The Philharmonic Association is proud to share the news that Sterling Elliott has been chosen as the 2021 first place winner of the Talent Hunt conducted by the Xi Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. Sterling is a junior at Rolesville High and is a member of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and the United Strings of Color quartet. He recorded Ernest Bloch’s “Meditation” for this year’s virtual competition. He studies viola with Margaret and Hugh Partridge.

The Talent Hunt was created in 1945, with the first District Talent Hunt Program held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 19th, 1946.  According to the Omega Psi Phi website, “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.” It 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. As first place winner in the local Chapter, Sterling will receive a cash prize and advance to the District competition.

United Strings of Color is committed to fostering partnerships with community organizations like Omega Psi Phi that address racial inequity; and empowered by the League of American Orchestras‘ mission “to advance the experience of orchestral music, support the people and organizations that create it, and champion the contributions they make to the health and vibrancy of communities.” Omega Psi Phi welcomes all musicians in the Philharmonic Association to participate alongside Sterling in next year’s talent hunt.