Meet The E-Board

OLIVIA VATAJ, PRESIDENT

Hi! I’m Olivia Vataj and I am the President for Explorchestra! I am a junior violist majoring in PPL, and this is my second year as an officer (previously the VP). While I haven’t written any pieces yet, I hope to try my hand at composing this year. My favorite part of Explo is the chance to perform original and exciting pieces with such a welcoming community! I can’t wait to see the club grow this year and to make some great memories with everyone in this wonderful group!

CAITLIN SMITH, VICE PRESIDENT

Hello!! I’m Caitlin Smith, the historian for Explorchestra. I’m a senior majoring in psychology and drawing, and this is my third year in Explo playing the violin. I’ve met so many wonderful people through this club and been able to play music I would’ve never had the chance to before!!

SAMUEL EHRLINGER, TREASURER

Good morning, afternoon, evening, I am Sam Ehrlinger and I am the treasurer of the world famous Explorchestra. I am a junior who double majors in history and philosophy and minors in education. I play a variety of instruments, some not well. I play trumpet and flugelhorn (just a semi-cooler trumpet) pretty well I reckon. Piano and drums I can technically “play” but not well, to say the least. I am drawn to and like to write jazz music, but currently I’m going in a different direction and am currently in my orchestral arrangements “era” (that’s what the cool kids call it anyways). My pieces also have some philosophical undertones (Not “Take Five” didn’t though), but I leave those to the audience to find…

EMMA ZABLONSKI, MUSIC LIBRARIAN

Hi! My name is Emma Zablonski, and I am the music librarian for Explorchestra. I am a junior majoring in biochemistry and minoring in music. I play bass guitar and piano, and I also compose! My favorite thing about Explorchestra is the community; we are like a giant family, and we have so much fun rehearsing, playing games, and going on social outings. In my free time, I enjoy singing in choir, reading, and playing pickleball.

MEGAN BARBER, TECH SPECIALIST

I am a biochemistry major and pre-med student going into my senior year. Besides playing violin in Explorchestra, I spend my free time volunteering as an EMT at the Vestal Volunteer Emergency Squad. My favorite food is sushi, and my favorite musician is Hozier!

BIANKA TAVERAS, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Hi! My name is Bianka Taveras and I am the PR Manager for Explorchestra. I am currently a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. I play the flute and have been since I was 9 and this is my third year in Explorchestra. I’m excited for what this semester has to bring for the orchestra and am looking forward to the great pieces and fun to come!lo!

ADAM ABBEY, HISTORIAN

Hi! I’m Adam Abbey, the Historian for Explorchesta. I’m a junior majoring in computer science. This is my third year in the club and I play the violin & auxiliary percussion. I was previously the AV Specialist. I love playing music with everyone and can’t wait to see what the club brings this year!

CHRISTOPHER COSTELLO, AV SPECIALIST

Hi! I’m Christopher Costello, the AV Specialist for Explorchesta. I’m a junior majoring in mathematical education. This is my second year in the club, and I play the trumpet, accordian, & many other various instruments. I love playing music with everyone and writing songs!