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Resources for declamation. Includes links to archived declamation performances, sources for material.

Public Declamation schedule

2023-24 dates

First Public Declamation -- Class VI audience 

  • Interest form due Tuesday, 9/28/23
  • Tryouts Thursday, 10/5/232:30 in BLS auditorium
  • Declamation Thursday, 10/12/23, R1-R2

Second Public Declamation -- Class IV audience

  • Interest form due Thursday, 11/30/23
  • Tryouts Thursday, 12/7/23, 2:30 in BLS auditorium
  • Declamation Tuesday, 12/20/23, R1-R2

Third Public Declamation -- Class III audience 

  • Interest form due Thursday, 1/18/24
  • Tryouts Thursday, 1/25/24, 2:30 in BLS auditorium
  • Declamation Thursday, 2/8/24, R1-R2

Fourth Public Declamation -- Class V audience

  • Interest form due Thursday, 3/14/24
  • Tryouts Thursday, 3/21/24, 2:30 in BLS auditorium
  • Declamation Thursday, 3/28/24, R1-R2

Prize Declamation -- Class I & II, alumni ​​​

  • Friday, 5/3/24


For the 2023-24 academic year, the following staff members coordinate Public and Prize Declamation. Please reach out with any questions:


Prize Declamation


Prize ddeclamation participants, 2022

Prize declamation participants, 2022

Class declamation

Students in grades 7-10 are typically required to declaim a selection in their English classes three times during the academic calendar. Students’ class performances are graded on accuracy, interpretation, and oratorical skill. Declamation grades appear on the report cad as a separate column designated as “visual/performing arts,” although they are not factored into a student’s GPA. 

  • Students have additional opportunities to declaim in many modern foreign languages and classics courses.
  • Students cannot repeat a text at any point in their BLS careers for class declamation.
  • Students can view these class declamations as practice and consider using one of these pieces as try-out material for Public Declamation.