The mission of the Committee of Professional Women is to encourage women and men in business and the professions to support the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra by attendance at concerts, to arrange cultural opportunities and events, to support music education for youth, and to further the appreciation and understanding of symphonic music and the cultural arts in the Los Angeles community.
COPW was founded in 1965 by Mrs. Norman Chandler, Mrs. Lloyd Nix and Mrs. Draver Wilson at the suggestion of Ms. Marion Burke, Mrs. Chandler's Executive Assistant. The original Committee was comprised of twenty-two outstanding Los Angeles women. Today COPW continues to attract career women (and men), both working and retired, who love classical music and the arts. The roster generally includes nearly 100 active members.
COPW hosts four events each year, held at private homes and venues throughout the Los Angeles area. These musical and cultural events include live performances and lectures as well as a meal or Tea. Some recent events featured a Chamber Quartet of LA Philharmonic Strings headed by Ben Ullery; Mark Swed, LA Times Music Critic; Pianist Marina Grozdanovic and a visit to the Grammy Museum. Additionally a long musical weekend is planned every summer. 2014 COPW members and friends attended the San Luis Obispo Mozaic Festival.
The Committee supports the Los Angeles Philharmonic by volunteering at LA Philharmonic educational events including the Toyota Symphonies for Youth and Symphonies for Schools. Working with children in the crafts venue is a COPW favorite. COPW members also are prominent in volunteering at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design each year which both supports musical programs and earns COPW funds for its philanthropic projects, the foremost of which is purchasing tickets to Toyota Symphonies for Youth for children in Group Homes and Crisis Centers.
COPW was instrumental in the history of the Upbeat Live talks that are held prior to LA Phil concerts. In the early 70's, COPW members attended concerts together, and to educate the members in symphonic music, President Anita Priest arranged for experts to give talks before each concert they attended. These talks became so popular, that they evolved into the Upbeat Live lectures that all LA Phil patrons today enjoy at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
For more information on the Committee of Professional Women, visit the web site at www.copw.org.