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Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann

Sylvia MannA composer, conductor and virtuoso performer, Dr. Mann performs regularly as a violist and guest conductor throughout Southern California. She currently serves as Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City and is the Music Director and Conductor of the West Covina Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Mann is also the Assistant Conductor of the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra and Professor of String Pedagogy and Upper Strings at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra, La Mirada Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Southeast Symphony, and is principal violist of the Golden State Pops Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony and Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Mann began studying piano at age four and viola and guitar at age ten. Now, she plays a wide variety of instruments, including the Celtic Harp. She completed undergraduate studies at Chapman College and graduate studies in London and at the University of Southern California. She studied viola and violin with notable teachers such as Dr. Thomas G. Hall, Louis Debovsky, John Coppin, Noumi Fischer, Francis Tersi, David Stockhammer and Milton Thomas and advanced composition with William Kraft and Samuel Adler. She studied conducting with distinguished pedagogues such as Maestro John Koshak, who studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Dr. James Vail at University of Southern California and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger.

Dr. Mann lived in Louisiana from 1987 to 2002, where she served as the principal violist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and violist of the Premier String Quartet. She also enjoyed performing with the popular, all woman band “Lip Service” and was the recipient of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s prestigious Music Fellowship Award.

Current projects include composing, conducting and recording the music for an upcoming independent feature film “Notes from the New World,” based on the Dostoevsky novella, “Notes from the Underground.” She recently composed incidental music for a number of short festival films and theatre productions in Los Angeles, as well as multiple chamber music works and symphonic pieces for film, symphony orchestra, chamber music ensemble and choral groups across the nation. Her original recorded music is now available through several digital music services, including iTunes, Napster, Real Rhapsody and CDBaby. She also is a signed artist with DMX, Spafax and Face music, which program music for major cable television shows and music channels, as well as for international airline music selection channels.