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The Glen Rock Pops Orchestra was the brainchild of violinist, former English teacher, and Curriculum Coordinator at the Glen Rock Community School, Sue Johnsen.  She knew audiences wanted to hear popular music and light classics.  In 1975 Sue persuaded the Community School to add an orchestra to its curriculum, and the Pops was born.  The school's support has been instrumental in our success for more than four decades.

The Pops has grown and flourished in partnership with the Glen Rock Community School.  The orchestra has become an important part of the borough's cultural life.  Our volunteer musicians have diverse backgrounds, come from area communities, and combine their talents to thrill audiences throughout Bergen County and northern New Jersey.  Our Spring and Holiday concerts are broadcast on Glen Rock TV.


To Our Advertisers

The Glen Rock Pops would like to recognize the advertisers that were included in the December 2019 printed program. Their support is so important and we are extremely grateful.  We hope that our community will patronize their establishments whenever possible during these very difficult times. Their names are listed below.




                                        Join Maestro Anthony LaGruth of the Glen Rock Pops for a special look inside one of the season’s most beloved traditions – The Nutcracker. The first viewing will be presented on Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00pm and this performance is suitable for families with children 7 years and older. On Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm, the event is specially designed for adults and families with more mature children. Both programs last for one hour.  

“Seating” for these events is limited and we encourage everyone to “book” the event of their choice as early as possible. For reservations go to the Library’s website at and select “Virtual Events on the homepage. Then click on “Full Calendar” to select the date you would like. For further information call 201.670.3970.

Through video and dance illustrations, you will discover the story, the language of ballet and an understanding about the Russian composer Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky whose music has made a lasting impression internationally. Maestro LaGruth has conducted The Nutcracker many times and with his wit, combined with his deep and extensive experience, and knowledge of music, he will certainly entertain you while watching from home. These programs are in partnership with the Arts Council of Glen Rock and the Glen Rock Public Library. With the technology now available, the two cultural organizations will bring this wonderful piece of traditional holiday music to the residents of Glen Rock.








We regret to inform our fans that both our Spring Concert on June 7 and the July 3 concert has been cancelled. This difficult decision to cancel all July 3-4 events was just announced by the Independence Day Association and the Borough of Glen Rock, deeming it to be in the best interests of the community, sponsors, and performers.  Rest assured we will be practicing our material and will be playing for you as soon as we can!





Glen Rock Pops Concert (Celebrating Glen Rock's Quasquicentennial) 6-2-19 from Glen Rock TV on Vimeo.

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