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Thomas Kielty Scherman (February 12, 1917 – May 14, 1979) was an American conductor and the founder of the Little Orchestra Society.

The Little Orchestra Society is an American orchestra based at 630 9th Avenue, Suite 807 in New York City. It was founded in 1947 by Thomas Scherman, who served as its conductor until his death in 1979. From 1979 to 2011 the Orchestra was led by Dino Anagnost. Its membership has ranged between 45 and 60 musicians. The orchestra's name is borrowed from The Little Orchestra of London, which was formed by Felix Mendelssohn during the Bach Revival. In 2013, the Orchestra named James Judd its new Music Director.


He was a son of Bernardine (née Kielty) and Harry Scherman, founder and president of the Book of the Month Club. His father was Jewish and his mother was of Irish and Welsh descent. [1] His sister is Katharine Scherman Rosin (married to Axel Rosin). He attended Columbia University and then studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova and conducting with Carl Bamberger and Otto Klemperer. [2] He served in the U.S. Army (1939-1941), reaching the rank of captain. [3]

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  1. "It's Good to Remember". The New York Times . September 20, 1964. Bernardine Kielty. of half‐Irish, half-Welsh descent and very much the individualist plunged into social work for underprivileged Jewish children although in her small town environment she had hardly known a Jew. Gradually, she became a part of a young New York intellectual group and married one of its members an earnest writer named Harry Scherman. They had two children and lived happily ever after.