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Dr Sylvia Lee Mann, Minister of Music


Dr. Mann, Minister of Music at Bethel United Church of Christ of Ontario CA, is an award-winning composer, conductor and virtuoso performer, appearing with many orchestras in the Southern California area. In addition to her position at Bethel as Minister of Music, she is the Music Director and Conductor of the Southland Symphony and the West Covina Symphony Orchestras, she serves on the music faculty at California State University Dominguez Hills, and is the Associate Conductor of the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra. She is a performer with The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, The Rio Hondo, La Mirada, Peninsula and Southeast Symphony Orchestras, and is principal violist of the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Culver City and Marina Del Rey Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Mann is in high demand as a guest conductor in the Southern California area, most recently appearing with the Coachella Valley, Inland Valley and Culver City Symphony Orchestras.

She is currently composing, conducting and recording music for upcoming feature films and orchestral commissions. Most notably, one of her recent symphonic works, "Moonfire Rising" received its world premiere by the Culver City Symphony Orchestra on January 29, 2011, at the "American Beat – Women Composers" concert. 

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 and the US House of Representatives. Her current projects include creating music for a documentary film, and a large mixed format (live and film) production, both set for December 2012 releases

More information about her original compositions can be found on her website, www.SylviaLeeMann.com. Her original recorded music is available on iTunes, Napster, Real Rhapsody, CD Baby and many other digital music services.

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 & the University of  London.

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, who studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Dr. James Vail of the University of Southern California, Daniel Lewis, Hans Beer and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger.

Dr. Mann served as the principal violist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, The Baroque Artists of Shreveport and violist of the Premier String Quartet. In Louisiana, she was the Music Director of the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony Orchestra program. She 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. She has appeared as a soloist, conductor and composer with many orchestras here and abroad.

Sandy L. Gunn started her musical studies at age 3 on piano, and began accompanying and singing in school and church choirs in grade school. She became a folksinger at age 13, appearing live at local "hootenannies" as well as tv and radio shows with the Classical Guitar Society in her hometown of Wichita, Kansas.

She had her own international folksong radio show at age 15 at Wichita State University. Sandy taught folk and classical guitar, as well as continuing to perform, through her college years.

She continued her music studies at Emporia State College and Kansas State University at Lawrence, while majoring in Foreign Languages.

After moving to California in 1973, Sandy continued to teach and study privately, adding violin and Celtic harp to her musical instruments.

She has taught music as a consultant for the Los Angeles school district and has collaborated with music teacher and author Phyllis Moss to produce a series of music instruction books for LAUSD.

Sandy currently works with partner Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann, publishing and performing their original music, as well as holding the position of Manager of the Southland Symphony Orchestra. She continues to teach privately and is pursuing her teachers credential at California State University at Dominguez Hills.