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International Citation of Merit 2014
International Citation of MERIT
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Ann Summers Dossena | 2014 International Citation of Merit Recipient

Ann Summers Dossena will receive the 2014 International Citation of Merit at the New York 2014 Congress, Imagining a New Economy for the Arts. View other ISPA Award winners.

Ann Summers DossenaFrom her 1958 start in New York, through her years in Rome (1968- to her Toronto base (1977-Ann has had a distinguished career in which she created many innovations in music and other performing arts.

Among her accomplishments was initiating the Extended Engagement Plan now known as the Artist in Residence program, funded by the National Endowment.

She produced the first presentations by Carnegie Hall including the Visiting Orchestra series, which remains today. She created the Concert Party series of informal concerts that developed marketing techniques now traditional in many cities.  She produced the first professional music tours to East and West Africa for the American State Department, resulting in a reception in Washington with President Johnson and the signing into law of the National Endowment.  

In 1969, Concert Party extended to Rome. Marriage to RAI TV Director, the late Armando Dossena, led to her work as a presenter and producer of many events, including performances in Rome of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the three-week Music and Architecture Festival featuring over 200 Canadian artists in L’Aquila, two tours of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Italy, tours and La Scala performances for violinist Pinchas Zukerman, conductors Lukas Foss, Kenneth Montgomery and Ermanno Florio, among others.

Returning to Toronto in 1977, Ann established Summers International and authored a handbook for artists Getting It All Together, first published in 1985 by Scarecrow Press. It is still available on and In 1993, at the request of the Intl Institute of Vocal Arts in New York, She found the Villa Mazzotti in Chiari, Italy, as a Center for a four-week study program for singers.  

Ann received the first Manager of the Year Award at the 2012 annual Awards Ceremony of NAPAMA and APAP.  She is an Honorary Life Member of ISPA. 

She currently devotes herself to developing an International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA), a charitable organization for emerging artists.