"Upon graduation from Mount Holyoke College in 1955, I expected to..."


I'm Thelma Goldberg, commonly known as Tee Englander at Mount Holyoke. And my four years at Mount Holyoke were probably the four most wonderful years of my existence up until then. My life became very, very full. I think that the things I had in mind to do were not complicated, they weren't calculated. I just really wanted to graduate college and experience the way, if possible. I was the first to graduate from college in my family and this meant a great deal to me, and ,of course to my family. When I left Mount Holyoke my intention was to get a job. I wasn't sure in which field I would do that. My interest were, major interests, I would say was music, but I didn't play an instrument other than the piano, and certainly only for my own consumption or my family's consumption. But, I did very much want to be around the Arts. I had a very, very nice relationship with my counselor at Mount Holyoke and when she asked me what I wanted to do, I felt that the most all inclusive thing that I could say would be the Arts. And so as I left the doors of Mount Holyoke with my certificate of graduation in my hand, I had hoped then that something would come up for me that would be along the lines that I would like to be in. I must have been born under the right star, because shortly after I got away from Mount Holyoke, I had a phone call from a small orchestra in New York. They were looking for an assistant business manager and they were interviewing young women from colleges in the vicinity. I was given a call and asked if I would like to do this interview and I was delighted to do that. I must say, I was sitting on a very lucky star. I didn't have to go to an office to be interviewed, my boss came to my house to interview me. And it was a delightful time. The information that I wanted from her was probably zero compared to what she wanted from me. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do in the Arts, I just knew that it was an area that interested me extremely. So, to cut the interview down to what it became, I got the job and the name of the institution that I was working for was the Little Orchestra Society of New York, which is a really lovely small orchestra started by the father of the conductor. I say that because the conductor of the orchestra was a concert pianist but was so afraid of being on stage solo, on his own in front of a piano, that he found that conducting and picking programs was his forte. And they needed an assistant business manager. It was in midtown Manhattan and it was a dream come true. And, I was extremely lucky in getting the job. I wondered why, and I think that probably in my mind, that of the five girls who were interviewed, I was probably the only one who didn't smoke, and this was, in those days in the 50's, a non-smoking office. Anyway, it was a wonderful experience and my boss left for what was then Thailand and I was left as the business manager for the orchestra. I went down in my years of marriage and family, babies, schooling and so forth with a continued interest in music and still remain in that capacity, on a volunteer basis, however. I am a Trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I have been involved in orchestras ever since I left Mount Holyoke and I feel that my dream did come true.