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“Life Lessons from Careers in Music”

Paula, Marianne, Liz

By Jon Sievert

With more than a century of music career experience among them, San Miguel musicians Liz Stone, Paula Peace, and Marianne Koerner share their life lessons learned at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Life Lessons from
Careers in Music”
By Liz Stone, Paula Peace, and
Marianne Koerner
Sun, Sep 4, 10:30am
La Posada de Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The three will share personal stories from their varied careers that illustrate the special privileges and tortures of performing, and the inexplicable mystery and power of music. More than just beauty and glory, music offers important lessons for a richer life and more peaceful world. A musician learns the self-confidence to lead, the humility to collaborate, the ability to forgive oneself and others for slip-ups, and gratitude for beautiful moments.

Liz Stone has been a dedicated volunteer pianist for more than a decade at the UU Fellowship, directs the San Miguel Singers and a handbell choir, and accompanies various singers and musicians in concert throughout the year. The daughter of a fine pianist and music teacher, she earned a master’s degree in music and taught children ages 312 for more than 20 years in San Francisco Bay Area schools.

Pianist Paula Peace retired to San Miguel in March 2015 after a career of almost four decades as the founding artistic director and pianist with the Atlanta Chamber Players. During that time she produced concerts and performed in more than 250 cities on three continents, recorded six CDs, and designed and performed hundreds of concert programs, educational lectures, and master classes. Paula holds piano performance degrees from Florida State University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Marianne Koerner began playing the piano by ear when she was three and was eventually classically trained in both piano and voice. After receiving her BA in music from Smith College and an MA in musicology from Columbia, she literally fell into “show biz,” appearing on Broadway and TV for more than a decade. Motherhood intervened and she began teaching singing. Some years later the world of cabaret opened up to her. Marianne has created and performed more than a dozen shows in the NYC area, Florida (where she now lives with composer husband Richard), and San Miguel de Allende.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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