About The Director

Pateley Bongiorni is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. She has taught middle school chorus and general music for the past five years at Esperanza Middle School. There, the Choral ensembles have received Superior ratings each year during District Assessment. Mrs. Bongiorni was also the staff sponsor for the annual musical at EMS and had the opportunity to musically direct Elf! JR and Shrek JR.

As a music educator, Mrs. Bongiorni’s goal is always to enrich each student's classroom experience and train them to be musicians who thrive in a professional environment. Inspired by her high school chorus director, Mrs. Bongiorni strives to inspire a love of music that transcends secondary school and lasts a lifetime. She is looking forward to directing high school ensembles and is ready to “Be Brave!”.

Sarah Lorek 2007-2022

Sarah Lorek holds dergees from the University of Delaware and The Florida State University. Mrs. Lorek taught at Chopticon HS for 16 years. Highlights include: Performances at the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championhips, The White House, Walt Disney World and MGM National Harbor with the touring show, Rocktopia. In 2018, Mrs. Lorek was selected as the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Lorek is now the Supervisor of Strategic Initiatives for SMCPS and lives in Wildewood with her husband, Edward and children, Alice & Sophie.

Patty Kuzmick 1977-2007

Patty Kuzmick Pierce began her musical journey at an early age in her church choir, which became the catalyst for her lifelong passion for music. Her passion for music and teaching inspired her students at Chopticon High school to set a high standard of choral performance with superior concerts, musicals, and madrigal dinners. During her years at Chopticon she was active in local, district, and state choral events and served as president of the Maryland Choral Educators Association. She was instrumental in the inauguration of the Maryland All State Women’s Choir and also started an adult community choir known as St. Maries Musica. She served as choir director at St. Mary’s Trinity Church, and was extremely proud of her membership in the Robert Shaw Chorale and the Kennedy Center’s Washington Chorus. In her later years, her voice sang on through the playing of her beloved Celtic Harp, and continues to sing on through the many students she inspired deeply over her 30 years of teaching. Her impact and spirit of joy resounds in “all ye who music love” as her legacy lives on.