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2022 - 2023 Finalists

Aaron Fischer is a composer and multidisciplinary creator whose work aims to foster community and kinship through music, prose, theater, and game design. He joins L’Dor vaDor to further this work, investigating the compositional techniques and performance practices that give sacred music its extraordinary community-building power: to not merely communicate emotion, but create it, inspiring solidarity through shared experiences of nostalgia, joy, grief, awe, and reverie.
Aaron earned his BA at Brandeis University and his MFA at the University of the Arts. He has composed, sound designed, written, directed, and performed for dozens of theater productions from coast to coast and in three countries. As a ghostwriter, he has contributed to more than 30 works of authoritative non-fiction for a clientele that has included Nobel Prize winners, NYT bestsellers, and founders of multi-billion-dollar enterprises worldwide. Learn more at AaronFischer.org and www.TheSpaceCadets.space.

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.