I am most honored to have a second opportunity to serve as COPW’s President. My first term was back in 1999-00, when our major worry was the impact of Y2K on computer systems. At that time, COPW did not have any male members, although we had several Distinguished Friends of that persuasion. Hard to imagine, now. But when new member Meredith Taylor asked us to clarify if we were – or not – open to men, the Board unanimously approved a bylaws change. COPW became officially “coed”, and we’ve never looked back.
I don’t expect any similarly momentous changes during my new term, but do anticipate welcoming new members of all stripes, enjoying classy and enriching events, supporting musical opportunities for youth, and joining with our members in volunteering for the Philharmonic.
COPW is a very rewarding organization, with minimal demands on your time if you'd prefer, and ample opportunities for involvement if you'd like. Our members are engaged and engaging people with a deep love of music, but also of community service and a broad variety of cultural activities. They step up to volunteer and frequently take leadership roles. Our events are intimate and pleasurable. If you are looking for an opportunity to share your love of music with like-minded friends in an organization that respects your busy schedule, please get in touch
Annette Colfax, COPW President
Opening the Concert Hall to Disadvantaged Children is a cornerstone of COPW's mission.
It’s not about the orchestra. It’s not about the hall. It’s not about the games and activities. It’s about the kids, showing youngsters who are among the most vulnerable in our community that beauty still exists and the mystery of classical music is not so mysterious after all.
For more than eight years, the Committee of Professional Women (COPW), an Affiliate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has donated tickets to youngsters residing in group homes to attend a performance of the LA Phil. These half-day events are presented eight times a year at Walt Disney Concert Hall and are a part of the LA Phil’s Symphonies for Youth concerts sponsored by Toyota. The concerts are dedicated to and designed for youngsters ages five to eleven.
COPW received a Gold Book Award from the League of American Orchestras for this program in 2008. Since that time, the number of tickets donated has increased 50 percent and in 2013 the program was expanded to include residents of domestic violence shelters. Mothers and their children are now able to attend a concert together—
many for the very first time—to experience beautiful music in a safe and welcoming environment.