DPops draws from from the entire undergraduate student body. We encourage students from any major and department to audition. Some DPops members intend to continue music professionally, while others just want a fun and engaging pops orchestra experience while at Yale.
Below are bios from the DPops Board. The Board meets every week over dinner in the Davenport dining hall and coordinates all DPops activities, from auditions to rehearsals to concerts and social events. Feel free to contact any board member with questions about the orchestra!
2020 – 2021 Board
Audrey Yeung BR’22 | Co-President
Audrey is a junior in Branford College majoring in Neuroscience. When she’s not panicking about her pre-med life she’s playing violin with her beloved DPops, dancing with Yale Movement, eating any kind of snack she can find, or baking. She will also gladly engage in an intense discussion about food with you.
Jeffrey Yu BF’22 | Co-President
Jeffrey is a junior in Benjamin Franklin College majoring in Computer Science. Born and raised in upstate New York, he loves playing the violin in DPops (duh), watching and playing tennis in Thiem-esque style (hit me up to hit!) filling color-coded spreadsheets with recipes (ask me about my pop-up restaurant and nutrition planner!), and traveling all over East Asia (shoutout to teaching English in Japan with HLAB, and studying Mandarin in Taiwan thanks to Light)
Sasha Lioutikova MC’23 | Treasurer
Sasha is a sophomore in Morse College majoring in statistics and data science. Outside of playing cello for DPops, you can find her dancing with Rhythmic Blue, dancing with Danceworks, dancing embarrassingly in her dorm, or dancing embarrassingly in public. She also enjoys drawing cute animals and messages for her peers, learning languages, baking (hopefully well), and sleeping.
Michael Gancz MY’22 | Head Conductor
Michael is a gap-year student conducting independent research in music theory and composition. When he isn’t tooting the trombone or waving his fancy music stick, he also when the is and the of the out hot eat the food.
Kari Hustad BR’22 | Assistant Conductor
Kari is a rising senior in Branford College. With the November election fast approaching, she has taken the semester off to work for a political action committee, but is still conducting DPops in her free time. At Yale, Kari is a Film and Media Studies major, and spends much of her time writing, directing, and producing short films, as well as participating in musical theater and various other campus organizations.
Isabel Sands PC’21 | Head Arranger
Isabel is a senior in Pierson College majoring in physics (int.). When she isn’t playing the viola, she arranges music for DPops, listens to film scores to find new and exciting things to arrange for DPops, and works on simulations of the universe (which she enjoys doing while listening to the music from Interstellar, which she has arranged for DPops). She has a minor obsession with gravity, tea, and comparing things to Dante’s Hell.
Fiona Reed SM’22 | Orchestra Co-Manager
Fiona is a junior in Silliman College majoring in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, if she doesn’t chicken out. From northern Vermont, she is a member of the Yale Alpine Ski Team and can often be found running or hiking in different places around New Haven in an attempt to break her life-threatening addiction to “Game of Thrones.” She likes cats, chai lattes, and cancer biology.
Matthew Pecoraro TD’22 | Orchestra Co-Manager
Matthew is a junior in Timothy Dwight College majoring in chemistry and political science. He plays the objectively better saxophone, the tenor saxophone. Outside of DPops, he enjoys playing quizbowl, whistling, marathoning Avatar the Last Airbender, and playing Pokémon.
Katherine Matsukawa BK’23 | Publicity Co-Chair
Katherine is a sophomore in Berkeley College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. When she’s not playing the cello, you can find her at a thrift store, lobbying local school boards, at Chi Alpha’s Tuesday Night Lives, and being late to any event that happens before 9 am.
Melanie King MY’23 | Publicity Co-Chair
Melanie is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College who has no idea what to major in right now. She often spends either the early mornings or late nights in the fitness center, probably as an excuse to listen to music. Although averse to consuming tomatoes, Melanie enjoys marinara sauce on virtually any dish following a tough varsity IM soccer game. Despite her inability to choose a favorite color (maybe blue) or season (possibly winter), she does know that both DPops and whoever reading this are AWESOME 🙂
Caitlin Brown TC’23 | Social Committee Co-Chair
Caitlin is a sophomore in Trumbull College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Besides playing cello in Dpops, she enjoys playing ice hockey, field hockey, eating fruit, watching Grey’s Anatomy, watering her many succulents, and practicing juggling. Her favorite pizza topping is cheese.
Danny Lee SM’23 | Social Committee Co-Chair
Danny is a sophomore in Silliman College majoring in MCDB. He enjoys playing bassoon in Dpops, watching and playing basketball, and competing in powerlifting. Born in Seoul, South Korea but raised in the US, he also loves binging sitcoms on Netflix, calling his friends in the era of Zoom, and drinking coffee.
Eric Zhang ES’22 | Minis Manager
Eric is a junior in Ezra Stiles College majoring in Computer Science. He plays violin in DPops and plays Smash outside of DPops. When he’s not doing either of those two things he likes to arrange indie music, eat Asian snacks, and pretend that the many projects and ideas he’s “working on” will ever come to fruition. If you’re lucky, you might find him in the wild binging the entirety of Community (season 4 excluded) for the third time this month.
Mudi Yang DC’22 | Davenport Liaison
Mudi is a junior in Davenport College majoring in Computer Science. He plays viola in DPops, and he spends the rest of his time working to break his YouTube binge record. It is often possible to spot him eating ramen, drinking coffee, attempting to conceal his bad haircut, or doing all three at the same time.
Matthew Fan BF’24 | Instrument Library Coordinator
Matthew is a first year in Benjamin Franklin College. When he is not playing the alto sax, you can find him getting strawberry ice cream from Arethusa’s or taking long walks around campus. Matthew also enjoys making podcasts for the YDN and playing pool and ping pong (unnecessarily competitively) with his suitemates.
Keith Calloway BR’23 | Co-Librarian
Keith is a sophomore in Branford College double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. When not playing cello in DPops, you can find Keith attempting to curate the perfect spotify playlist, zooming with friends, or biking. Keith is always down to go get a cup of bubble tea, no matter the time of day.
Molly McLaughlin SM’22 | Co-Librarian
Molly is a junior in Silliman College double majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Political Science with a concentration in health policy. When she’s not running up and down science hill to get from the chemistry building to LC every day, she enjoys reading, writing, spending lots of money at Blue State that she doesn’t have, and engaging in unnecessarily long conversations that usually end around 4:15 AM on a Saturday.
Gabrielle Sevillano TD’22 | Co-Librarian
Gabby is a junior in Timothy Dwight College majoring in history. Outside of playing the viola for DPops, she enjoys bullet journaling, Dungeons & Dragons, comic books, eating bread, and yelling about her latest nerdy hyperfixation.
Anusha Manglik TD’21 | Director of Development
Anusha is a senior in Timothy Dwight College majoring in biomedical engineering. She plays the trombone and likes to arrange music when she gets a few extra minutes (or not). Outside of DPops, she enjoys roasting misogynists, working on her startup, and sleeping. You can usually find her <5 feet away from some kind of food.
Candice Wang BK’21 | Director of Development
Candice is a senior in Berkeley College majoring in history of science and medicine. When she’s not playing violin in DPops, she drinks an average of six cups of tea a day, marathons videos of baby sloths, and continuously rants on and on about the current journalism project she is undertaking. Her other obsessions include Planet Earth (mostly for Sir David Attenborough’s voice), huge bowls of pho, and slicing tofu into squares.
Prastik Mohanraj GH’24 | Musical Leadership Liaison
Prastik is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College and a violist. In his free time, you can find him playing rec sports, binging shows on Netflix, debating virtually anything, drinking bubble tea, and pulling all-nighters.
Vanessa Cheng PC’24 | New Member Liaison
Vanessa is a first-year, proud Pierson Knight, and avid supporter of pineapple pizza. Currently, she is a premed in the popular major known as Undecided. When Vanessa is not binging YouTube videos, she is deeply fond of overthinking movie plots, falling in love with sashimi, staying sane with memes, and screeching Nintendo music on her violin at 2am.
Maggie Schnyer TD’24 | New Member Liason
Maggie is a first year in TD with a major TBD. When she’s not playing violin, she can be spotted in Zooms, playing tennis, taking portraits, and writing. She’s also very much into anything related to Star Wars and the Mandalorian, Brooklyn 99, Mac Miller, Leon Bridges and Noname.
Anna Gumberg DC’22 | New Member Liason
Anna is a junior in Davenport College double majoring in physics and philosophy. While she plays clarinet in DPops, she doesn’t like to be tied down to just one instrument and spends much of her time tinkering around with others, including the banjo and harmonica, to the dismay of her roommates. Anna enjoys musicals, rock climbing, and watching many, many television shows.
Veronica Lee BR’23 | DPops Recruitment Coordinator
Veronica is a sophomore in Branford College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. When she isn’t playing violin for DPops, she enjoys baking, watching SNL, having late-night conversations with friends, and petting dogs!