Oratorical Festival

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.

2020 Oratorical Festival

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. We are planning a day of spiritual celebration and fellowship for all in attendance.



NEW FOR 2020

We are 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.  The guidelines for these changes are contained in the enclosed Parish Information Packet.  We hope that these changes will welcome more of our youth to participate in the Festival. 


Once again, we are asking that each Festival Participant and each Oratorical Chairperson submit their registration forms online through the Google Document links found below. Please note that these forms are different from those found on the Archdiocesan website.

Participant Registration Form

The deadline for submitting the Participant Registration Form is Monday, March 25, 2020.

Parish Chairperson Registration Form

We prefer that the Oratorical Chairperson Registration Form be submitted as soon as possible so that we may contact you from time to time with important information.


All donors will be recognized at the Festival for their generous support. To be recognized in our printed program, please submit your sponsorship form and tax-deductible donation by April 10, 2020.

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An Awards Luncheon Registration Form will be sent to you as the date of the Festival draws nearer.  There is no fee for Festival Participants.  Additional family members and guests are welcome to attend the Awards Luncheon as well, but we will ask that they make a donation ($20/adult and $15/child under 12 years) to help defray costs.  Complimentary Awards Luncheon tickets will be provided to all Clergy, Presbyteres, and Metropolis Festival Judges.


A poster advertising the Festival is available here. Please display the poster in a prominent location in your parish. The poster features the icon of Ellie Palivos of Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago, winner of the 2019 Senior Iconography Division.


At this time, we anticipate the schedule for the day of the Festival to be as follows.  Any significant changes will be communicated to you prior to that day:

8:00 a.m.        Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.        Anastasis Orthros

9:15 a.m.        Orientation Sessions for Judges and Participants

10:00 a.m.      Festival Presentations (Oratory & Vocal Solo) begin

12:00 p.m.     Festival Presentations (Oratory & Vocal Solo) conclude

12:30 p.m.     Awards Luncheon

1:15 p.m.        Presentation of awards

2:30 p.m.        Departure



For those in need of overnight accommodations, we will reserve a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday evenings, April 24-25, 2020.  Additional information regarding the hotel will be sent closer to the Festival date.



All entries for Speech, Essay, Poetry, and Vocal Solo (requires registration form only), both Junior and Senior Divisions, must be submitted no later than Monday, April 6, 2020.  These submissions must be sent electronically to oratoricalfestival@gmail.com.  All entries for Iconography, both Junior and Senior Divisions, must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 6, 2020

These submissions must be sent by mail or hand delivery to Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 7021-33 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana, 46324, ATTENTION: Audrey Polite/Oratorical Festival.  Late submissions in any category will not be judged.




Metropolitan Oratorical Committee


Contact Co-Chairs – Metropolitan Oratorical Festival Committee

Andrea Tsakopoulos: (219) 789-4474

Audrey Polite: (219) 742-7679

Email: oratoricalfestival@gmail.com


Host Parish Oratorical Committee


Contact Chair

Diane Sieckmann: (314) 412-3476

Email: diane@assumptiongoc.org