San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Opus 3 Artists Announce Apprenticeship Program for Exceptional Early Career Musicians


The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) and Opus 3 Artists are proud to present the Artist Apprentice Program, a mentorship initiative that matches seasoned managers with an exceptional early-career musician and a carefully crafted support network for the ‘individual.

The program will be launched with a partnership between violinist Amaryn Olmeda, SFCM Isaac Stern Violin Chair Ian Swensen and Opus 3 Managing Director of Artists Robert Berretta, Senior Vice President and Director of Artist Development Patricia Winter and the associate director Constance Chiu.

Olmeda will also join the roster of Opus 3 artists and will be the youngest member.

“When SFCM formed an alliance with Opus 3 Artists, we envisioned new opportunities to identify and support early-career artists through one phase of success. The Apprentice Artist Program is a fantastic example. of activating this mission, and we can’t think of a more extraordinary musician to showcase this unique model with,” said SFCM President David Stull. SFCM acquired Opus 3 Artists in October 2020.

In 2021, at age 12, Olmeda received First Prize and People’s Choice Award at the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition. She was a member of National Public Radio’s classical music podcast, “From the Top,” and has been featured as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and others. This year, Olmeda performed with the Seattle Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. She is a pre-college student and recipient of the Joseph Chan Scholarship at SFCM, studying violin with Swensen.

“I am incredibly thrilled and honored to join the family of Opus 3 artists,” said Olmeda. “Opus 3 has long represented the finest solo artists and ensembles from around the world, and I am now privileged to be a part of their legacy. I am thrilled with this opportunity and look forward to being on stage once again. , this time as an Opus 3 artist!”

As part of the program, Opus 3 will work with Olmeda, his family and his teacher on activities such as tour planning, schedule management, contract negotiation, record production and other skills that professional artists usually rely on their managers to provide. The program will ensure that its apprentices are sufficiently considered to juggle schoolwork, training, performance, personal growth and time with caregivers and friends so that young artists can build healthy lifestyles. and complete while pursuing a concert career.

Candidates for the highly selective Artist Apprenticeship Program are identified and hired directly by SFCM and Opus 3 artists. A bespoke program will be designed to meet the needs of each prospective participant, some of which will involve mentorship for artists early in their career who are not yet seeking or eligible for professional representation.

“In Amaryn we see a unique combination of superb training, keen musical instinct and charisma beyond his years,” Berretta said. “We are proud to welcome him to the Apprentice Artist Program, which continues Opus 3 Artists’ decades-long legacy of finding, nurturing and developing extraordinary young musical talent while achieving our common goal with SFCM. to advance the future of music and provide powerful platforms for early career artists.”


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