Artist Manager


Justin Werner is an operatic professional with extensive experience in production, education, and artist representation. Mr. Werner founded Stratagem Artists in 2018, which cultivates and represents a select roster of classical singers through artist driven collaboration.


Between 2014-2018, Mr. Werner was a co-founder and artist manager at Couret & Werner (C&W) Artist Management.  Mr. Werner gained his initial Artist Management experience at IMG Artists, where he served as an Artist Management intern.


Mr. Werner was the founder and Artistic Director of New York Opera Exchange (2011–2015), which afforded numerous opportunities for emerging singers, directors, and designers to mount critically acclaimed productions. According to Opera Today, "Artistic Director Justin Werner manages to infect others with his enthusiasm through sheer force of charisma and passion."  Additionally, Mr. Werner founded the Independent Student Opera Initiative at Boston University.


A valued advisor for emerging artists, Mr. Werner is a frequent panelist for Opera America's Career Blueprints and Feedback Audition programs. He has presented masterclasses and workshops for institutions such as Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA), Yale School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Boston University, Fort Worth Opera / Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, the New York Opera Alliance, University of Delaware and the Seagle Music Colony. In 2018, Mr. Werner served on the juries of the McCammon Vocal Competition, Talents of the World Annual Voice Competition, MetroWest Vocal Competition, and CS Music Vocal Competition.


Mr. Werner earned his BM in Vocal Performance from Boston University and his Advanced Certificate in Vocal Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Mr. Werner is also proud to be the chair of the On Site Opera Artistic Advisory Council.

Associate Artist Manager


Zoey Preston has performed with many leading orchestras and opera companies including the New York Philharmonic and New York City Opera, as well as recital tours in Europe and the Midwest. 


In addition to her operatic experience, Ms. Preston has worked as a social media strategist for several companies ranging from high end restaurants to a children’s book series. She has completed account internships in two top advertising agencies, acting as the main channel of communication between the creative team and the client. Highlights include her time at Big Spaceship in 2017, where she worked on the Hasbro Games account, assisting in the coordination and development of Monopoly: Cheaters Edition. Ms. Preston has also worked on various analytics teams, using her social media experience to coordinate and communicate with influencers on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.


Ms. Preston earned her BM in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and is completing her MM in Vocal Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.





The art of classical singing is one that demands great commitment, discipline, and enthusiasm.  Along each singer's journey arise questions of repertoire, presentation, and career viability.  Stratagem Artists is proud to offer guidance to those singers who wish to improve their command of the operatic craft, while also addressing the realities of the current classical industry.


Stratagem Artists is committed to artist development. Justin Werner's experience in artist counsel includes presenting masterclasses at the New York Opera Alliance, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA), and such august training institutions as Boston University, Mannes School of Music, Yale School of Music, Fort Worth Opera / Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, University of Delaware and the Seagle Music Colony, as well as serving as artistic director / founder of the New York Opera Exchange (2011–2015).  In 2018, he served on the adjudicating panel of the MetroWest Vocal Competition, McCammon Voice Competition, and the Classical Singer Vocal Competition.

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