Oratorical Festival

Oratorical Festival

The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival




The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival is a long-standing tradition that provides a unique opportunity for our youth both to learn about their faith and to display their talents in various areas. The Oratorical Festival begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions: Elementary (optional/parish festival only) for grades 4–6, Junior Division for  grades 7–9, and Senior Division for grades 10–12.

Those who are successful at their individual parish festivals in the Junior and Senior divisions are invited to participate in a day of fellowship at the Metropolis Festival, where the top three finalists in each category and division will be awarded. Those who place first in the Junior and Senior Speech (only) divisions will then move on to participate at the National Festival, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.

2024 Chicago Metropolis Festival 

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael, we are pleased to announce that the 40th Annual Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival will be held on Bright Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 2501 S. Wolf Road, Westchester, Illinois, 60154. We are excitedly anticipating a 40th anniversary weekend of spiritual celebration and fellowship for all in attendance. Please keep in mind the following important dates and information as you begin your preparations: 


General Information

The Metropolis Festival will offer 6 categories (Speech, Essay, Poetry, Iconography, Vocal Solo, and Vocal Chant), each with 2 divisions (Senior/10th-12th grades and Junior/7th 9th grades). Once again, our Metropolis youth are invited to register for as many as two separate events at the Metropolis Festival. The guidelines for the Metropolis Festival are contained in the Parish Information Packet below.  

In addition to the Parish Information Packet, we have also included below a list of this  year’s Topics (for Speech, Essay, and Poetry). The Music Selections (for Vocal Solo and  Vocal Chant) are contained in the Parish Information Packet. We will forward the Tips  and Resources from the Archdiocese when they become available. Please take time to read  through these documents and forward copies to all of your parish youth. 

Parish Information Packet

2024 Topics

2024 Topics Tips and Resources


2024 Poster

This year’s poster features the icon written by Evanthia  Fotopoulos of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Schererville, Indiana, the winner of the  2023 Senior Iconography Division.  We hope that you will display it in a prominent location in your parish.

  Download Poster>>


National Oratorical Festival

The National Oratorical Festival, which includes the Metropolis winners for the Speech category only, is scheduled to take place during the weekend of June 7-9, 2024 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Buffalo, New York.


Support – Event Sponsorship

This year, the Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival celebrates a remarkable milestone. For 40 years, the youth of our Chicago Metropolis have been given a forum to share their love of Jesus Christ and witness their Orthodox faith. Whether through the medium of oratory or essay, poetry or iconography, vocal solo or vocal chant, the youth of our Metropolis have expressed their faith for four decades. 

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and organizations across our Metropolis, we have been able to expand the offerings of our Festival over time, appealing to the diverse strengths and interests of our youth. Last year, we increased the scholarships awarded to our first-place oratory participants, and we hope to extend these gifts to first-place participants across categories in 2024 and beyond.

As someone who has given of your time, talents, and treasures in support of Orthodoxy, we ask that you consider including this year’s Metropolis Oratorical Festival as a recipient of your philanthropic giving. With your help, we can once again organize a memorable program for our youth and their families—one that will strengthen their faith and warm their hearts.

Donation Letter

Donation Submission Form

Online Submission Form


Contact Information

We ask that you forward this Metropolis Festival information to everyone at your parish who is involved in a youth ministry, as well as parents of your church school registrants.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call us with any questions.  We look forward to celebrating with everyone in April!

Chicago Metropolis Oratorical Festival Committee

Andrea Tsakopoulos, Co-Chair: (219) 789-4474

Audrey Polite, Co-Chair: (219) 742-7679

Email: oratoricalfestival@gmail.com

2024 Oratorical Festival Event Booklet 

View the 2024 Event Booklet

2024 Photos

Check out all photos from the 2024 Oratorical Festival HERE.


2024 National Festival

Congratulations to our Chicago Metropolis representatives who participated at the National Oratorical Festival, which took place at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Buffalo, New York during the weekend of June 7-9, 2024. Both Leo Petropoulos (Saint Sophia, Elgin, IL) and Maria Zouras (Ascension of Our Lord, Lincolnshire, IL) received Honorable Mention Awards in the Senior Speech Division and Junior Speech Division, respectively.  Congratulations to Leo & Maria!