La Porte County Symphony Board member highlight: Elzbieta “Ela” Bilderback


Elzbieta “Ela” Bilderback was born in Elk, Poland, and immigrated to the United States in 1990. She met her husband and moved to La Porte, where they have raised their daughter, Monika, and son, Joshua.

Ela Bilderback

Ela first became aware of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra when her children attended the Drayton Family Children’s Educational Concerts and her daughter performed with the LCSO in a Side by Side Concert while in high school. She loves symphony concerts as they remind her of a tradition that she and her father shared on Sundays, listening to philharmonic concerts when she was a child.

Ela’s husband passed away in 2015. She then became involved in historic preservation and her home has been featured on the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour. She served on the City of La Porte Historic Preservation Commission and was president for three years. Her interest in local government led to campaigning and she recently was elected as La Porte County recorder.

Ela enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, traveling and volunteering.

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