Our UUFH music program strives to deepen and enrich each congregant’s quest for truth and beauty. Music is the perfect complement to the words in a service. Melodies, rhythms and harmonies speak directly to our emotions and provide us with understandings that are impossible to grasp through words alone.
Richard Hyman, Music Director
Richard Hyman has been the Music Director at the UUFH since February, 1996. A graduate of Queens College with an MA in Music from Columbia University and an MS in Education from Queens College, Richard Hyman is Director of Vocal Music at Francis Lewis High School in Queens, NY, and Music Director of the Northport Community Orchestra.
Mr. Hyman has composed, performed and conducted music for film, television and live performances. He has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for composer members since 1998. In 2006, the Hofstra University Chamber Singers performed the world premiere of his choral setting, “Written in Pencil”. In 2007, his setting of “Oseh Shalom” was performed at the Vatican. Also in 2007, he was honored as Queens Music Teacher of the Year, winning a piano and $29,000 for his school.
You can contact Richard at email@example.com.
Music In Services
Music has always played an important part in services at the UUFH. The Fellowship is fortunate to have many talented performers who give their time and energy to the congregation and it supports them in many ways.
The choir, under the direction of Richard Hyman, is the nucleus of the music program, but we have instrumentalists and vocalists who perform in small groups or individually, in a variety of musical genres, to enrich the services. Care is taken to choosing music that deepens our understanding, complementing the theme of the service.
The Fellowship Choir
The choir sings at several services each month from September through June, and rehearses every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:30 in the Main Hall. They sing a wide range of literature, from the Renaissance to ethnic music, from Mozart to “hot off the press” compositions by director Richard Hyman and members of the choir. In addition, the Choir presents their annual Music Sunday in the spring, in a service that highlights them with a special theme, such as spirituals, chant, or world music. The Choir also participates in community interfaith events such as the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service and the Martin Luther King Celebration in January.
Singing in the Fellowship Choir is a most rewarding and enjoyable way to take part in the Fellowship community. New members are always welcome – sight-reading expertise, while valuable, is not required. Richard is a creative and talented music director, and the rehearsals and services are full of energy, good humor and fun!
UUFH Choir Mission Statement
We, the members of the choir, coming from varied musical backgrounds, prepare and sing music as an integral part of the Sunday service. We know that experiencing beautiful music can be both passionate and intensely spiritual, for the listener as well as the singer. And so by our singing we will endeavor to touch each congregant’s spirit, inspiring him or her to relate wholeheartedly to the meaning of the service. As choir members we will relish both the consonance and dissonance written into our musical selections. As choir members we will learn to listen to ourselves and to each other and to work together to achieve greater harmony. We will sing for the broader neighborhood of Huntington, as at other venues or a public concert, so as to enhance the spirit of community amongst the people of Huntington. Our sources of authority are the Seven Principles which undergird our faith, and the religious pluralism which enriches it. We commit ourselves to the joy of singing, to the passion of our spiritual message to the congregation and to the enrichment of our communities.
Performers of all ages are part of the Fellowship’s musical life. From time to time, the Intergenerational Orchestra and the Intergenerational Choir are featured in services. Individual musicians of all ages contribute to the regular services as well. Our Talent Shows are another intergenerational activity for the whole congregation. Since May 2006, we have celebrated our UU Heritage Day at the Fellowship, and many of our musicians take part in recreating our UU history through song and dance at this new annual tradition.
Last Licks Café – Monthly Coffeehouse
On the fourth Saturday of each month from September through May, the UUFH hosts its Last Licks Café coffeehouse, featuring a diverse array of musical talent, mostly from Long Island. Open mic time gives individuals a chance to share their varied talents, and the featured acts have ranged from singer-songwriters to instrumental jazz to vocal ensemble to chamber music. There’s a modest admission fee and tasty refreshments are on sale. (Fresh strawberries are the signature dessert.)
Come to the next show!
For more information, visit Last Licks Café website and schedule.