Celebrating 40 Years of Classical Public Radio


In celebration and commemoration of WDAV’s 40th Anniversary, we are thrilled to have partnered with accomplished composer Dan Locklair to write a series of short pieces for the station. The timeless theme and its many variations will become a regular and identifiable part of our on-air presence. A longtime friend and supporter of WDAV, Locklair lives in Winston-Salem and serves on the faculty of Wake Forest University. His work is creative, meaningful, and inspiring, making him the perfect person to create a signature sound for the station.

The Process

While we knew the pieces would be incredible, the series of variations Locklair has created has far exceeded our expectations. He took a note from the diverse offerings in WDAV’s programs and created dozens of variants for a range of instruments – from string quartet, to solo piano, to organ, to full choir – to showcase the versatility of what WDAV does while symbolically weaving in the unifying motive of four notes signifying
“W,” “D,” “A,” and “V.”


Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His compositional catalog, influenced by a wide variety of traditions, includes internationally performed symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, organ and choral compositions.

Davidson College Chorale
The Chorale is the premier choral ensemble at Davidson College. A highly select, auditioned choir comprised of students from various academic disciplines, the Chorale’s mission at Davidson is twofold: to provide students a well-rounded education in the great historic works from the choral repertoire of the past, and to introduce them to well-crafted contemporary works that are shaping the ever-evolving choral landscape of the future.

Davidson College Brass Ensemble
The Davidson College Brass Ensemble is an all-student ensemble that performs regularly throughout the year, including several free concerts in our community. The group performs a wide variety of repertoire from the Baroque era to modern show tunes and film scores. The ensemble in this recording includes Max Rollfinke ’21 & Ben Haden ’22 on trumpet, Erin Mansell ’22 on horn, Henry Brooks ’19 on trombone and Matthew Kennedy ’19 on tuba.

Jane D. Cain, organ
Cain is Director of Music and organist at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. She founded and manages an ongoing concert series, Organ at Davidson.

Blake Kitayama, cello
UNC School of the Arts
Originally from Boulder, CO, Blake is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at UNCSA with Brooks Whitehouse as a member of the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute.

Peter Smith, piano
UNC School of the Arts
Peter Smith began his musical education at the age of six. At twenty, he currently studies at UNCSA under the tutelage of Dmitri Shteinberg.

Dominique Valenzuela, violin
UNC School of the Arts
Dominique is a student of Kevin Lawrence in his third year of undergraduate study at UNCSA. An aspiring violinist, Dominique performs frequently around the area of Winston Salem and as concertmaster of UNCSA’s Symphony Orchestra.

Jon Hill, guitar & mandolin
An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Hill teaches guitar and mandolin at Davidson College and manages the Music Library on campus.

Lisa Lutgen, oboe
UNC School of the Arts
Lisa recently moved to NC to begin her masters degree at UNCSA after graduating from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Lisa is a member of UNCSA’s Chrysalis Woodwind Quintet.

Delphine Skene, violin
UNC School of the Arts
Delphine has performed in North America and Europe She is pursuing her Master’s degree at UNCSA with Ida Bieler and Janet Orenstein.

Tara Villa Keith, vibraphone
Keith is in her 16th season as orchestra director & associate professor at Davidson College, and tenth season as music director of the Lee County Community Orchestra.

David Schmitz, viola
UNC School of the Arts
David is studying viola performance with Ulrich Eichenauer and violin performance with Ida Bieler at UNCSA, and is also a fellow of the school’s “Chrysalis” chamber music institute.

Mikeal Swanhart, trumpet
UNC School of the Arts
Mikeal currently is pursuing his master’s degree in trumpet performance at UNCSA studying under Professor David Dash.

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