Sylvia Lee Mann - Conductor, Composer, Violist, Artist


Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann

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Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is an internationally recognized composer, author, conductor, speaker and virtuoso performer, appearing with many musical ensembles in the Southern California area and across the nation.  She serves on the faculty at California State University Dominguez Hills for both the Music and Humanities Departments.  Dr. Mann is the Music Director/Conductor of the Southland Symphony Orchestra and Cal State University Dominguez Hills Orchestra, and a popular guest conductor for the Culver City, Coachella Valley and Temecula Valley Symphony Orchestras, among others. She is Pastor & Minister of Music at Bethel Congregational Church, UCC, of Ontario, CA, as well as the Artistic Director of Bethel Arts. She is a frequent performer with The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, La Mirada and Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestras, a collaborator with the Repertory Opera Company, and is principal violist of the Culver City and Marina del Rey Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Temecula Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Having begun her musical studies at age 4, she completed undergraduate studies at Chapman College, and graduate studies at the University of Southern California & London University. As a violist and violinist, she studied with many distinguished teachers, tracing the pedagogical line back to Ivan Galamian.   As a composer, her mentors include William Kraft, Gunther Schuller, and Samuel Adler. Her conducting studies included such notable pedagogues as John Koshak, Hans Beer, Daniel Lewis, James Vail, Rodney Eichenberger, Gunther Schuller, and Neville Mariner.

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Mann resided in Louisiana from 1987 - 2002, where she served as the principal violist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Artists of Shreveport and violist of the Premier String Quartet, and was the Director of the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony Orchestra program. She also enjoyed performing with the popular all-woman rock band, “Lip Service” and was the recipient of the Shreveport LA Regional Arts Council’s prestigious Music Fellowship Award.

Sylvia’s music is heard on the concert stage, in film, television, and media outlets. She has composed for a number of films and theatre productions in the Los Angeles area, as well as multiple chamber music works and symphonic pieces for symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and choral groups across the nation. Current projects include a documentary film and two concerto commissions. Works have also been commissioned and performed by the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and for the Culver City Symphony’s historic concert, “The American Beat - Women Composers”. Dr. Mann was a 2015 recipient of a special award from CSU Dominguez Hills for her scholarship, research and creative activities, and has been recognized by the City of West Covina, County of Los Angeles, and L.A. County Fair as a “Community Hero” for her work in the arts, and received “Woman of the Year in the Arts” awards from the California State Legislature and the US House of Representatives. She has also received additional awards from CSUDH for continued creative work; her outstanding participation in the CSU/CSUDH Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative and contribution to student learning. She is a recent ACME Honoree of Mu Phi Epsilon.

Dr. Mann’s two textbooks, “Introduction to Humanities “and “Guide to String Pedagogy” are scheduled for release in  Spring or Fall of 2018.  Her most recent CD, “Viola Live” was released in July of 2016. Her original recorded music is now available at Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, and all digital music services. More information about Dr. Mann, her performances, appearances and original compositions can be found at

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