competitive and demonstrative. The National Program is made up of 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 Idea is proceeding on the National 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 the 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. The field of interest will not be limited to music but all areas of the performing arts.
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 United States for presentations in their respective communities.
Talent Hunt Contestants that advance at the local level has the opportunity to perform at the Fraternity district meeting. There are cash prizes at all levels, including the International level. The individual that represents the local chapter will be provided with lodging and meals. The Talent Hunt Program has been very rewarding to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and much-talented youth. We will continue to search for and support our gifted youth.
The Mu Mu Nu Local Talent Hunt Competition is conducted electronically by online audition submittals only.
TRAINED ART DISCIPLINES
1.Music: Vocal and instrumental; classical, semi-classical, gospel and jazz. A printed copy of the music (score) is required
for the judges to analyze.
2. Interpretive Movement to Music: ballet, modern dance, and tap.
3. Speech: Poetry, oration, monologue, etc. (Printed script should be provided for each judge to analyze)
4. Visual Art: Sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting. (3 to 5 pieces for judging)
1. Contestant must be a high school student who has not advanced beyond a senior at the time of the local Talent Hunt Program.
2. Contestants who are “Home Schooled” must present verification from their school district that they are enrolled as a high school student at the time of the local
Talent Hunt Program.
3. All presentations including instrumental numbers must be memorized and must be dignified and in good taste. Presentations which are not memorized cannot be
considered for a 1st place.
4. Track music may be used for accompaniment as long as there is no lead instrumental or background vocals included on
THE DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMITTALS IS JANUARY 18, 2020
If you are a high school student and have talent in any of the disciplines mentioned, follow the 3 EASY STEPS below:
Step 1: Click the button below to download the Application and Parental Consent forms.
Step 2: Complete the Application and have your parent or guardian fill out, sign the Parental Release and Consent Form.
Step 3: Submit your Application, Consent Form and Audition File through the button below. (Max. 4 minutes)
Audition files will be reviewed and three finalists will be awarded a monetary prize, however, the top two finalists will be chosen to represent the Mu Mu Nu Chapter and perform in the Southeast Texas Regional Competition with a chance to move on to the District, and International Competition levels. The Southeast Texas Regional Talent Hunt is scheduled to take place on February 23, 2019, at the University of Houston. Contestants must be in high school at the time of the event.
LOCAL COMPETITION DEADLINE (ONLINE ONLY)
JANUARY 18, 2020
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $100
REGIONAL COMPETITION (TBD)
FEBRUARY 22, 2020
1st Place: $800
ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO DISTRICT COMPETITION
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $300
DISTRICT COMPETITION (TULSA, OK)
APRIL 1 - 5, 2020
1st Place: $1,000
ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (TAMPA, FL)
JULY 18 - 21, 2020
ALL PARTICIPANTS: $1,000