Ms. Curtis Pendleton brings a varied background to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. A student of renowned flutist Geoffrey Gilbert, she was one of 12 flutists throughout United States chosen for the first annual General Motors National Concerto Competition. As a young musician, she participated in many summer festivals including the Interlochen Arts Academy, Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the International Summer School in Ramsgate, England and L’academie d’ete in Nice, France. A graduate of both the Juilliard School and McGill University, she began her performing career as Principal Flute with the Evansville Symphony in Indiana and with Owensboro Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
She left the orchestral field to become a player in, and later, Artistic and Executive Director of Tales & Scales, a U.S.-based ensemble that commissions and performs new work for young audiences, during which time she performed with the Chicago Symphony, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras among others, and did extensive work in school systems across a 26-state region in the U.S. with students, educators and with orchestral musicians. As a teacher, she has served on the music faculty of the University of Evansville in Indiana, and more recently, at California Polytechnic University, and maintains an active private teaching studio. Before coming to Canada in 2010, Curtis served as the Executive Director of Festival Mozaic, a summer music festival on California's Central Coast, a post she held for 10 years. Curtis began working for the administration of the Vancouver Symphony in 2011, and was appointed Executive Director of the VSO School of Music in March 2012.