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
Dear Reverend Fathers and Parish Festival Chairpersons,
After further discussion with and guidance from both our Metropolis and Archdiocese, we are pleased to announce that the Chicago Metropolis Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival will take place. While we cannot follow our usual in-person format, we have established a set of new guidelines and dates that will comport with the COVID-19 restrictions and allow us to recreate the spirit of the Festival in an online format. Especially at this time, when, as His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael so movingly put, we have this deep yearning for the church, we hope you will encourage your youth to participate in this year’s Festival in some way.
As of now, the Archdiocese is considering adding the Essay category to the Archdiocesan Festival. This would be a welcome addition, especially for participants in our Metropolis. It would also allow those speakers who might not be willing or able to submit a video of their Speeches to participate in the Essay category instead. We will keep you apprised of this development.
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
Please disregard the initial deadlines established and use the following as a framework instead, with the understanding that these new dates may need to be adjusted:
- ASAP: Registration deadline for Parish Oratorical Chairperson.
- May 8: Completion deadline for all Parish Festivals.
- May 10: Submission deadline for all Speeches, Essays, Poems, Icons, and Vocal Solos.
- May 10: Registration deadline for Participants advancing to the Metropolis Festival.
- May 22: Judging deadline for Chicago Metropolis.
- May 24: Deadline for submission of Speech and Essay winners to the Archdiocese.
- June 7: Archdiocesan Winners announced.
These submissions must be sent electronically to email@example.com.
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION PROCESS
Speech/Vocal Solo Participants
Each Speech and Vocal Solo participant must submit a video of his or her Speech/Solo in MP4 format as if he or she were performing the Speech/Vocal Solo in front of an audience in a formal setting. These files will be used for judging and, as such, should adhere to the following guidelines, in addition to those in the Parish Information Packet. Random numbers will be assigned to the Speeches/Solos when they are submitted:
- Choose a pleasant backdrop without clutter.
- Avoid any background noises, including audience talking/applause.
- Dress as you would for church.
- Begin your Speech/Solo with the following greeting: “Your Eminence, Reverend Fathers, Presbyteres, and Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Xristos Anesti (if after Pascha)!”
- For Speeches: Do not read your topic before beginning your Speech. We will make sure that the judges are aware of your topic before judging. Also, remember to abide by your time restrictions, as well as submitting a copy of your speech (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, in Word format). You must print your full topic and topic number at the top of the first page and include your name/address/phone number and your church’s name/address/phone number on a separate page attached to the end of your Speech.
- For Solos: Do include in your video the background introduction to your Solo, as required by the Parish Information Packet.
- You may record more than one MP4 and choose your “best” to submit, but the MP4 selected must be “one take,” i.e. no edits allowed.
Each Iconography participant must submit a picture (ideally, at least 300ppi minimum) of his or her Icon. These pictures will be used for judging and, as such, should adhere to the following guidelines, in addition to those in the Parish Information Packet:
- Do not include any personal information (name, address, parish) on the picture of your Icon.
- Submit the dimensions of your Icon, along with your chosen saint or feast, on a separate sheet (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, in Word format). Include your name/address/phone number and your church’s name/address/phone number.
Submit a copy of your Essay/Poem (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, in Word format). You must print your full topic, your topic number, and your total word count on a separate page attached to the front of your Essay/Poem. You must also include your name/address/phone number and your church’s name/address/phone number on a separate page attached to the end of your Essay/Poem.
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.
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. Please submit your sponsorship form and tax-deductible donation by April 10, 2020.
Metropolitan Oratorical Committee
Contact Co-Chairs – Metropolitan Oratorical Festival Committee
Andrea Tsakopoulos: (219) 789-4474
Audrey Polite: (219) 742-7679