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About Us

Founded in 1969, the South Jersey Pops is a 70-piece community orchestra based in Burlington County, New Jersey. Comprised of professional and volunteer instrumentalists, the Pops brings stylistic musical entertainment to South Jersey. Our performances are sure to delight audiences of all ages. 

Our Team

Robert Bradshaw, Music Director and Conductor

Robert Bradshaw is in his third season as the Music Director of the South Jersey Pops. He is also the founder and director of the Haddonfield School of Music and has been directing musical ensembles for 15 years. In addition to his performances with the South Jersey Pops Orchestra, Robert has performed as a violinist with numerous orchestras and ensembles at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Lincoln Center in New York, EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Universal Studios in Orlando, Mohegan Sun Resort, The Wells Fargo Center and The Spectrum. As a conductor and music director, he has led orchestras such as Haddonfield School of Music’s Galaxy Orchestra and over a dozen chamber orchestras. He is the founder and conductor of the Legends Orchestra & Chorus and served as guest conductor for Laughing Bird, a Philadelphia-based professional vocal ensemble. In July of 2015, he led several chamber ensembles at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Emma Gibbins, Assistant Conductor and Oktoberfest Band Director

Emma Gibbins plays oboe, bassoon, English horn and serves as Assistant Conductor with the South Jersey Pops orchestra. She is also director of our Oktoberfest Band. She earned her degree from Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 2013. She has conducted the band and orchestra at Ipswich High School, the Billerica High School Wind Ensemble, the pit orchestra of South Jersey Stageworks, the Hammonton High School Marching Band and the Northern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra. She also served as assistant conductor to the Gordon College Wind Ensemble and serves as vocal conductor with the Legends Orchestra & Chorus.  As an oboist, she has also performed under Bruce Hangen of the Boston Conservatory and alongside Mia Chung of The Curtis Institute of Music. She currently teaches general music at Waterford Elementary School.

Rachel Smith, Assistant Conductor and Flute Ensemble Director

Rachel Smith is a flutist with the South Jersey Pops as well as an Assistant Conductor and director of our Flute Ensemble. She received a BM in Music Education with a concentration in flute performance from The College of New Jersey.  At TCNJ, she was a featured soloist of the wind ensemble and won the annual orchestra solo competition. She was principal flute in the orchestra and played piccolo in the wind ensemble. In addition, she has held leadership positions in many chamber music ensembles including flute choir, woodwind quintet, and recorder consort and is a frequent performer with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony.  She teaches elementary music and conducts the elementary band and chorus in the Medford Township School District. Rachel is an active professional musician and private instructor. 

Christian Stebbins, President and GM

Christian is a member of the South Jersey Pops' horn section, and has served as President since 2010. He studied electrical engineering at Bucknell University, but maintained a passion for music, performing with Bucknell's symphony orchestra, symphonic band, and small wind ensemble. He is an engineering manager with Comcast, and in addition to his responsibilities with the Pops, also serves on the board of Park Place Condominium Association in Cherry Hill, NJ. 

Jaress Loo, Concertmaster

Jaress Loo is a recent transplant to New Jersey from California. Along with being an experienced concertmaster in his previous city, he's also an accomplished pianist, guitarist, vocalist, composer, and arranger. He was one of the few students at his university who received a music scholarship for vocal jazz bass even though he was a business major. As a violinist, he was the concertmaster for a California-based Pops orchestra, considered a leader in the first violin section with its partner Symphony Orchestra, and played for multiple theatrical shows including some studio recording. As a pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, his experience is mainly in jazz and religious music (although not necessarily at the same time!), performing countless jazz gigs with his wife, recording a family heirloom jazz album, as well as serving as a worship leader in the last four churches he and his family have attended. It's been a long time since he's composed or arranged music, but his arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner" earned local acclaim in high school and a few years later, Jaress was recognized as a talented young composer with his violin concerto that he completed as an early college student. Currently, he resides in Cherry Hill with his wife and two sons, all who are also musicians. On the weekends, you can find him gigging around the South Jersey and Philadelphia area as the keyboardist and violinist for Goody Blue Shoes wedding band. During the day, he works at Comcast as a Sr. Manager for Technical Audit.

Lucia Lostumbo, Associate Concertmaster

Lucia Lostumbo received her Bachelor of Music from Temple University in 2018, and is currently freelancing and teaching in the Philadelphia area. While at Temple, she studied under Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Originally from Washington, DC, Lucia began studying violin at age seven, and has been playing ever since in both solo and orchestral settings. She currently teaches violin at the Haddonfield School of Music.

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