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the learned ladies

rediscovering forgotten women authors and composers

We remember Amy Beach, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Ethyl Smith, Harriet Ware, and Mildred Hill, Amelia B. Welty, Virginia French, Mary E. Bryan, Mary Stanly Bunce Palmer, and others.

a musical webseries

“The Learned Ladies” is a new musical internet series featuring stories, songs, poems and essays from obscure women composers and forgotten women authors of the past. 

Ann Reeves Jarvis

Award-winning actress Elise Dewsberry plays southern belle Ann Reeves Jarvis as she welcomes us into her pre-Civil-War music room, introducing us to women authors and composers, like an antebellum “Masterpiece Theatre.” Mrs. Jarvis first tells us a little about the featured woman author’s background and literary bent, and then regales us with a reading, followed by a song.

Ann Reeves Jarvis

Award-winning actress Elise Dewsberry plays southern belle Ann Reeves Jarvis as she welcomes us into her pre-Civil-War music room, introducing us to women authors and composers, like an antebellum “Masterpiece Theatre.” Mrs. Jarvis first tells us a little about the featured woman author’s background and literary bent, and then regales us with a reading, followed by a song.

Amy Beach

The first season of “The Learned Ladies” features the songs of beloved American composer, Amy Beach, including “Empress of the Night,” “Le Secret,” and the haunted story of poor jilted “Anita.”

Amy Beach

The first season of “The Learned Ladies” features the songs of beloved American composer, Amy Beach, including “Empress of the Night,” “Le Secret,” and the haunted story of poor jilted “Anita.”

“It’s wonderful being able to bring these stories and songs to life. The writing is amazing!  Literate, funny, touching…sometimes spooky.  We’re discovering many beautiful lost gems.”

Elise Dewsberry

produced by New Musicals Inc.

The series is produced by New Musicals Inc., as part of their ongoing exploration of short musical theatre content for the internet.  NMI offers workshops, classes, and production opportunities for writers of new musicals.

Virginia French and others

The authors include Amelia B. Welty, Virginia French, Mary E. Bryan, Mary Stanly Bunce Palmer, and others.  Their stories and poems traverse a wild range variety of topics, from shipwrecks, haunted houses, deaths of loved ones, to chilling vampire stories.

Subsequent seasons will continue to feature women writers and composers, such as the Women of New England, or the astounding cotton-mill women who founded their own literary magazine in the late 1800’s, and beloved-but-forgotten composers such as Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Ethyl Smith, Harriet Ware, and Mildred Hill (who wrote the tune for “Happy Birthday”, and left behind dozens of songs in manuscript).

Virginia French and others

The authors include Amelia B. Welty, Virginia French, Mary E. Bryan, Mary Stanly Bunce Palmer, and others.  Their stories and poems traverse a wild range variety of topics, from shipwrecks, haunted houses, deaths of loved ones, to chilling vampire stories.

Subsequent seasons will continue to feature women writers and composers, such as the Women of New England, or the astounding cotton-mill women who founded their own literary magazine in the late 1800’s, and beloved-but-forgotten composers such as Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Ethyl Smith, Harriet Ware, and Mildred Hill (who wrote the tune for “Happy Birthday”, and left behind dozens of songs in manuscript).

Elise Dewsberry as Ann Reeves Jarvis in the musical webseries “The Learned Ladies.”

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