DAVIDSON & CHARLOTTE, NC – Classical Public Radio 89.9 WDAV announced today the addition of a People’s Choice Award to the 2016 Young Chamber Musicians Competition (YCMC), powered by OrthoCarolina.

On May 1 at 3pm in Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall, four of the nation’s top ensembles will compete for their share of $10,000 in WDAV’s third annual Young Chamber Musicians Competition. The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Davidson Day School, will add an additional $2,000, bringing the award total to $12,000.

The audience – rather than the competition judges – will select the winner of this new award. Those present in the concert hall and listening to WDAV’s live broadcast of the program will use a text-to- vote system to select their favorite ensemble.
“We’re excited to add such a unique new dimension to this competition, which has been growing in scope every year,” says Will Keible, director of marketing and corporate support. “The mere presence of an audience already enhances the competition experience for these young musicians, so it’s wonderful that the community can now play a more active role.”

Details of the competition, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at ycmc.wdav.org.

WDAV Classical Public Radio is one of America’s leading producers of original classical-music programming. In addition to producing 156 hours per week for its own broadcast use on 89.9FM, HD- 1, HD-2, and wdav.org channels, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including Concierto, and, in partnership with South Carolina Public Radio, World of Opera and Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s mission is to make classical music accessible to everyone. WDAV’s main source of operating revenue comes from annual member contributions. The station’s 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranges from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can also be heard live online 24 hours a day at wdav.org and iTunes, as well as on any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the WDAV Classical Public Radio app, or the TuneIn, NPR Music, or Public Radio Player apps.

Davidson Day School is a diverse, independent private school for students K-12 located in Davidson, North Carolina. Davidson Day School cultivates academic excellence through collaboration, creativity, and character development. Each student is offered an active, challenging learning environment through a broad array of programs. For more information, visit davidsonday.org.

OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading independent academic orthopedics practices serving North Carolina and the Southeast since 1922. OrthoCarolina provides compassionate and comprehensive musculoskeletal care including operative and non-operative care, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitative therapy. Widely known for musculoskeletal research and training, OrthoCarolina physicians have specialized expertise in foot and ankle, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, hand, pediatric orthopedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our 120 OrthoCarolina physicians see nearly one million patient visits throughout western North Carolina each year. OrthoCarolina. You. Improved.