We make a joyful noise! We are Unitarian Universalists!
Music, creativity and expression have been a cornerstone of our services since our beginnings in 1987. Each service includes music designed to complement the topic and essence of the day’s service.
Pre-pandemic - in addition to weekly preludes, hymns and offertory piano selections - we included special guest musical talent such as:
young singers pursuing a dream of international operatic careers, guitarists, gypsy jazz, indigenous Mexican songsters. native flutists, horn players, bell ringers, violinists, counter tenors, or concert duos — all performing for an appreciative and always enthusiastic audience.
Our minister, Rev.Tom Rosiello, has a passionate commitment to the role of music in Sunday services. With his deep knowledge of the UU hymnal, he expertly weaves together meaningful hymns and anthems in support of the day’s message and our commitment to spirituality, community, and social justice.
Since March 2020, when the Fellowship switched to virtual Sunday services, Paula Peace and Malcolm Halliday have designed creative ways to broadcast live and pre-recorded performances of rich and varied musical styles including piano, organ, vocal, world artists, classical masters, and pop giants. Therefore, during COVID, Sunday Zoom services continue to be filled with wonderful music. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons!
Paula Peace Pianist Paula Peace received the 2016 Georgia Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities for her decades of work founding and sustaining the Atlanta Chamber Players since its inception in 1976. She currently holds the title Artistic Director Emeritus. During her tenure at ACP, Paula produced concerts and performed in more than 250 cities; produced, edited, and performed on six recordings and CDs; and designed and performed hundreds of concert programs, educational lectures, and master classes through the South. In particular, her work founding and leading the Rapido! 14-Day Composition Contest was highlighted bringing international attention to Georgia. Under her direction, the Rapido! contest grew from a regional competition to one that encompasses all 50 US states and has resulted in the creation of more than 1,200 new works for chamber ensemble.
Paula Peace served as Assistant Professor of piano and Coordinator of chamber music at Georgia State University in Atlanta and was an Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University. Paula’s piano mastery is most frequently heard in San Miguel at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets Sundays at 10:30am. A Unitarian Universalist for more than 50 years, she retired to SMA in 2015 and currently chairs the UUFSMA Sunday Service Committee, who plan the weekly in-person or virtual Zoom Sunday services.
Malcolm Halliday Pianist, organist and conductor Malcolm Halliday has performed in the United States, Mexico and Europe, both as a soloist, conductor, and in collaboration with singers, instrumentalists, and orchestra. In the summer of 2017, he made San Miguel de Allende his principal residence. He returns periodically to the US to play concerts and do interim church work. In San Miguel he has started a teaching studio and recently co-founded Chorale San Miguel, a community chorus dedicated to performing major choral works with a semi-professional chorus and professional caliber instrumentalists. Malcolm enjoys working with our UU Fellowship and has played occasionally for services for close to fifteen years, ever since he first started visiting San Miguel!