Our music director, William Peek, is leaving in June after 28 years of distinguished service and we are currently in a search to identify his successor. Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons is leading this effort supported by a committee of members of the congregation (see below).
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We have been reflecting deeply about the rich tradition of our congregation and the wonderful opportunities we have to explore our musicality and our faith. It has been tremendously important to our process to meet with a broad variety of congregants to discuss what matters most to our members when creating community through worshipful music. If you have not yet had the opportunity to share your thoughts, dreams, or visions for the future of our music program, please complete this survey:
Our goal is a music program that continues the tradition of excellence established by William Peek and reflects the diversity of our congregation and that of Unitarian Universalism itself. We envision that our music, like our sermons, stories, and spaces of worship, will place tradition in conversation with contemporary sensibilities. We seek a music program that is joyful, inclusive, and that helps knit our community together.
We believe that music enhances the worship experience. Under the leadership of our Music Director, William Peek, 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. For more information contact music director William Peek at 718-624-5466.
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 |...|
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 |...|
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 |...|
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 |...|
Palm Sunday Music Service March 24, 2013 11:00 am Works of Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Marielle Murphy, soprano Melissa Paul, mezzo soprano K’idar Miller, tenor Andrew Cook-Feltz, baritone Choir of the First Unitarian Church with String Ensemble William Peek, director and organist On Sunday, March 24, we will present |...|
Palm Sunday Music Service Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata 196 Der Herr Denket an uns from Cantata 148 Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens works of Georg Philipp Telemann and Christoph Graupner Thais Schaller: soprano, Karen Geer: soprano Adam Baritot: tenor, Andrew Cook-Feltz: baritone Choir of the First Unitarian Church with Chamber Ensemble William Peek, organist |...|