In Wednesday’s (8/26) San Luis Obispo County Tribune (California), Sarah Linn reports, “After 15 years as executive director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Sandi Sigurdson is stepping down. Starting in January, Sigurdson will head Leadership San Luis Obispo, a countywide training program operated under the auspices of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. … When Sigurdson became symphony executive director in 1994, the San Luis Obispo Symphony had only two full-time staff members and operated on a budget of less than $300,000, she said. It performed just four concerts a year. Over the years, the organization has become a performing arts powerhouse, Sigurdson said, with a nine-month season and a nearly $1.2 million annual budget. The 80-member orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. … For the past two years, she’s also served as president of the board of directors for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. Her term ends Sept. 30. … According to Sigurdson, who will remain with the symphony through December, efforts to find her successor are beginning immediately.”

Posted August 27, 2009