About Friends of Chamber Music

About Friends of Chamber Music

Board of Directors

Dwane Milnes, President
Michael Spencer, Vice President
Sara Milnes, Treasurer
Peter Meyer, Secretary

Marilyn Draheim
Patricia Hammer
Jonathan R. Latta
Glenn Pillsbury
Steve Schermerhorn
Carl Serpa
Patricia Shands
Chris Steffanic
Veronica Wells

Artist Selection Committee

Michael Spencer, Chair
Glenn Pillsbury
Ira Lehn
Patricia Shands


Walter H. Perl (1956)

Past Presidents

Carole Gilbertson
Michael Spencer
Janet Bonner
Kathe Underwood
Martha Tipton
Frank Dick
Mary Jensen
Mary Chamberlain
Helen Kessel McCrary
Virginia Short McLaughlin
Wilfred Mitchell, PhD
Tasha Stadtner
Marjorie Williams
Alfred Rageth
Robert Adams, MD

Concert Time and Location

All FOCM concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.  They are held in Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the University of the Pacific.

3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA

Our Mission & History

The mission of the Friends of Chamber Music of Stockton is:

to develop, sustain and advance an interest in professional quality chamber music for the citizens of Stockton and surrounding communities.

To advance this mission, we present five high-quality chamber music concerts each year at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, performed by internationally recognized professional musicians. We welcome all audiences, drawing from Merced to Sacramento, and the East Bay area to the Central Sierra foothills.

Now in our 62nd continuous season, Friends of Chamber Music of Stockton has been serving Stockton and the surrounding communities for more than a half a century.  The organization was founded by Walter H. Perl in 1956 with support from local donations and a Ford Foundation grant for the promotion of chamber music. The initial Board of Directors was a small group of chamber music enthusiasts, primarily faculty of what was at the time the College of the Pacific. In 1986, the Board membership was increased and expanded to reflect community members with a broad range of backgrounds, geographical locations, and interests.  The Executive Committee, Board Members, and Artist Selection Committee are all volunteers. There is no paid staff.

Friends of Chamber Music has consistently maintained the highest musical standards, presenting such well-known groups as the Beaux Arts and Amadeus Trios, the Julliard, Guarnieri, Tokyo, and Kronos Quartets, as well as many other groups from the Americas, Europe, and Asia.