The Cha Chi Ming Recital Hall at the Bowes Center. (Courtesy San Francisco Conservatory of Music)

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Forges Key Alliance

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will acquire Opus 3 Artists, forming an unprecedented strategic alliance that links the leading management company for professional musicians and ensembles with the students, faculty and community of one of the world’s finest conservatories.

The acquisition is the first of its kind and creates a new operating model committed to artistic excellence from the training of young musicians to the premier representation of professional artists around the world. The alliance is effective immediately.

Opus 3 Artists will continue to operate as an autonomous company, delivering global management services for over 250 distinguished artists. SFCM remains an independent conservatory serving almost 500 of the most talented students from around the world. David H. Stull, President of SFCM, will serve as Chairman of the alliance, overseeing a joint strategic leadership team charged with building a sustainable economic model that leverages infrastructure and provides new resources for collaboration and creative production.

David V. Foster will continue as President and CEO of Opus 3 Artists. The alliance is being announced concurrently with the launch of the new SFCM Bowes Center, a state-of-the art residence, training and performance facility for students and professional artists, opening this month.

“SFCM and Opus 3 are dedicated to supporting the finest artists of our time and cultivating the emerging talent of tomorrow,” said Stull. “This ambitious model will support a mutual amplification of mission and provide a platform for limitless artistic collaboration and project development. By coming together, our two institutions will also create new pathways for diverse artists and leaders to enter the profession. I am deeply grateful to our anonymous angel investor who made this possible.”

Foster added, “The alliance is a triumph of new thinking and possibility for the future at a critical time in the performing arts. Thoughtful and imaginative collaboration is the currency of success for our common future. Opus 3’s artist managers and staff enthusiastically embrace this opportunity for ourselves and our clients, and we all share the aspiration to keep music vibrant and to support participation for all in every community.”