Jessica Kim Jessica is a junior cellist (woot!) hailing from Long Island, now a proud resident of Winthrop House. When not occupied with Pops related activities, she plays on the Harvard College Women's Club Lacrosse Team, watches endless Ellen videos on YouTube, and if she has time to spare, she tries to be a student and studies Chemistry.
Elida Kocharian Elida is a rising sophomore in Adams House from Los Angeles who doesn't know what she's studying, but that's ok, she has time, right?? Her claims to fame include perfect rehearsal attendance with stand partner-in-crime Max Gillmer (#BassSectionBestSection), auditioning for Pops on a kazoo, and being too short realize her dream of becoming an astronaut. You can find her at 7:50am most weekdays at Thayer Gate with Pops posters, tape, and her smiling face braced against the bitter New England wind.
Michael Chen Michael is a sophomore in Adams House studying Applied Mathematics. He comes from the warmer climates of Hawaii and can be found rushing to places in the winter order to minimize time spent in the freezing New England weather. Michael started his music endeavors on the violin but switched to the clarinet once he realized how superior the clarinet is (sorry, violins!). When not clarinetting or conducting in Pops, he can be found playing tennis or eating acai bowls and sushi.
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Eli Martin Eli is a sophomore (or maybe junior if this is for next year, idk) in Eliot House concentrating in Integrative Biology. Eli plays the trombone and also loves animals.
Mauranda Men Mauranda is a junior in Adams originally from NJ (both geographical gems), concentrating in physics. When not wrangling printers or folders full of music, she can be found in her natural state: ducking between various labs and practice rooms. She also enjoys rereading Hitchhiker's Guide, figure skating, watching actual figure skaters, critiquing poetry, and generally trying her best not to live life like anyone in Infinite Jest.
Ava Hampton Ava Hampton is a co-librarian and first violinist in the Harvard Pops. She is thrilled to rejoin the orchestra for her second year. A member of the Class of 2021, Ava lives in Currier House and plans to study History and Literature. She enjoys finding new reading spots on campus, making terrible puns, and attempting to play the ukulele.
Susan Xu Susan is a member of the class of 2019 studying computer science and a proud Matherite. For Pops, she plays violin and uploads videos of the concert so everyone may relive their favorite Pops moments over and over again. When not in Pops, you can probably find her dancing with the Asian American Dance Troupe, pulling an all-nighter because she procrastinated on her pset, sleeping in Cabot or Northwest basement due to said all-nighter, or getting boba.
Rachael Dawson Currently living in Leverett House as a pre-med junior pursuing a joint concentration in Chemistry and Music, Rachael Dawson is a vibrant violinist from Charleston, South Carolina. With her southern charm, Oreos, and Fig Newtons, Rachael fulfills her duty as Food Sensei of Pops to mollify the rumbling stomachs of fellow popsies. Outside of Pops, Rachael can be found teaching Zumba classes, or grabbing meals in various dhalls to meet up with friends. Please say hi to Rachael if you want to get to know her, or just want to see your favorite snack at next week's rehearsal!
Jessica Kim Jessica is a sophomore cellist (woot!) hailing from Long Island, now a proud resident of Winthrop House. When not occupied with Pops related activities, she plays on the Harvard College Women's Club Lacrosse Team, watches endless Ellen videos on YouTube, and if she has time to spare, she tries to be a student and studies Chemistry.
Madeleine Tolk Madeleine Tolk (sophomore) hails from the beautiful mountains of Bountiful, Utah. She currently resides in Currier House and is concentrating in English with a secondary in Psychology. When she's not playing violin in Pops, Maddie enjoys re-reading the Harry Potter series, singing along to Broadway soundtracks, procrastinating readings by looking-up funny YouTube videos, watching Jane Austen adaptations/period dramas, and eating anything with caramel. She looks forward to another year in Pops!
Alaina Richert Alaina, class of 2019, is a Social Studies concentrator in Cabot house (quad=singles for all=the best)! Hailing from Indiana, she thinks her past life as a shepherdess and cowgirl on her family farm helped prepare her for herding all the stands and chairs into place for every pops rehearsal. When not playing her violin, Alaina spends her time ballroom dancing, playing bagpipes, ballroom dancing, obsessively watching/reading LOTR, ballroom dancing, and ballroom dancing. Seriously.
Dylan Ryals Dylan is a first-year at Harvard studying OEB. He’s one of the busy stage managers and one of the busy percussionists in the orchestra. He is also assistant director for Harvard’s THUD. Other than music, he is incredibly passionate about beekeeping. If you get anything out of this bio, it should be that bees (and percussionists) are misunderstood and really just want to be your friends.
Enya Huang Enya is a sophomore in Adams House studying Sociology. A defiantly proud violist, she tunes out the oh-so-creative viola jokes by suggesting (read: yelling) musical repertoire that has viola solis. She hails from sunny Hollywood, California, and dearly misses the year-round good weather of home. When not at Pops, Enya enjoys watching animated TV shows, eating ramen, and having dance parties in her pajamas. If it’s cold or snowing, you’ll most likely find her outside basking in the one patch of sunlight.
Isabella Colocci Isa is a sophomore in Dunster House studying Integrative Biology. Since she is unable to think of anything but Pops, she is planning a secondary in Music. Isa was born and raised in London, and has yet to stop using English music terminology. "Crotchets" and "hemidemisemiquavers" will now be enforced on the orchestra as part of the British Takeover. When she is not playing the bassoon, Isa plays the recorder, ultimate frisbee and leads with FOP and the Outing Club.
Jiha Min Jiha is a member of the Class of 2018 concentrating in Classics, with a secondary in Mathematical Sciences. She lives in Kirkland House, where you can find her finishing psets in the dhall, indulging in festivities at Stein Club, or napping in her room with a half-finished Starbucks cup by her side. The only thing she loves as much as Pops is Starbucks, and all she wants is to make a barista fall in love with her so that she can get free coffee. Jiha also goes by the alias "Joha," coined by her lovely former co-prez Nirma.
Asher Spector Asher is a freshman flutist originally from Westchester, New York (where the X-Men are based) who currently lives in Matthews and will live in Leverett next year. In addition to playing for pops, Asher also plays chamber music with his siblings, and he does a variety of matthy things (he's probably concentrating in Statistics) and public-policy-related things (he's a member of the debate team and the political consulting group) at Harvard. His other hobbies include reading high fantasy books, watching superhero animated films, and playing competitive ping pong.
Laura Jenny Laura is a member of the Class of 2021 and is a future Cabotian. She’s concentrating Integrative Biology. Laura enjoys playing violin with Pops, watching movies, listening to music, eating delicious food, and drawing.