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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.








  It is with a sense of profound sadness that we inform the community that Sue Johnsen, the founder of the Glen Rock Pops, passed away on the evening of January 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Her son Mark indicated that her passing was peaceful and without pain.

    43 years ago, Sue had what she described as a “good idea.”  The result of that idea was The Glen Rock Pops orchestra. Her “good idea” resulted in thousands of positive musical experiences for our audiences as well as orchestra members.

    Sue will continue to be a source of inspiration, but we will miss her dedication, and quiet leadership. Was there ever anyone sweeter than Sue Johnsen?

    We offer the Johnsen family our deepest condolences.   

    A celebration of her life was held at the Community Church of Glen Rock on February 9, 2019.  She was lovingly eulogized by family and friends, and her Glen Rock Pops were very honored to play a few of her favorite musical pieces.



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

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