Music

 

We are thrilled to announce that our new Music Director, Adam Podd, will be joining us this summer and will be playing at his first service on September 7th.  Read Rev. Ana's letter to the congregation announing Adam's arrival here.  Read Adam's letter to the congregation here

 

We believe that music enhances the worship experience.  Every Sunday we enjoy performed music as well as congregational singing.  The music we hear and sing varies from week to week.  On any given Sunday we may hear sacred music, art songs, world music, jazz or broadway tunes.  We may sing accompanied by piano, guitar, percussion or our historic pipe organ. 

 

We invite all choral singers to consider joining the Choir of the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn. The Choir sings at almost all Sunday services from September through June. Our Palm Sunday Music Service and Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service are high points of the year.

The Choir is open to anyone with a pleasing singing voice who is interested in performing great choral music of the past and present, from many sources and traditions. The Choir rehearses at 9:00 am every Sunday morning that we perform. We hold ten to twelve evening rehearsals each year to prepare for special programs. Singing in the choir is a fun and rewarding way to become involved in the church community.

 

On June 8, 2014 our longtime music Director, William (Bill) Peek retired from his position with us, but not from his musical career.  To read more about Bill and see pictures from his final worship service and celebration, click here.

 

 

 


Announcing our New Music Director, Adam Podd

2014 June 26
by DoMC

Adam Podd

 We are pleased to announce that Adam Podd will be joining First Unitarian in August as Music Director.  He will play at his first worship service at Homecoming on September 7th.  Adam studied at the Hartt School of music in Hartford, Connecticut, where he received his Bachelors of Music |...|

May 11th, 11:00AM – Annual Jazz Service with The Ron Vincent Quartet, William Peek, Music Director

2014 May 1
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by DoMC
Our first Jazz Service was offered in 1999, and it has since become an eagerly anticipated annual tradition.  Our choir and soloists are again privileged to be joined by the Ron Vincent Quartet.  Andrew Beals (saxophone), Bill Mays (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), and Ron Vincent (drums) have performed with the greatest jazz artists of our time, |...|

Sunday, April 13th, 11:00AM – Palm Sunday Music Service

2014 April 3
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by DoMC
For many years it has been the tradition of First Untarian to offer a music service on Palm Sunday.  This year, The First Unitarian Choir will offer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata 79, Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn’ und Schild (God, the Lord, is our Sun and Shield).  One of Bach’s most stirring and majestic works, |...|

March Musicale Madness – Friday, March 28th, 8:00PM

2014 March 18
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by DoMC

Melissa Paul, Mezzo-Soprano

The First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights is offering the second concert of the two part series March Musicale Madness: Two Festive Evenings of Song.  The Brooklyn Unitarian Quartet: soprano Marielle Murphy, mezzo soprano Melissa Paul, tenor K’idar Miller, and baritone Andrew Cook-Feltz will perform on March 28th at |...|

Fridays, March 7th and March 28th – March Musicale Madness!

2014 February 11
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by dcs
 

Andrew Cook-Feltz, Baritone

Looking for a break from this winter weather, but not quite ready for NCAA basketball?   Come to First U for March Musicale Madness: Two Festive Evenings of Song.  The Brooklyn Unitarian Quartet, soprano Marielle Murphy, mezzo soprano Melissa Paul, tenor K’idar Miller, and baritone Andrew Cook-Feltz will |...|

Holiday Vespers – Sunday, December 29th, 4:00PM

2013 December 23
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by DoMC
Celebrate Holiday Vespers with us at 4:00 pm. Meagan Henry, Director of Education Ministries will preach.  We will continue a wonderful new tradition begun two years ago – the Holiday Vespers Community Chorus.  Anyone interested in participating is invited to come to church at 2:00 to rehearse a few holiday songs, and this group will sing for the |...|

Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service – 5:00PM

2013 December 22
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by DoMC
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Music Service is one of our most beloved traditions at First Unitarian.  The sanctuary, lit by candle and gaslight and decorated with pine trees and boughs, offers a beautiful setting for this timeless service of music and meditation.    This year’s service will feature a special program of Celtic music.  Our choir |...|

Environmental Activist, Tim DeChristopher, to speak at First U on Saturday, November 2nd

2013 October 17
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by DoMC
Tim DeChristopher will speak with activist Jessica Roff about the present and future of the peaceful Environmental Movement locally and globally.  As a group we will raise questions and explore the diversity of approaches to see how we can work together and bring about Peaceful change.  This is an opportunity to explore how climate change |...|

Worship Sunday October 6th – Guest Musician and Preacher, Matt Meyer

2013 October 1
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by DoMC
Guest Preacher and Music Director will lead, “What Can Music Do?” What can music do to make the world a better place?  Does it give us better values or teach us to work for peace? It can certainly help us build communities where those who love peace and justice find the support to act on |...|

“Say Yes” Concert April 4th

2013 March 23
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by First U Bklyn
Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary SAY YES! Brooklyn Join the celebration when ActorCor presents “SAY YES!” a concert that interweaves diverse music and sacred texts from Islam, Judaism and Christianity. ActorCor was created by artistic director, Darren Lougée, five years ago when 30 actors came together to make a difference by |...|