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.
A note from our Music Director, Adam Podd, about music in the church:
“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.”
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.
Feel free to contact Adam, with any questions or musical concerns you have at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Marielle Murphy - Soprano
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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
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 |...|
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, |...|
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 |...|
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 |...|
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 |...|
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 |...|