GCTYO welcomes Damali Willingham to its team as Conducting Fellow for the 2022-23 season under the tutelage of Music Director Chris Hisey. They will join Glenn Alexander II, who will complete a second year in the program. Damali is a Black, Queer, Nonbinary artist, musician, and activist from Atlanta, GA. They recently received a degree in composition from the Berklee College of Music, where they also studied conducting. Their compositions have been read and performed by youth orchestras and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and they have received multiple prizes and honors. Damali is also a performing bassoonist with a passion for musical innovation that both blends and defies genre.