TALENT HUNT PROGRAM - Originated in the Sixth District (North Carolina and South Carolina) the Talent Hunt Program is one of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's National Projects. The first Talent Hunt was held April 19, 1946, in Charlotte, NC and made its national debut at the 1953 Cincinnati Grand Conclave. The need for such a program was born out of the limited opportunities afforded to some American youth to develop and give full expression of their talents. This program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people. Currently, some participants at the national level are awarded college scholarships. Presently, the Local and District Talent programs are competitive, whereas the National Program is a demonstration of first place winners from across the nation. 


2021 Talent Hunt Winner


The Washington, DC Chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is pleased to announce our 2023 Talent Hunt Competition.

This years competition will be in person. Our audition dates will be held on Saturday, January 28,2023  from 1pm - 4pm and the competition will be on February 11, 2023 at 3:30pm. The location for the audition and competition will be at Blackburn Center Digital Auditorium at Howard University

 The competition, which has been one of our fraternity's national mandated programs since 1946, is open to all District of Columbia charter, public, private, and parochial high school students, grades 9-12. The program intends to identify and support our youth in their pursuit of excellence in the performing arts.

The first-place prize in each category (vocal, instrumental, dance, speech/drama and visual arts) is $500, and the second-place prize is $250. There will be over $3,000 in Awards.

  • Vocal and instrumental; classical, semi-classical (i.e. Broadway Musical production, Movie score), gospel and jazz. A printed copy of the music (score) is required for the judges to analyze. No top 40 musical performances are allowed unless they meet the criteria listed for semi classical. No hip hop or rap performances are allowed.
  • Dance: ballet, modern dance, and tap.
  • Dramatic Interpretation: Poetry, oration, monologue, etc. (Printed script must be provided for each judge).
  • Visual Art: Sculpture, photography, drawing and painting. (3 to 5 pieces for judging)

The local competition's overall winner will compete with

other winners in our 3rd District competition at The Omni Richmond Hotel, located at 100 South 12th Street Richmond, VA 23219, on April 1, 2023 (time: TBD). This competition includes chapters in the state of Virginia and Washington, DC.

Applications and information sheets will be provided for your convenience. In January, you will receive the final letter stating the venue and other information.

Students must be willing to participate and submit an application and MUST have a signature for parental/guardian consent and release form.

Event schedule:

Auditions - Saturday, January 28, 2023, 1pm - 4pm

Competition – Saturday, February 11, 2023, 3:30 pm


Blackburn Center Digital Auditorium at Howard University

Please have applications returned to: Raoul J Daggett, WDC Talent Hunt Chairperson

Email: daggettraoul@gmail.com

Phone: 240-604-5805


Email: kdpoplar@gmail.com

For additional information, please get in touch with me at 240-604-5805. Thank you for assisting our Fraternity and supporting your students. We look forward to seeing you and your students at the audition and competition.


Raoul J. Daggett, Talent Hunt Chairman

Required Forms

Talent Hunt Application

Talent Hunt Parental Release Form