ec·lec·tic -  with a lean toward jazz

/əˈklektik/ - /wɪð/  /eɪ/ / lin/  /təˈwɔrd/ /dʒæz/

adjective

  1. deriving ideas and styles from  diverse  sources - esp. jazz*

Jazz - a type of music of the late 19th century characterized by a strong lively beat and in which the players often improvise**.

** Improvise - to make it up as you go along.

I began my music journey at age two when I improvised pieces at the piano. At age nine, I was given a choice: dance lessons or piano lessons. I wanted to do both!

I still love dance and all the arts. I always somehow knew that music would lead me in the direction of my happiness. At twelve, I published some children's piano pieces in collaboration with David Carr Glover. I played first chair flute and piccolo and piano throughout middle and high school and participated in every music program that was available including orchestra, marching band, chorus, jazz band, and madrigal group. After graduating high school, I earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. My composition teachers include Sherwood Shaffer, Jack Jarrett, Robert Ward, and Charles Fussell.  My post graduate work at Cleveland Institute of Music was with Donald Erb. I later earned a Masters in Teaching and taught elementary music for many years. 

If creating visual works of art are my heart, then music is my soul.

I breathe art and music. I can not imagine my life without them. 

Here are excerpts of recent works I have written. 

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Wind Quintet - Sylvia Mancuso
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Mud in the Tires - Sylvia Mancuso
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New Beginnings - Sylvia Mancuso
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Running - Sylvia Mancuso
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No Distractions - Sylvia Mancuso
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Time - Sylvia Mancuso
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Rear View - Sylvia Mancuso
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In November 2019, Robert Simonds performed my piece for solo violin, "Complicit" at Old First Concerts in San Francisco, California. 

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