Yoni Fogelman’s upbringing as a choral singer developed a love for melodies that could not be fully satisfied until he crafted his own. At 20 years old, he has written for soloists, chamber groups, jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras around Los Angeles, embracing classical, jazz, and pop styles zealously. Yoni is currently pursuing a degree in music composition at UCLA, where he composes daily and studies with Ian Krouse. His experiences in the LA Phil’s and the Pasadena Chorale’s Young Composer Fellowships have shaped his love for composition, and Yoni sees his participation in the L’dor vaDor Young Composers Academy as the perfect opportunity to bridge these experiences with his faith. For Yoni, composition is an opportunity to learn more about himself and nurture a relationship with fellow writers, teachers, and performers, and he feels honored to be an inaugural composer in this Academy.
“Art” Tapia-Minchez is a composer and vocalist residing in Gloucester, New Jersey as of November 2022. Art grew up in Southern California, where he attended Riverside City College, and The University of Redlands. As a vocalist, Art has sung in various collegiate ensembles, including: The Riverside City College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, The University of Redlands Chapel Singers, and The Pomona College Choir. One of Art’s recent achievements was being accepted as a composition fellow for the Choral Arts Initiative’s Premier Project 2022, with a performance of his piece “What Remains”, written in his Father’s memory. Art strives to create music that speaks to a person’s heart and mind, touching on subjects such as: religious and cultural diversity, LGBTQIA+ representation, and the deep questions that make us human.
This program is made possible in part through the generosity of the Max Factor Family Foundation.