The Colorado Music Festival is looking for a new boss -- again.

David Pratt, who in early December accepted the job of executive director of the Lafayette-based Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts, recently reneged on his agreement and decided to stay with the Savannah Philharmonic. He has been with the Georgia organization since 2010.

The CMA made the announcement in a brief statement on its website:

"Much to the disappointment of the CMF & CMA staff, board, and our many supporters, David Pratt has decided to not serve as our Executive Director. We are surprised by this development, but we will return to the recruitment process with confidence. We know we can find a highly qualified person to take the helm in the New Year, we're excited about what's coming in 2014, and we are grateful for your continued support."

A Savannah Philharmonic spokeswoman confirmed Pratt's decision to stay.

Pratt had agreed to start his new job on Jan. 30. The Australia native was to succeed Catherine Underhill, who resigned to return to her hometown, Syracuse, N.Y., to become managing director of the town's Symphoria. Underhill had been with the CMF since 2003.

So, once again, the CMF is in the market for an executive director, as well as a music director. The group has been seeking a replacement for Michael Christie, the innovative conductor who left after the 2013 season in August. Christie is now music director of the Minnesota Opera.

No finalists have been announced for Christie's position, nor have any programs for the 2014 summer season at Chautauqua Auditorium. CMF officials have said each finalist (there likely will be four) will oversee two concerts in one festival week. Christie is expected to return to conduct the sixth and final week.The CMF, founded in 1976, has scheduled its 2014 season for June 28-Aug. 8.