Executive Board

Keatley Pihl

Hey there! I’m a senior majoring in English and creative writing, with a minor in Chinese. I’ve been playing clarinet in WUPops since my freshman year, and am super excited to be serving as president this year. WUPops is easily one of the best parts of my week, and I’m pumped for another year of making music with these hella awesome people!







Matthew Bennett
Vice PresidentMatthew Bennett

IHi! I am a senior studying Biology and Spanish. I have been the first chair second clarinet since my freshman year and am very excited for my last year in WUPops and first year on the exec board. When I’m not playing the clarinet, I enjoy watching Jane the Virgin and finding the best donut shops in St. Louis. I’m looking forward to a great year!







Ammar Al-Ghoul
TreasurerAmmar Al-Ghoul

Hello there. I’m a senior majoring in Linguistics and Arabic with a minor in Writing. In Spring of 2015, I discovered the joy of WUPops, and have played cello for three semesters, both for the orchestra and for Carnivorous Strings. I’m honored to be chosen for this position, and will take to heart the task of helping the orchestra run smoothly.







Evan Walker
SecretaryEvan Walker

Hey everyone, I’m a senior majoring in PNP and Chinese. I’ve been enjoying WUPops since my freshman year, and I’m really excited to be serving on the exec board this year as Secretary. I can’t wait to enjoy one more year with awesome people playing great music!








Becky Bavlsik
Social ChairBecky Bavlsik

Hey y’all! I’m a senior majoring in Global Health and the Environment with a minor in biology. I’m busy applying to medical school this year, but in my free time I like to play bass clarinet, eat ice cream, and sleep. Being a part of WU Pops has been one of the best parts of my college experience, and I’m so excited to help improve this organization. Come be social with me.







Lorryn WilhelmLorryn Wilhelm

Hello, I am a senior majoring in Architecture and minoring in Physics. I’m originally from Anchorage, Alaska, and I have been playing flute for 10 years, piano for 14. WUPops is one of the highlights of my week, and I’m glad to be able to help out as Librarian this year.








Caleb TrouthCaleb Trouth

Hi, my name is Caleb Trouth and I am a junior in the college of Arts and Sciences. I’m majoring in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration. I’ve been a member of WUPops since the first semester of my freshman year and will be serving as a librarian this year. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing the wonderful experience I’ve had with WUPops with you!







Victoria SandringVictoria Sandring

Hi. I am a sophomore and am currently undeclared, however I intend to declare a Biology major and an Ancient History minor. I have been playing clarinet with WUPops since I came to Wash U last fall. I really enjoy all the different songs that we play and the way those songs diverge from the normal selections of other music groups. I also really like all the people I have met through this group. I cannot wait to see how this year will go and to help the ensemble grow.






Katie DodererKatie Doderer

Freshman Representative

Hey y’all, I’m a freshman majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a music minor. I have played harp for 11 years now and am so excited about joining WUPops this semester! I’m looking forward to a great year of music!







Lucca PalettaLucca Paletta

Freshman Representative

Hi, I’m a Freshman from Grand Rapids Michigan majoring in Mechanical Engineering, hopefully minoring in Computer Science. I discovered this group at the activities fair in the fall, and knew I wanted to be a part of it from the beginning. I play the Viola for the group, and I also play piano and a little Ukulele. Outside of Music I love to play hockey and volleyball. WUPops has definitely been one of the most fun things I’ve done at Wash U, and I look forward to being a part of this group for the next four years.








Catherine Beamish
ConductorCatherine Beamish

So most of you know me as Cat, and I am so honored to have this post this year! I’m a junior studying Applied Mathematics and Chemistry. I’m playing on oboe for WUPops and will be playing soprano sax for the Slanderous Saxes. And I’m premed. Thanks for the fun times!








Niraj Vyas
ConductorNiraj Vyas

I’m a senior majoring in biochemistry with a minor in Classics and mathematics. I’ve been in WUPops since the first semester of my freshman year and I am humbled to serve as conductor and chair of the Carnivorous Strings chamber group this year in addition to playing the double bass. I hope to inspire students to continue pursuing their musical experiences while creating a fun social environment at WashU. In my free time, I like to compare double-reed instruments to mystical things like ducks and boat horns.







Jeremy SorelJeremy Sorel
Assistant Conductor

Hello everyone! I am a senior double majoring in Physics and Japanese, and I’m excited to be participating in Wupops this year not only as a t̶u̶b̶a̶i̶s̶t̶, ̶t̶u̶b̶i̶s̶t̶ tuba player but also as an assistant conductor. I have only been a part of Wupops for a year, but I’ve enjoyed the time immensely and hope to spread a bit of that enjoyment by waving my hands like a madman in front of everyone. In my spare time I like reading, taking long walks, playing piano, and using my academic interest in Japanese language as an excuse to watch anime. I look forward to working with you all!

P.S. Come talk to me about anime or Final Fantasy, and we’ll legitimately be best friends.





Michael Ji LiMichael Ji Li
Assistant Conductor

Hello! This is Michael JI LI. I am from Beijing, China. Currently I am a JD student in Law School. From 6 years old, I began to learn music and played clarinet from 9 years old until now. I am a big fan of classical music and really pleased that I can share my experiences and ideas of music with all of you in WUPops Orchestra! Hope we can have a great concert!