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Board of Directors

Estelle Barber, Accountant and Business Director, oversees the processing of donations, bookkeeping, and other vital administrative tasks for Animal Place, a sanctuary for factory farmed animals. She enjoys the gratifying work at Animal Place, especially going on hen rescues. 

She has served on the Board of Directors for the Nevada County Composers Cooperative since 2002 as an accountant enjoys working with the composers and board members presenting new music.

She shares five sons and their partners, 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and two unusually well-trained goldfish with her partner, Mark. 

Estelle Barber

Brian Buckley is a career educator (teacher, principal, superintendent) who understands and truly values how arts deepen and extend a human being's relationship with the world.  That understanding was strengthened when Mark Vance mentored his children in music and composition while they were in high school.  Early on Brian discovered he had better skills as an audience member than as a musician or composer,  and  realized he could contribute more as a supporter of the arts than as an artist.  Thus, he spends his time on the NCCC board trying to maintain composer(s). He has also served at various times as Executive Director and a Board Member of the Nevada County Arts Council, and on the Boards of the Friendship Club and the North Columbia School House Cultural Center.  He currently is active as a Big Brother, as a KVMR broadcaster, and with the Sacramento County Office of Education Leadership Institute as a teacher/coach for educators earning their administrative credentials.  Being a retiree of a certain age, he also likes to play golf.

Brian Buckley

Lynn Schugren - Nevada County pianist Lynn Schugren has enjoyed a long career in performing solo and chamber recitals. After living in the bay area for many years, she returned to her family home in 2006, combining her musical talents with that of loving caretaker of her country property Ms. Schugren has long been a champion of new music, having commissioned over a dozen new works for piano by California composers. The newest of these, the Sierra Rhapsody for piano and orchestra by Alexis Alrich, will be presented locally in September of next year. She has also performed for the Composers Project and the Nevada County Composers Cooperative on a regular basis, as well as performing recitals in the bay area and recording  JS Bach’s Well Tempered Klavier. Ms. Schugren will perform a program of Sierra composers in September 2022 on the Old First Concert Series in SF, including 3 world premieres of works she commissioned.

Lynn Schugren

Alexis Alrich - See her bio on the composers page.

Alexis Alrich

Jesse Haennelt - See his bio on the composers page.

Jesse Haennelt

Durwynne Hsieh - See his bio on the composers page.

Durwynne Hseih

Lou Johnson- See his bio on the composers page.


Mark Vance - See his bio on the composers page.

Mark Vance
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