Sylvia Lee Mann - Conductor, Composer, Violist, Artist
Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann
Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is a internationally recognized composer, conductor and virtuoso performer, appearing often with many orchestras and ensembles throughout the Southern California area. In addition to her positions as Music Director and Conductor of the Southland Symphony Orchestra and the California State University Dominguez Hills Orchestra, West Covina snd San Gabriel Valley Symphony Orchestras, she is the Artistic Director of Bethel Arts and the Southland Rainbow Chorale. Dr. Mann serves on the faculty (music and humanities departments) at California State University Dominguez Hills, is a popular guest conductor for the Culver City Symphony Orchestra, Coachella Valley Symphony and the Inland Valley Symphony, the Minister of Music at Bethel UCC (Congregational) Church in Ontario, CA and associate conductor of the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra. She is a frequent performer with The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, The Rio Hondo, La Mirada, Peninsula, Southeast, Beach Cities and Culver City/Marina del Rey Symphony Orchestras. Her music is heard on the concert stage, as well as in film, television, and various media outlets.
Her musical studies began at age 4. She completed her undergraduate studies at Chapman College, and did her graduate studies at the University of Southern California & London University.
She studied viola and violin with such notable teachers as Dr. Thomas G. Hall, Louis Debovsky, John Coppin, Noumi Fischer, Francis Tersi, Milton Thomas and David Stockhammer. As a composer, her mentors include William Kraft, Gunther Schuller and Samuel Adler. Her conducting studies included such notable pedagogues as Maestro John Koshak, who studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Dr. James Vail of the University of Southern California, Daniel Lewis and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger.
From 1987 - 2002, Dr. Mann lived in Louisiana, where she served as the principal violist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, The Baroque Artists of Shreveport and violist of the Premier String Quartet. She was the Music Director of the Shreveport Symphony Players Association Orchestra, and theArk-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.