Letter from the Director

Dear Civitellians,

It has been almost a year now of grappling with the emerging and ever changing news of COVID.  To help us, we have formed a COVID task force consisting of public policy makers, infectious disease and other doctors, politicians, health workers, labor advisors, and residency colleagues.

Their monthly guidance has been critical to our planning, and as a result, we will open in May, 2021, a bit later than usual, but with four full groups as always.

I want to thank our Board of Directors, so keenly aware and supportive of our research, the COVID committee itself, and our staff both in New York and in Italy, for standing firm, open, and curious us as we navigate information and procedures.  Everyone’s hard work is paying off and we have all learned a great deal about working remotely!

It has been a chilly and foggy winter here at the Castle, but as always, the landscape and spirit of the Castle compensate.  Long walks, masked meetings, and lots of library housekeeping have been recent priorities.

Our next jury will select international composers and will be held in the fall. We are already at work securing jurors and nominators from all corners of the world.  Mobility is important for all of us as artists and I trust that vaccines will become more readily available to insure safe international travel.

We appealed to our entire community to lend a hand financially in these difficult times and were overwhelmed, as usual, with the generosity, enthusiasm, and support we received.  Thank you all for believing in the mission of Civitella and in the support of artists, writers, and composers world-wide.

With all best wishes,

Dana Prescott
Executive Director