View more videos of our music program on our YouTube Channel


Choir Members: For a full schedule of choir rehearsal and special event times, Click here


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 who is interested in performing great choral music of the past and present, from many sources and traditions. Singing in the choir is a fun and rewarding way to become involved in the church community.


Interested in singing with the choir? Here’s what you need to know for now:

We practice on Sunday mornings only at 9:00 AM. (no weeknight rehearsal)

                - most weeks we meet in the McKinney Chapel (next door to the main entrance of the larger sanctuary - to the right as you face the church from the street)

                - on the second Sunday of the month we meet in the Sanctuary, so just come up in up the center steps and through the front doors.

If you’re a member or friend of the congregation with other musical abilities you’d like to contribute to worship services, get in touch with Adam.


For a full schedule of choir rehearsal and special event times, Click here 


Are you a visitor who wants to sing with us on a Sunday morning?

if you read music, at least a little, and have sung in choirs before, you’re welcome to pop in and join our choir while you’re here visiting! Some Sundays we’ll all be looking at that day’s choir piece for the first time together, but other weeks our choir will have already spent some time in previous rehearsals preparing. If you’re willing to give it a shot and go with the flow, come on by. A heads up would be nice but not essential to participate :) Email Adam Podd (



Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5:00PM in the Sanctuary. Family Service – 4:00PM in the Chapel

2018 December 7
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The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Announces Plans for its Annual 5:00PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service ______________________________________________  Family Service at 4:00PM The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn will continue its decades long tradition of hosting a music-filled 5 o’clock Christmas Eve candlelight service. The service is a beloved part of the congregation’s liturgical |...|

Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons Announces 2018-2019 Sermon Series: Religion & Technology

2018 September 2
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Second Sundays continue to be “happenings” at First Unitarian.  Following the success of her previous sermon series, The Ten Commandments (which was the basis for her book, No Other Gods, the Politics of the Ten Commandments) The Parables of Jesus, The Unitarian Universalist Sources, and Women in Hebrew and Christian Scripture, Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons will |...|

Christmas Eve at First Unitarian, December 24, 2017

2017 December 11
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Brandon Hornsby-Selwin (Tenor); Dennis Wees (Baritone) Candice Helfand-Rogers (Soprano) Kiena Willliams (Mezzo-Soprano)

The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn will continue its long-standing Christmas Eve tradition of hosting a music-filled 5 o’clock candlelight service. The service is a beloved part of the congregation’s liturgical calendar, welcoming visitors from all over the |...|

Christmas Eve at First Unitarian

2015 December 14
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Angel of Light Mosaic

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 |...|

Sunday, November 1st – Jazz & Pie at First U

2015 October 11
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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 (  All proceeds will |...|

Famed Organist, Walter Klauss, to Perform at First Unitarian Sunday, April 12th, 2:30PM

2015 March 21
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Walter Klauss

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 |...|

Friday, February 13th, 7:30PM – Concert: Songs of Love (for Better or Worse)

2015 February 10
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Marielle Murphy - Soprano

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 |...|

Christmas Eve Worship at First Unitarian

2014 December 2
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The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Announces its Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Family Service is Planned for 4:00PM

First Unitarian Choir

This year’s 5 o’clock Candlelight Christmas Eve program at First Unitarian will feature several new arrangements of traditional spirituals and carols, by First U’s new Music Director, Adam |...|

Two New Section Leaders Join First U Choir

2014 August 27
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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 |...|

Announcing our New Music Director, Adam Podd

2014 June 26
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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 |...|