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!

2021 – 2022 Board

Sasha Lioutikova MC’23 | Co-President
Sasha is a junior 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.

Danny Lee SM’23 ​| Co-President
Danny is a junior 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.

Audrey Yeung BR’22 ​| Director of Development
Audrey is a senior 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 ​| Director of Development

Jeffrey is a senior in Benjamin Franklin College majoring in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. 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)

Anna Gumberg DC’22 | Director of Development
Anna is a senior 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.

Josh Guo DC’24 | Orchestra Manager
Josh is a sophomore in Hopper looking to major in EP&E. When he’s not playing piano for DPops, he is also composing, arranging, and listening to all sorts of music, going on long runs, trying new restaurants in New Haven, attempting to cook new recipes, watching his favorite TV shows, or incessantly annoying his friends in their rooms.

Michael Gancz MY’22 | Head Conductor

Michael is a senior who just completed a gap year 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.

Sayda Martinez-Alvarado DC’23 | Assistant Conductor
Sayda is a junior in Davenport College majoring in Psychology and is in the Education Studies program. Outside of conducting for DPops, Sayda loves meeting new people and spending her time mentoring first-generation, low-income students. Sayda’s secret talents include cutting people’s hair, baking pies from scratch, and always securing the Davenport dining hall key for DPops board meetings.

Maggie Schnyer TD’24 | Assistant Conductor + Social Committee Co-chair
Maggie is a sophomore 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.

Eli Gilbert BF’24 | Assistant Conductor

Eli is a sophomore in Franklin from Santa Cruz, California, majoring in CS and Math. When not playing clarinet, composing, or conducting, Eli enjoys exploring cities, running, playing disc golf, rooting for the San Francisco Giants, and eating ice cream.

Vanessa Cheng PC’24 | Social Committee Co-chair
Vanessa is a sophomore, proud Pierson Knight, and avid supporter of pineapple pizza. Currently, she is a premed aiming to major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. 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.

Melanie King MY’23 | Publicity Co-Chair
Melanie is a junior 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 is reading this are AWESOME 🙂

Minseong Kim SM’23 | Publicity Co-Chair
Minseong (Min) is a junior in Silliman who’s planning to major in Global Affairs and/or Economics. He grew up mainly in Korea and Italy, and supports certain variants of Hawaiian pizza in spite of condemnation from his Italian friends. Among other things, he loves playing/listening to/arranging music, reading, jogging, enjoying good food/drinks, being awestruck by random things and admiring all things adorable 🙂

Prastik Mohanraj GH’24 | Treasurer
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.

Eric Zhang ES’22 | Minis Manager
Eric is a senior 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 senior 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.

Michael Lee SM’24 | Director of AV Team

Michael is a sophomore in Silliman majoring in Applied Physics. In addition to playing clarinet, he also plays the camera and the computer. While he is not doing music or video things, folks will find him yakking away to other folks on random movies or retro video games. Other times he will lie, sit, stand, run, walk, or bike aimlessly around campus while contemplating internet-debatable questions. Examples include “is water wet”, “does a straw have two holes or one”, and “what came first, DPops or the DPopper”.

Molly McLaughlin SM’22 | Librarian
Molly is a senior in Silliman College majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. When she’s not playing clarinet for DPops, she enjoys reading, biking, hiking, baking/cooking, spending lots of money at Blue State that she doesn’t have, and watching movies with friends before 10PM (otherwise, she falls asleep approximately thirty minutes into the movie).

Shea Hinojosa MY’24 | Librarian

Shea is a sophomore in Pauli Murray studying Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry on the premed track. Other than air-bowing at DPops rehearsals, he loves playing IM soccer, taking poorly-timed naps, and messing around with his suitemates. If you spot someone on a light-up scooter zooming to Brick Oven on a Sunday night, it’s 110% him.

Veronica Lee BR’23 | DPops Recruitment Coordinator
Veronica is a junior 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!