Annual Talent Hunt Showcase is set to Entertain and Honor Tradition

Written By Clayton Gutzmore
March 29, 2023 at 9:37 PM

Performers from the 2022 Showcase. Image courtesy Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Performing Arts is a lane students can excel if they have the proper support. Between school budget cuts and limiting beliefs from parents, some students do not remain in the lane long enough to go far. The Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated wants to reward students in this lane and provide an outlet to demonstrate their skills to South Florida in the annual Talent Hunt Showcase.

Performers from the 2022 Showcase. Image courtesy Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Sigma Alpha’s Talent Hunt showcase is a show you will not want to miss. If you want to see the best young talent in Miami and a great and entertaining show, please join us,” said Kenard Stevens, Talent Hunt Showcase Committee Chair.

Sigma Alpha chapter’s Talent Hunt Showcase is happening on Friday, March 31, at 7 pm in the Carol City High School auditorium in Miami Gardens. Admission to the Talent Hunt showcase is free. The showcase is a competition between South Florida High school students gifted in the performing arts. Students who sing, dance, play an instrument, or perform poetry will display their skills in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The showcase winner will earn a $500 scholarship and advance to the statewide Talent Hunt showcase in Destin, Florida, this Fall.

Showcase seeking to highlight Miami’s best high school student performers. Image courtesy Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Participants of this year’s showcase will have six minutes to perform on stage. Stevens and the other committee members will assemble a panel of experts to critique each act. Last year the panel had Florida Memorial University band director Richard Beckford and Miami Singer and Songwriter Zipporah Hayes judging. Lemari Hills, a student at Miramar High school, was the showcase winner in 2021 and 2022. Last year he blew the judges away with his singing performance of Change Gone Come by Sam Cooke. In 2021, Hills advanced as far as the district-wide showcase. He competed against students from Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Young musician from the 2022 Showcase. Image courtesy Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

The Talent Hunt competition is significant to the fraternity. Omega Psi Phi has held the Talent Hunt competition since 1946. Omega Psi Phi is a black Greek letter fraternity with over 250,000 members and 700 chapters worldwide. Since its founding on November 17, 1911, members of this organization have contributed to society and conducted service to the community. The Talent Hunt competition is one of the ten mandated programs created by the fraternity that every chapter has to follow. Steven’s and his committee are ready to honor the fraternity’s tradition and host an amazing Showcase this year.

“The goal is to make Sigma Alpha’s Talent Hunt something everyone is talking about. Not just in the fraternity, but the city of Miami Gardens as well. We want this event to be the best because we have the best talent in South Florida,” said Stevens.

WHAT: Sigma Alpha’s Talent Hunt Showcase

WHEN: Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7 PM

WHERE: Carol City High School Auditorium, 3301 Miami Gardens Drive, FL


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