Women Conductor Fellowship Program

The Girls Who Conduct / Georgia Symphony Orchestra Women Conductor Fellowship Program is designed to support the development of aspiring women, women-identifying, and non-binary conductors through providing mentoring, shadowing, training and practical opportunities.
The program, aimed at aspiring conductors who have shown extraordinary potential, is spread across a full orchestra season and includes observing rehearsals, participating in conducting workshops, being mentored by GWC members and GSO’s music staff, and engaging with education and outreach programs. 

Meet the 2021-2022 Fellows

Renata Dworak Berlin is from Charlotte, N.C. Berlin has served as a clinician with multiple ensembles in Asia, East Africa, Europe and North America. She spent two years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she founded the Ethiopian Peace Choir. In 2020, Berlin began her doctoral studies in music education through Boston University.


Cuban-born conductor Sandra Cepero from Clarksville, Tenn. is winner of numerous awards. She has conducted orchestras in Europe, South America and the United States. Cepero currently is the assistant conductor of the Austin Peay State University Symphony Orchestra in Clarksville.

Columbian conductor Maria del Mar Goyes Rojas is the founder and artistic director of Proyecto Mozart Orchestra, a Columbian youth orchestra. She also is the band and orchestra conductor of Escuela de Musica Desepaz, which provides free musical education to at-risk children in her native country.

JaeEun Kim, originally from South Korea, is currently a Doctor of Music candidate in conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Ind. She is an active educator who has worked with numerous music ensembles at the university and also has served as choral director at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.


Constança Simas from Lisbon, Portugal received her master’s in music degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. She has conducted the Welsh National Opera, and also is a conductor in the Young Women Opera Makers residency program of the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France.


Atlanta-native Catherine Willingham is a senior composition student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Willingham also serves as the music director for the Berklee Motion Picture Orchestra, the school’s largest student-run ensemble.