We count among our graduates Fulbright scholars, Harvard Medical School professors, internationally recognized as well as up-and-coming conductors and composers, actors, bankers and a legendary typographer, to name a few. Learn how Saint Thomas, and the myriad opportunities to grow, connect and shine, was the beginning of their journey.
John Darrell Sherwood '81, PhD
Historian at Naval History & Heritage Command
Fulbright-Schuman Scholar, 2019-2020
“Saint Thomas gave me a strong dose of the type of self-discipline required to advance academically. Choir gave me focus. In choral singing, a lack of focus can lead to an embarrassing mistake that can bring down the entire performance of the group. When performing under the baton of Dr. Gerre Hancock, I learned very quickly to focus exclusively on the task at hand. Gerre compelled us to bring our “A” game to every performance, as did leading choristers of the era such as Julian Wachner and Dana Marsh (both of whom are now world-class conductors).
Without question, St. Thomas was the foundation to any success I have achieved in life. I think about my experiences there often and feel blessed to have attended such an esteemed institution.”
Chris Wylde (Chris Noll) '90
Actor and comedian
Currently appearing as Glen on CBS’s Young Sheldon
“The immersion into the arts impacted my life profoundly. From the daily singing and performing to the yearly trips to the Metropolitan Opera House and various Broadway stages. In my four short years at Saint Thomas, I sang on 5th Avenue for Jackie O, in Westminster Abbey for the Queen Mother and at the Hit Factory with Carly Simon. The latter earned a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture. But more importantly, it landed me entry into the Screen Actors Guild. I graduated Class of ’90, and now I pretend to sell comic books in the year 1990 to Young Sheldon on CBS Thursday nights at 8 PM. I’m not sure I could have pulled off my life as an actor without my start as a choir boy.”