Biz Buzz: Festival Mozaic executive is leaving

After leading the organization through several changes in the past decade, Festival Mozaic’s executive director is stepping down and moving to Canada later this year.

Curtis Pendleton, who was hired to lead the classical music festival after a national search in 1990, will continue to work through this summer’s festival in July and through the fall. Then she will move with her family to Vancouver, British Columbia, to fulfill family obligations. Both her husband and daughter are Canadian citizens.

When Pendleton was hired 10 years ago, the festival was known as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. She led the festival through a name change and rebranding. She also guided the organization through the hiring of new director Scott Yoo six years ago. During the past two years, attendance has increased notably, with sold-out concerts and events.

Pendleton is a trained classical musician herself with degrees from McGill University in Montreal and the Juilliard School. When she leaves San Luis Obispo, she will also step down from her role as a faculty member in Cal Poly’s music department.

The festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this summer. The board of directors has initiated a national search to replace Pendleton, who will assist in the search and transition.

— Pat Pemberton