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Stephanie O’Keefe has broken a glass ceiling at the American Federation of Musicians by being elected as the first woman president for AFM Local 47 in its 123 year history.
And Danita Ng-Poss, originally from Malaysia, has been elected as secretary and treasurer of AFM Local 47, while Rick Baptist was re-elected as vp of the musicians guild. O’Keefe, a professional French hornist based in Los Angeles, began her career in the showrooms of Las Vegas in 1977 before moving to California a decade later.
She has performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Lady Gaga, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Daft Punk, Dolly Parton, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, and Herbie Hancock. O’Keefe has also recorded scores for commercials, movies, TV shows and video games.
As an advocate for musicians, O’Keefe created her own awareness campaign, Real Music Comes From Musicians in 2006. She has served on the Local 47 Legislative Committee and numerous negotiating committees, including in 2005 when she helped bargain for the first AFM contract for a previously non-union orchestra.
“I am honored to be elected president of Local 47. It has been a goal of mine for many, many years to be an advocate for my fellow musicians… My goal is to bring recognition to the music makers, and dignity to our profession,” O’Keefe said in a statement.
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