Mempho Music Festival Celebrity DJ Logic

MEMPHO is the latest chapter in the rich musical history of Memphis, Tennessee. Its founders are committed to making it an integral part of the Memphis cultural scene for years to come. MEMPHO was created to blend today’s best sounds with Memphis’ storied musical heritage, creating a festival experience filled with music.

DJ Logic: Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of: MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, VERNON REID, CHARLIE HUNTER, JACK DeJOHNETTE, JOHN MAYER, BEN HARPER, MOS DEF and THE ROOTS, to name but a few.
These days, DJ LOGIC is focusing on studio endeavors, producing notable projects such as: Re-imagination with jazz piano phenomenon ELDAR ; collaborating with VERNON REID on a project he co-founded called the Yohimbe Brothers

Piano students: Octavia Ailsworth/ Heaven Burton and Arielle Hardaway conversing with renowned radio DJ Logic one of the Mempho Music Festival guests at Overton along with other Creative and Performing Arts students.



SCS Local Piano Solo & Ensemble Festival

The students of Mrs. D. Odum performed exceptionally well at the Shelby County Schools Piano Solo & Ensemble Festival this year at Colonial Middle School.  Eleven students rated “Superior” and nine students rated “Excellent”.  All students performed challenging repertoire ranging from early Baroque to Contemporary Styles of Music.



Top Row-L to R: Danielle Willis/Ashanti Reese/Casey Flipping/Utah Malone/Jadyn Rodgers/Ljuliana Thomas/Madison Bailey/Jayla Marting/Mikala Ward/Jasmine Thomas/Trinitee van Buren/McKenzie Johnson/Octavia Ailsworth/Arielle Hardaway/Heaven Burton/Pamela Juarez/Kaitlyn Chang/Makyla Herron/Annie Huynh/ Jessica Bolden




Two-Year National YoungArts Foundation Winner: Ljuliana Thomas

Congratulations Ljuliana Thomas of Overton High School receiving recognition as a 2016-17 & 2017-18 YoungArts Merit Winner in the Vocal/Jazz category in the National YoungArts Foundation Program!

The National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison.  This signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists from across the united States.  Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support including financial awards of up to $10,000.

Top winners become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.  United States Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.



Miss Ljuliana Thomas, Senior


Congratulations to Trinitee, Devonte and Jasmine for their performance rating in the TOP SIX -the highest scores in the citywide Amro Music Piano Festival!  These ninth-grade students will be invited to a masterclass with a college clinician in Piano Studies at the beginning of the year.



Trinitee van Buren, Devonte Plunkett, Jasmine Thomas

Congratulations Winners!

The following students of Detrina Odum rated, “Superior” and “Excellent” in the local Amro Music Piano Festival on October 28, 2017:


Back Row: Steven Mickens, Octavia Ailsworth, Jadyn Rodgers, Front Row: Heaven Burton, Pamela Juarez, Kaitylyn Chang, Arielle Hardaway, Ljuliana Thomas.


Back Row: Jessica Bolden, Mckinzie Johnson, Mikala Ward, Tonai Davis, Trinitee van Buren,  Jayla Martin/Front Row: Devonte Plunkett, Casey Flipping, Annie Huynh, Madison Bailey, Makayla Herron, Danielle Willis, Jasmine Thomas.



Lane Music Piano Festival Winners

Congratulations to the following students of Detrina Odum who rated “Superior” at the Lane Music Piano Festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017!

All remaining students with no pictures: Pamela Juarez, Heaven Burton, Trinitee van Buren, Annie Huynh, Mikala Ward, Kaitlyn Chang.

American College of Musicians 2017

The Creative and Performing Arts Piano Program of Overton High School recognizes the following students of Mrs. D. Odum who have become members of the 2017 American College of Musicians by audition in the National Piano Guild.  These students have worked to prepare and memorize pre-college repertoire and have met the requirements via audition