SSO Chorus


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The SSO Chorus

The Southland Symphony Orchestra announces the continued growth of The Southland Symphony Orchestra Chorus!

The Southland Symphony Orchestra Chorus is part of the SSO family, joining in concerts with the Southland Symphony Orchestra. The chorus is a volunteer organization, open to all singers. (A voice placement audition may be required of new members.)


The chorus is a growing, dedicated group of singers from the community. We made our debut at the "Tribute to Democracy" Concert with the SSO on Sunday October 23rd, 2016 at 4pm at Bethel Congregational Church. 


Under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann, the orchestra and chorus bring wonderful music to the city of Ontario, and our neighboring communities.


During the 2016-17 season we presented the "Requiem" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at our Sunday March 5th concert, a performance which resulted in special recognition from "Distinguished Concerts International New York", and an invitation to The Southland Symphony Chorus to participate in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem on the Distinguished Concerts International New York Concert Series in New York City.


For the 2017-18 season opening concert on Sunday October 8th, we presented Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, as well as his "Hallelujah" from The Mount of Olives; on December 10th, we presented Handel's "Messiah", and of course we traveled to New York City and again performed Mozart's Requiem, this time in a stellar performance with DCINY on Monday, February 19, 2018 – President’s Day Weekend- in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium under the baton of Dr. James Meaders, and we were there! And more big news - we have an open invitation to return!



Openings exist in all voice categories. Please join us.
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Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann - Conductor

Dr MannDr. 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, and at the Chaffey College Music Department. 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 Temecula 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, a collaborator with the Repertory Opera Company, and is principal violist of the Culver City and Marina del Rey Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Temecula Valley Symphony Orchestra.


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. She has also received additional awards from CSUDH for continued creative work, as well as for her outstanding participation in the CSU/CSUDH Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative and contribution to student learning. She is a recent ACME Honoree of Mu Phi Epsilon.


Dr. Mann’s two textbooks, “Introduction to Humanities “and “Guide to String Pedagogy” are scheduled for release in Fall of 2018.  Her most recent CD, “Viola Live” was released in July of 2016. Her original recorded music is now available at Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, and all digital music services. More information about Dr. Mann, her performances, appearances and original compositions can be found at