Formidable talent spotter calls time after 55 years

Formidable talent spotter calls time after 55 years


norman lebrecht

October 18, 2013

Ann Summers Dossena, who managed the careers of  George Shirley, Shirley Love and Louis Quilico, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Claremont String Quartet, and most recently pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, pianist Haiou Zhang and clarinetist Kornel Wolak, is giving up her agency. Extracted press release below.



Toronto, October 16, 2013 – After 55 years as an artist manager, Ann Summers Dossena of Ann Summers International has announced her retirement from artists’ management.  Honoured by her industry in 2012, she has had a distinguished career in which she created and oversaw many innovations in music and the other performing arts.  She intends to devote herself to fulfilling her vision for one of these – the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA), the non-profit, charitable organization she founded in the 1980s to help singers, dancers and other performing artists develop their full potential.
Summers Dossena and the IRCPA Board of Directors will be able to move forward with IRCPA projects.  Chief among them is to fundraise and acquire space to accommodate libraries of donated scores, mentor artists one on one and in groups, hold round-table discussions exchanging ideas and challenges, and to continue the workshops Career Moves and Encounters with Employers.  These workshops provide, amongst other things, a place for artists to try out new directions for advice, without risk to their career.  Such celebrated Canadian singers as sopranos Adrianne Pieczonka and Isabel Bayrakdarian, and tenor Colin Ainsworth were helped bythe IRCPA.  More information is at



  • Barbara Chasson says:

    Who is going to manage the ‘Cuarteto Latinoamericano’… former colleagues and dear friends of mine?

    Barbara Chasson, retired violist from the USA, Holland, Great Britain and Mexico.

    • Rex and Joy Walton says:

      We are organizing a 60th class reunion for the LHS class of 1960 — please send Jeannette Summers your contact info

  • Peter says:

    Hi, Ann,

    Remember me? Congratulations on your retirement! Have a long, healthy and good one. I left but am now back after 16 years.

    Peter, London, UK