About Us

Our History

The Symphonina Foundation is a non-profit created in 2020 by Dr. David Fogel and Gary Gray.

David and Gary are lifelong musicians who want to ensure that symphonic music is appreciated by younger audiences, and that our great composers around the world have the opportunity to create great new symphonic music, now and forever. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in San Diego, California.

About the Founders

Dr. David Fogel

Director/ Co-Founder

Dr. David Fogel is an award-winning composer with a lifelong love of symphony music. Based in San Diego, California, Dr. Fogel has performed professionally since 1994. In 2018, he created a new genre of music -- the Symphonina -- as a means for introducing symphonic music to young audiences internationally. Dr. Fogel has received Telly and other awards for his compositions, including the soundtrack to Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017, which played in 40 planetariums around the world. Dr. Fogel is a member of BMI, Inc. In addition, he is an award-winning scientist and artificial intelligence pioneer, holding a Ph.D. from UC San Diego and was named in 2009 as one of the top-100 most-influential alumni in the then 50-year history of the university.

Gary Gray


Gary Gray is a Voting Member of the Grammy® Recording Academy and an award-winning composer, producer, and engineer. He has produced multiple projects for 20th Century Fox, Disney, Hollywood Records, A&E, EMI, CBS, and many others. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Gary was a prodigy drummer and was raised on symphonic classical music, R&B, Rock & Roll, and Big Band jazz. He started teaching music at the age of 16 and studied music at Northwestern University, Baldwin-Wallace College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Cleveland State University. He continues today actively working in the industry as a sought-after musician, arranger, producer, and engineer, as well as a mentor for composers, songwriters, musicians, producers, vocalists, and engineers.

Board of Advisors

Wouter Kellerman