2020 Oratorical Festival

Express Your Faith!  Represent your Parish!  Do you like to write?  Draw? Chant? Present your point in front of an audience? Then the Oratorical Festival is a good fit for you! The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival is a longstanding tradition that provides a unique opportunity for our youth both to learn about their faith and to display their talents in the areas of Speech, Essay, Poetry, Iconography and Vocal Solo (new category as of 2019). Those who are successful at their individual parish festivals are invited to participate at the Metropolitan Festival each spring.

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael, the 37th Annual Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival will be held on Bright Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview, Illinois, 60025. Submissions for this year's program are due to the Metropolis no later than April 6, 2020.  Ascension's deadline for receiving all materials is March 16, 2020.  Please turn in your submissions to Justin Glavanovits at justinglav@ascensiongoc.com.  Ascension will celebrate all of it submissions on Wednesday, April 1st during the Ascension Oratorical Festival Celebration, following the Pre-Sancitified Liturgy.  

This inspiring program will put you in the right mindset for reflection during your Lenten journey. 

NEW FOR 2020

The Metropolis is excited to announce that our youth may participate in as many as two separate events at the Metropolis Festival for the first time!  Also, the Festival is pleased to offer for a second year the category of Vocal Solo; therefore, this year's Oratorical Festival enables you to choose from one of the following categories: Speech, Essay, Poetry, Iconography, or Vocal Solo and compete in either the Senior Division (10th-12th grade); or, the Junior Division (7th-9th grade).  There are five topics in each division (see below) to choose from in the 2020 program. 

For a more in-depth look at each topic, click HERE.  Click HERE to access the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival 2020 Topics, Tips and Resources document.  It will give you all the information you need to partcipate.

If you are in 4th-6th grade, there's a program for you, too, that helps you reflect about your faith and help you practice for when you are older!  The purpose of the Elementary Division is to offer children the opportunity to express their feelings about their Faith and Church while gaining confidence and laying the groundwork for later participation in the Junior and Senior Divisions.  Click HERE for more information on the Elementary Division Program.  

If you are competing in the Junior level, your speech must be 3-4 minutes long.  An essay must range between 300-400 words.  Senior division speeches are 4-5 minutes long, and essays range between 500-600 words. Poetry must range between 8-30 lines and poets can choose from a number of different forms (sonnet, haiku, etc.). Iconography must be of Jesus Christ, The Theotokos, or a singular Saint; Byzantine or Russian iconography style must be used; and icons must range from 8x10 or 20x20 in size.  Music must be taken from an official list found on p 15 in the Oratorical Manual and be sung in Greek, English, or a combination thereof. All Modes/Tones are acceptable unless specified. Please note that the music list for the Junior and Senior Divisions is the same.

In order to apply, you must be registered in either the Sunday Church School program, Jr. GOYA/GOYA, or the Girls' Chant group, and fill out an official festival registration form found by clicking HERE.

Interested?  Read additional information below and speak to Pastoral Assistant and Youth Director, Justin Glavanovits, (justinglav@ascensiongoc.com | 847.482.1200) and/or your Sunday Church School teacher.  



Click HERE for more information from the Metropolis of Chicago Oratorical Webpage; and HERE to be directed to the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Website where you will find more information about this program sponsored through the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  


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