Staten Islander Oliver Zoduwah Wins Star Search Music & Creative Arts Talent Contest


More than 200 young people from grade school to high school involved with The Salvation Army Greater New York Division’s Corps Music & Creative Arts programs recently competed in the Star Search music & creative arts talent contest.

Started in the 1990’s to encourage arts and music development for young people, Star Search highlights some of NY youth’s top talent in in music, dance, and drama. Categories include dance solo, guitar solo, brass solo, drum solo, piano solo, vocal solo, drama monologue, youth bands, youth chorus, singing company, timbrel brigade, dance troupe, and drama troupe.

Oliver Zoduwah   of The Salvation Army Stapleton Corps was awarded first place for his Level 4 Snare Drum Solo, Drum Set Solo, and Drama Monologue. He and other winners of the various categories will go on to compete with other regional Corps in Hershey, PA on Saturday, June 11.

The Salvation Army is the #1 provider of free or reduced cost music and creative arts instruction for students of all ages, outside of public schools. After months of practice and perseverance, the most talented performing young artists in the state competed in The Salvation Army’s signature youth event.

Banner Image: Talent Contest.  Image Credit – Tony Pham 


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