Dec 6 – Jan 1 “Sierra Prelude Project” Premiere

Watch the Sierra Preludes Project Premiere!

Available on our YouTube channel until January 1, 2021


Watch this special performance on this page, or on InConcert’s YouTube Channel!

The project consists of 12 piano preludes commissioned by and performed by Lynn Schugren.

Ten California composers have each written preludes influenced by the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Each piece is accompanied by a visual image and descriptive or inspirational text chosen by the composer.

Composers in the project include Alexis Alrich, Eleanor Armer, Molly Axtmann, Jake Collins, Jerry Grant, Robert Greenberg, Durwynne Hsieh, Dennis Lauderdale, Bruce Nalezny, and Mark Vance.

This project is meant to showcase new music but, also, to bring awareness to the impact humans have on the mountains. Included will be images and text from Sierra Streams and South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL). Conservation of the Sierra is part of the purpose of the project.

To donate to Lynn’s project, click below.  





About Lynn Schugren:

Pianist Lynn Schugren began her studies at the age of 5 with Nadya Lorenz of Berkeley, a protégé of Claudio Arrau. In high school she attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and later was awarded a Ford Foundation Talent Award Grant to study at Mills College.

Ms. Schugren has had a long performance career, in both solo piano and chamber music. She has been a regular guest at Old First Concerts, Crocker Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Julia Morgan Masters of the Piano Series, and more. Her concerts have been broadcast over KPFA, KQED and other classical stations. She has had a long-term affiliation with Music in the Mountains as both a featured soloist and a chamber musician.

Ms. Schugren has long been a champion of new music and has played world and west coast premieres of several important American works. She commissioned The Dance of Shiva from Ken Durling, a well-known Bay Area composer, which was broadcast live over KPFA. Points in Time is a 2017 commission from Nevada County composer Mark Vance. She is currently preparing her Sierra Prelude Project, a collection of 10 preludes which she commissioned from California composers on the subject of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She will premiere the Project in Nevada County in September 2020 and perform it at various venues throughout the state in the 2020 season.

Since moving back to Nevada County in 2006, Ms. Schugren has been involved performing with Music in the Mountains, the Nevada County Composers Cooperative, and the Young Composers Program of MIM, now the Composers Project at InConcert Sierra, as well as in the Bay Area. She is also pianist in the North Star Piano Trio, a chamber group which plays almost exclusively music by women composers. Ms. Schugren currently has teaching studios in her home in Nevada City as well as in the Bay Area.

She lives on her family vineyard in the Sierra Nevada foothills with 4 horses, 2 goats, numerous chickens, four dogs and two cats. When not at the piano, she can be found enjoying her 2 local grandchildren, riding her horse, or out in the garden.