Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is an internationally recognized composer, author, conductor 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. She is Music Director/Conductor of the Southland Symphony Orchestra, Cal State University Dominguez Hills Orchestra, San Gabriel Valley Symphony Orchestras, and a popular guest conductor for the Culver City, the Coachella Valley and the Inland Valley Symphony Orchestras, among others. She is the Artistic Director of Bethel Arts, and the Southland Rainbow Chorale. She is a frequent performer with The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestras, and is principal violist of the Culver City and Marina del Rey Symphony Orchestras. Her current projects include creating music for a documentary film, and two concerto works. Most recently, she has been contracted by a major academic publisher to create both an “Introduction to Humanities” textbook, and a “Guide to String Pedagogy”, release of both texts is scheduled for Fall 2013.
Dr Mann completed her undergraduate studies at Chapman College, and 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, David Stockhammer and Milton Thomas. As a composer, her mentors include William Kraft, Gunther Schuller and Samuel Adler. Her conducting studies included such notable pedagogues as Maestro John Koshak, Dr. James Vail, Daniel Lewis, and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger. Sylvia’s music is heard on the concert stage, in film, television, and media outlets. Recent works were commissioned for the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and for the Culver City Symphony’s historic concert, “The American Beat - Women Composers”. Dr. Mann 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 the US House of Representatives. She is the recipient of the Shreveport LA Regional Arts Council's prestigious Music Fellowship Award.