In this edition of Meet the Board, we are featuring Dolores Nypaver, Chair of the River City Brass Board of Directors.

Dolores Nypaver

Dolores Nypaver is the Associate Director in the Office for Stewardship and Development at the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Tell us a little about your experience as a community leader.

I love to meet people who want to make the world a better place.  There are many terrific organizations in our area doing wonderful things to help people in need.  Likewise, there are many selfless volunteers who give their time and talents to help others along their way, whether it’s through music, dancing, mentoring, gardening. I have spent time on 15 boards over the years and met some of my best friends this way.  There are always interesting projects for the less fortunate who need assistance.  I find nonprofit service very compelling.

What made you want to join the River City Brass Board of Directors?

I’ve always loved brass music, and I sang with the River City Brass Band many years ago when I was part of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.  My chance to be part of the board came when I met James Gourlay in the Rotary Club.  The more I learned about the Band, the more I was interested, and the more I got to know the board members and musicians, the more I felt like I was part of something great.  River City Brass is one of the best arts organizations in a city loaded with wonderful cultural offerings.

Favorite place you’ve ever been?

That’s hard to say—I love hiking in the Nevada desert, biking in South Carolina, skiing in Vermont, and touring the medieval castles of Europe.  I think my favorite place in the world is Assisi, Italy.  I feel like I’m stepping back into the middle ages when I walk the narrow streets there.

One of my all-time highlights was traveling to Italy with the River City Brass Band in May of 2013.  We saw many remarkable historic places in one of the richest countries in the world for renaissance art and culture.  And we watched the Italians enjoy our very own brass band from Pittsburgh!  It was a wonderful experience.

A genie has granted you three wishes. What do you wish for?

Peace on earth.

To tour the world.

To read a different book every week.