Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann - Music Director and Conductor

Sylvia Lee MAnn" Our purpose is to enrich our community by engaging audiences and inspiring a love of music through exciting live symphony performances, innovative programming, and educational outreach." ... Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann


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 Inland 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, and is principal violist of the Culver City and Marina del Rey Symphony Orchestras.


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.


Dr. Mann’s recent publications include two textbooks, “Introduction to Humanities “and “Guide to String Pedagogy”.  Her original recorded music is now available at iTunes, CDBaby, and all digital music services. She also is a signed artist for DMX, Spafax and Face music - which program music for major cable television shows & music channels, as well as for major airline music selection channels. More information about Dr. Mann, her performances, appearances and original compositions can be found at http://sylvialeemann.com.

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"Genius" Concert SAT April 21 3pm

Get your tickets now for our upcoming "Genius" concert, featuring music of Mozart, Bernstein, Rossini, and Gounod.

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  • 04/21/2018
    SSO Presents Genius! - Ontario, CA
  • 06/10/2018
    Season Finale - Ontario, CA

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SSO Chorus at Carnegie Hall

The SSO Chorus took part in a Presidents' Day performance of the Mozart Requiem. Our singers and VIP guests paid their own way to get there! The concert was fantastic - We will receive a copy of an archival DVD, and plan to have a "viewing party" (Date and time TBA) and we hope to return for another event perhaps next year! If you would like to help us, please donate today!

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