Sherryl Smith Pond began the first years of her professional music career in The Woodlands area more than 30 years ago. Upon returning from Fulbright study in organ in Germany, she taught organ, music theory and accompanied the choirs under the direction of Bev Henson at Sam Houston State University. She then accepted a position at Dartmouth College as Artist-in-Residence, Lecturer in Music and College Organist, where she remained in various positions for 19 years. She held simultaneous church positions, where she directed children's choirs.
Sherryl holds a Bachelor of Music in church music, a Bachelor of Music Education in secondary vocal and a Master of Music in organ performance from Texas Christian University, where she studied organ with Emmet Smith and conducting with Ronald Shirey. During her master's study, she taught elementary music at St. Vincent's School in the Ft. Worth area. She then was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study organ in Germany with Johannes Geffert. She has concertized extensively in Europe, Jerusalem and the United States and has produced several highly-acclaimed recordings.
For a period of 15 years, some of which were simultaneous with her years at Dartmouth, she went to law school and practiced law in Rhode Island. She has three grown children, one grandchild and a husband, Dennis.
A pivotal moment occurred in 2008 when Sherryl traveled back to Ft. Worth for her daughter to visit TCU. She visited a church where she had been organist and children's choir director while she was at TCU (now St. Vincent's Cathedral), and after almost 30 years, a couple of women rushed over to her and asked if she was Sherry Smith. They said they had remembered their experiences in the children's choir under her direction so fondly and wished for the same experiences for their own children. That's what it's all about, influencing children for a lifetime of faith, service and character.
Upon returning to Texas in 2012, Sherryl decided to pursue her true passion with renewed fervor. She accepted the position as Organist-Choirmaster at HopePointe Anglican Church in The Woodlands, and the church is supporting the development of the Woodlands Boys Choir.
Sherryl Smith Pond
Zachary Musick, Accompanist
Zachary Musick is the Assistant Music Director at St. Timothy's Anglican Church and has happily been accompanying for the Woodlands Boys Choir since 2015. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston's Moore's School of Music with membership in the Honors College, a bachelor of music in organ performance, and a cumulative GPA of 4.0. His creative mind is always at work: be it on his writings, his art, or his music.
This will be an exciting and challenging journey! Come join us!