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Scholarship Funds

For over 74 years, Pacific Music Camp has had a tremendous influence on the lives of tens of thousands of elementary, junior, and senior high school music students.  We are especially appreciative of those that have provided scholarships and financial aid for children who might otherwise not be able to experience Pacific Music Camp.

The Stephen Perdicaris Pacific Music Camp Endowment Fund was established in January, 2007 to strengthen the mission and long-standing tradition of Pacific Music Camp and to ensure its continued success for generations to come. Annual interest earned is used to assist with camp operations including merit scholarships and financial aid for families in need.  Contributions can be made to recognize the achievements of a child, grandchild or to honor the memory of a loved one. Donors are also invited to all Pacific Music Camp concerts and can choose to have their names listed in concert programs and University of the Pacific publications or remain anonymous.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and can include cash, appreciated securities, real property, life insurance or planned gifts such as in a will, beneficiary or annuity.  To assist us in enriching the lives of young musicians, we ask that you please consider making a gift.  Checks can be made out to “Music Camp Endowment Fund” and sent to:

Pacific Music Camp
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

If you have additional questions or would like to use a credit card, please contact  Steve Perdicaris or call 209.946.3201.  

Stephen Perdicaris has been an adjunct faculty member at the Pacific Conservatory of Music since 1993 and a staff member since 2001.  He became director of Pacific Music Camp in 1999.  Under his leadership, student enrollment doubled and now includes 70 faculty and staff.  

The Niko Winchell Memorial Scholarship 
Niko's love of music began at the age of two while watching and conducting the "Three Tenors" video. He joined his school band program in the 4th grade playing the clarinet and sax; however, Niko found his true calling in his 8th grade jazz band under the direction of Rick Baker who instilled his passion to become the next great jazz guitarist.  Steve Homan, master jazz guitarist and Niko's private music instructor, stoked Niko's passion under his expert tutelage. By age 15, Niko formed his own jazz combo, Jazz Eclectic, which performed live three times prior to his untimely and still unexplained death due to Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC). He also enjoyed composing music and his final performance, 8 days prior to his passing, included his composition "Brainstorm".  Niko inspired all of us with his dedication to his goals and touched so many with his humor, kindness, and creativity.  He truly enjoyed attending the Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp and the inspiration he attained every summer through his teachers and fellow music students. A full-tuition scholarship for a Rio Americano High School Jazz Band (Sacramento, CA) student has been established in his memory. Special thanks to Earl and Niki Heal and the Winchell family.  

Make a gift to the Niko Winchell Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Click on "Make a Gift" and type "Niko Winchell Memorial Fund" in the designation box on the university donation form.