Composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who had resigned as artistic director of the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, S.C., says he will remain in the post for another two years.

Menotti founded the festival in 1977."I make this decision for the sake of all the musicians and the public who love the festival," Menotti said.

"My hesitation about continuing was die to well-meaning but misguided administrators who seemed to want to take over my job as artistic director. Now the contract has been made more clear and everybody knows what his job is. So I'm glad to announce the festival will go on and will be better than ever."