We believe that music is at the very heart of 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 and secular music, art songs, world music, gospel, folk, jazz or Broadway tunes.
Each Second Sunday of the month we have a jazz worship service, led by our music director, Adam Podd, and The Rad Trads - a 6-piece New Orleans style horn band, based here in NYC.
A note from our Music Director, Adam Podd, about music in worship:
“I’ve grown to treasure church music, my experience with it, and the songs and pieces it has led and introduced me to. I believe music’s role in the worship service is a powerful one, and can vary, not only from one church to another, but also from one service to the next. I take seriously my responsibility of finding and presenting high quality music that brings life, passion, meaning, and beauty to a worship service. I also value the importance of continuing the ancient tradition of improvisation in the church. I’ve found that leaving room for inspiration, combined with those elements that have been carefully prepared, is what makes for the deepest and richest worship experience. In my eyes, the ability to listen and respond to a congregation’s energy is essential.”
The Choir, of about 25 voices, sings every week from September through June and 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 on Sunday mornings (no regular weeknight rehearsals). We hold a few extra evening rehearsals to prepare for our Palm Sunday and Christmas Eve special music services. Singing in the choir is a fun and rewarding way to become involved in the church community.
Choir director, Adam Podd, encourages any singers who are interested to come and try it out for a week or two, no-strings-attached, to see if it's a good fit for you. (no auditions necessary). Feel free to contact Adam, with any questions or musical concerns/ideas you have at email@example.com
Join us for Christmas Eve Worship, Thursday, December 24th at 4:00PM (Family Service) and at 5:00PM for our traditional Candlelight Music Service. 4:00PM Family Service We’ll have hot cocoa and animal crackers, sing familiar carols and hear classic Christmas readings. This is a magical service for young |...|
Join us on Sunday, November 1st following worship for a Jazz brunch featuring Mimi and the Podd Brothers. Your $15 ticket buys an afternoon of great music plus salads and beverages. Pie can be purchased for $5 a slice. To help out, donate a pie or purchase tickets contact Cara Haft (firstname.lastname@example.org). All proceeds will |...|
Walter Klauss the minister of music Emeritus of Old Souls Unitarian Church in Manhattan will perform an organ recital at Brooklyn’s First Unitarian to celebrate the Sweet Sixteen Birthday of the Mann & Trupiano Organ. The historic organ was rebuilt and dedicated in 1999. The recital is schedule for Sunday, April |...|
Songs of Love (for Better or Worse) Love has been a favorite topic of composers and lyricists since the dawn of music. From opera and art song, to Broadway and the American songbook, composers have explored heartache, happily-ever-after, and everything in between. Join us for an evening of |...|
We are thrilled to be welcoming two new section leaders, Dominick Corbacio (tenor), and Jon Dendy (baritone). Both are wonderfully spirited singers with excellent musicianship, and a contagious love of music. Dominick and Jon will be joining returning section leaders, Marielle Murphy (soprano) and Melissa Paul (mezzo-soprano) and new Music Director, Adam Podd. We’re sure they will all be welcomed warmly |...|
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 |...|
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, |...|
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, |...|
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 |...|
First Unitarian is located on Pierrepont Street between Clinton Street and Monroe Place
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Church Office (M-Th: 9:30A-4P): 718 624 5466 Post Address: 48 Monroe Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11201 Director of Congregational Services Rob Petrillo: dcs(at)fuub.org Senior Minister Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons: minister (at) fuub.org
Director of Education Ministries Meagan Henry: Meagan (at) fuub.org
Director of Music Adam Podd: Adam (at) fuub.org
Director of Congregational Life Garnett Losak: garnett (at) fuub.org
Sexton Chris Johnson: sexton (at) fuub.org
Community Minister Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason: rev.kmmason (at) gmail.com
Ceremonies Coordinator Nicole Tuszynski: nicole (at) fuub.org