The Venue

The Building

Edward Durrell Stone, architect

This stunning architectural jewel is located in the heart of the historic GE Plot in Schenectady, NY east of Union College atop the hill and next to vanGroot Kill stream.  Designed to represent the congregation”s Unitarian Universalist heritage as well as its forward thinking, the building was commissioned by the Society and completed in 1961.  It was placed on the National Historic Landmark Registry in 2014.  The building incorporates the elements of earth and sky, fire and water, and a bridge to the world leads from its front door.  The theme of interlocking circles is woven into the fabric of the building and its members.  The beautiful Great Hall seats 300 people and its acoustics make it a wonderful venue for the performing arts

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady is an independent congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a part of the St. Lawrence District of the UUA.  It is affiliated with UU congregations in the Capital Region through CRUUNY.  The Rev. Margret O’Neall is the interim minister of the congregation and John Rechovsky is the elected President.  Learn more at:  http://www.uuschenectady.org/

Music Under the Dome

A Place for Folk

A PLACE FOR FOLK is a volunteer organization that presents quality folk music and emerging artists in a beautiful setting. We offer a broad range of folk/acoustic musicians who are internationally and nationally known performers. A Place For Folk opens our doors to the community in a warm, musical embrace and strives to promote and expand musical offerings in our community. In an effort to lift up our local talent we offer twenty minute “openers” to less widely known or local, up and coming artists as a way to enjoy their musical talent and assist them in gaining more followers.  Concerts take place in our indoor amphitheater also known locally as “the whisper dome” within our modern historically acclaimed building.  During the intermission a variety of our society’s groups offer sweet and savory treats and beverages to support their work in the greater world. We hope you”ll join us for music and libations!  We are in our fifth season. The venue was conceived by Melinda & Folkie Dan Perrin who are members of the society. The current chairperson, Lara Turney, is aided by a terrific group of volunteers – you could be one of them! If you”re interested in assisting us with A Place for Folk as we support and promote the arts, please contact Lara at aplaceforfolk@gmail.com

A Place for Jazz 

Started by Butch Conn and the Society in 1987, APFJ is now an independent not-for-profit series of fine fall jazz concerts under the direction of jazz musician, Tim Coakley.  APFJ concerts are still under the dome at the the Unitarian Universalist Association of Schenectady.  For more information and their calendar, visit: http://www.aplaceforjazz.org/

Sunday Mornings

Under the able leadership of Music Director, Gareth Griffiths, Sunday mornings at the Society are filled with quality music from many genres designed to enhance the service experience with a choir, guest soloists and ensembles. Everyone is welcome.