Congratulations to Sarah Lorek who was selected St. Mary’s County Public School System Teacher of the Year for the 2018 school year! What an honor for her! In order to fulfill the obligations of this honor, Sarah has requested a sabbatical from her duties as Director of St. Maries Singers for the 2018 Fall semester. Jennifer Drake was selected as the interim Artistic Director of Singers. Jennifer has been the accompanist for Singers for several years so her selection as Interim Director seemed a logical thing.

Jennifer Drake

Jennifer is the general music, band, and choral teacher at Oakville Elementary School. She has participated in various choirs and vocal ensembles, both collegiate and professional. Jennifer was employed as a keyboardist and vocalist in a praise band in Salisbury, NC while attending Catawba College. During her time at Catawba, she had the opportunity to tour Europe with the Catawba Singers, perform at the Roosevelt Theater in Chicago in Paradise Lost under the direction of Eric Whitacre, and perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Paul E. Oakley. In the spring of 2011 she received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music. Jennifer has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for 9 years. She joined St. Maries Musica in the Fall of 2015 and has enjoyed singing with Musica immensely. She is also the director of SMACappella . Jennifer looks forward to continuing to have fun and make beautiful music with this wonderful group. 

sarah (vence) lorek

Sarah (Vence) Lorek holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware in Music Education.  Mrs. Lorek continued her study at the Florida State University where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Choral Conducting.  Mrs. Lorek has had the privilege to study with Drs. Paul Head, Kevin Fenton, Judy Bowers, Clifford Madsen and Andre Thomas. Mrs. Lorek is an active board member of the Maryland Music Educators Association, past president of the Eastern Shore Choral Directors Association and member of MENC and ACDA which are vital resources to all music educators.  Mrs. Lorek has also had the privilege to conduct honor choirs and adjudicate festivals for several Maryland counties.

Mrs. Lorek spent four years teaching at Centreville Middle School in Queen Anne’s County on the Eastern Shore.  During that time, the choir membership tripled and her ensembles received Excellent and Superior ratings at both regional and state choral festivals.  Currently, she is teaching five choral ensembles at Chopticon High School in St. Mary’s County.  Here, her choirs have continued to receive Superior ratings at both regional and state festivals.  Recent performances for Chopticon High School include: The Kennedy Center, Riverside Church (NYC), Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championships, the University of Maryland High School Chamber Festival, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World and, most recently, Washington Wizards basketball game.  Mrs. Lorek is proud to be celebrating ten years at Chopticon.

Mrs. Lorek currently resides in St. Mary's County with her amazing husband, Edward and two daughters, Alice (2 years) and Sophie (3 months).