10 episodes

The stories of secret and hidden-in-plain-sight collaborations that emerged from shared struggle between female creators.

Virtuosa Society Katie Harman

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The stories of secret and hidden-in-plain-sight collaborations that emerged from shared struggle between female creators.

    Between the Bio - Natalie Douglas

    Between the Bio - Natalie Douglas

    In this episode of Virtuosa Society Podcast’s companion “Between the Bio” series, Katie Harman sits down with Broadway and cabaret performer Natalie Douglas for a candid conversation about representation, artistic expression, the incredible story of her secret adoption, connecting with her birth father, vibrational energy, collaboration, and so so so much more!

    Episode 7 of the Virtuosa Society Podcast featured the story of four women instrumental to Tin Pan Alley and the American popular music landscape, and their struggles to be recognized beyond male pseudonyms and partnerships. Natalie and Katie specifically talk about composer Irene Higginbotham and how it must have felt to be a young gifted Black woman writing under a pen name on Tin Pan Alley, as well as the lasting impact of Irene’s musical legacy.

    “Between the Bio” interviews are meant to dig a little deeper between the highlight’s in a creative’s bio, into the spaces and pockets of their experience where the nuances, challenges, truths and growth happen. Because we don’t talk about them nearly enough. And because conversations like this are vital for understanding the uniqueness and sameness of life as a female creative.  

    Follow Natalie Douglas at https://www.nataliedouglas.com/ and download her latest single “Trust in Me” with Club44 Records: https://www.club44records.com/home/blog/7272846/natalie-douglas-partners-with-club44-records

    Learn more about Virtuosa Society at www.virtuosasociety.com

    Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner

    Audio Engineer: Will Cowser @williamcowser

    Title Song: “Against The Odds” by Carmen Justice

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 7: The Ghosts of Tin Pan Alley

    Episode 7: The Ghosts of Tin Pan Alley

    Episode 7 is a ghost tale!

    The mystery of a name that was only known to paper… and a woman who wrote hundreds of Tin Pan Alley tunes in the shadow of a pseudonym. Host Katie Harman unfolds the story of composer Irene Higginbotham, and how she - along with three other legendary women of Tin Pan Alley - helped shape American popular music in the 1930s-1950s. The episode also features a portion of Katie’s interview with Broadway and cabaret star Natalie Douglas, as she shares her thoughts on the influence of Irene Higginbotham. Catch their full conversation in Virtuosa Society Podcast’s companion series “Between the Bio” which dives deeper into Natalie’s fascinating life and career, including the challenges, triumphs and lessons learned between the highlights in her bio.

    Research referenced throughout the episode:

    The Jazz Standards, by Ted Gioia

    Lady Sings the Blues, by Billie Holiday with William Dufty

    “Good Morning Heartache,” by David "Chet" Williamson Sneade https://worcestersongs.blogspot.com/2012/12/good-morning-heartache.html

    “Recording Studios: A History Of The Most Legendary Studios In Music,” by Martin Chilton https://www.udiscovermusic.com/in-depth-features/history-of-recording-studios/

    “The History of Tin Pan Alley” by Nate Wooley https://soundamerican.org/issues/big-band/history-tin-pan-alley

    “The Harlem Renaissance: What Was It, and Why Does It Matter?" by Cary D. Wintz https://www.humanitiestexas.org/news/articles/harlem-renaissance-what-was-it-and-why-does-it-matter

    “Glenn Gibson Biography” by Eugene Chadbourne https://www.allmusic.com/artist/glenn-gibson-mn0001331660#biography

    Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner

    Audio Engineer: Will Cowser @williamcowser

    Title Song: “Reflection of the Sun” by Anna Landström

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    • 38 min
    Between the Bio - The Von Trapp Sisters

    Between the Bio - The Von Trapp Sisters

    In Virtuosa Society Podcast’s inaugural “Between the Bio” episode, Katie Harman sits down with Sofi, Melanie and Amanda Von Trapp for a candid conversation about sisterhood, singing, individuality and collaboration. Episode 6 of the Virtuosa Society Podcast featured the hidden story of sisters Jane and Cassandra Austen. The Von Trapp Sisters, just like Jane and Cassandra, share a famous heritage and an even tighter bond. “Between the Bio” interviews are meant to dig a little deeper between the highlight’s in a creative’s bio, into the spaces and pockets of their experience where the nuances, challenges, truths and growth happen. Because we don’t talk about them nearly enough. And because conversations like this are vital for understanding the uniqueness and sameness of life as a female creative. Learn more about Virtuosa Society at www.virtuosasociety.com Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner Audio Engineer: Wil Cowser @williamcowser Title Song: “Against The Odds” by Carmen Justice

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 6: Yours Ever, Jane

    Episode 6: Yours Ever, Jane

    Episode 6 is the intentionally hidden story of the two most important collaborators in the life of celebrated writer Jane Austen: her older sister Cassandra and Anne Sharp, a governess and Jane’s only fellow writer friend.

    Host Katie Harman unfolds the story of the influence of both women in Jane’s life and writing, as well as the shocking background of why their names have been buried in historical accounts of Jane’s life.

    The episode also features several snippets of Jane’s private letters (read by AI voice!) and a terrific interview with researcher and author Dr. Anna Beer.

    Research referenced throughout the episode:

    Eve Bites Back: An Alternative History of English Literature

    By Anna Beer

     

    A Secret Sisterhood 

    By Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney

     

    “Reveries under the Sign of Austen: Jane Austen & Anne Sharp” (Article)

    By Ellen Moody

    https://reveriesunderthesignofausten.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/jane-austen-anne-sharp-she-is-an-excellent-kind-friend/

     

    Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner

    Audio Engineer: Will Cowser @williamcowser

    Title Song: “Reflection of the Sun” by Anna Landström

    www.virtuosasociety.com

    • 50 min
    Episode 5 - Visions of a Woman's Eye

    Episode 5 - Visions of a Woman's Eye

    Episode 5 is a special mid-season “live broadcast” recorded in partnership with In A Landscape. Recorded for a live audience in the lush center of Moore Park, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, this episode unveils the story of pioneering, prolific photographer Maud Baldwin. Host Katie Harman recounts how Maud embodied the Oregon State Motto: “She Flies with Her Own Wings” and how she continues to inspire others long after her remarkable life was cut short by a truly tragic ending.

    To close the episode, Katie joins IAL founder and pianist Hunter Noack in a performance of “The Heart of a Women” written by virtuosas Florence Price and Georgia Douglas Johnson. Florence and her work with Marian Anderson was featured in Episode 3.

    Maud Baldwin’s photographs have been digitized by the Klamath County Museum. Pop over to their website to send an inquiry to view them, and also follow @virtuosasociety’s Instagram to see a tour of Maud’s studio and more!

    Research referenced throughout the episode:

    Maud Baldwin - Photographer By Harry Drew

    Maud & Mary: A Century of Change By Valeree Lane

    “The Woman Behind the Lens” By Kimberly Bowker, from 1859 Oregon’s Magazine 

    “The Heart of a Woman” for voice and piano By Florence Price, with poem by Georgia Georgia Douglas Johnson

    Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner

    Audio Engineer: Will Cowser @williamcowser

    Title Song: “Reflection of the Sun” by Anna Landström www.virtuosasociety.com

    • 41 min
    Episode 4: Sally Sallies Forth

    Episode 4: Sally Sallies Forth

    Episode 4 uncovers the hidden story of the first all-female film and its British amateur filmmaking club roots. Sally Sallies Forth is a 26-minute comedy romp about a young woman who becomes a maid for a day at a garden tea party. Written, directed and produced by 26-year-old Frances Lascot alongside 9 other fellow female film enthusiasts, the film was shot over two blustery weekends in October 1928 for the December meeting of the London Amateur Cinematographers Association.

    Host Katie Harman recounts how the lost film and subsequent records of the 10 women who made the film were discovered and made public for the first time in over 90 years by the University of East Anglia and the East Anglian Film Archive.

    In connection, Katie has a fascinating conversation with Elizabeth Gracen, Founder of the nonprofit, Flapper House Inc. Elizabeth is a filmmaker, writer and actress with a mission to create educational, informational, inspirational content and support creatives across all mediums. She is the owner of Flapper Films, Flapper Press, and the creator of the ongoing documentary film archival project and support platform, The Gen Z Collective. Take a look at Flapper Press’ feature on Virtuosa Society!

    Films and research referenced throughout the episode:

    Sally Sallies Forth, at the East Anglian Film Archive

    The Polite Burglar, at the East Anglian Film Archive

    “Invisible Innovators: Making Women Filmmakers Visible Across the UK Film Archives” report by Dr. Keith Johnston, Dr. Sarah Hill, and Dr Stephanie Clayton

    TNA Project: Cataloguing of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers Women Film Makers' Films

    “The hidden history of women’s filmmaking in Britain”

    Laura Rossi’s Silent Women Film Project

    British Women Amateur Filmmakers: National Memories and Global Identities by Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Heather Norris Nicholson

    Subscribe to www.virtuosasociety.com and follow @virtuosasociety on Instagram and Facebook for access to bonus materials from this episode.

    Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner

    Audio Engineer: Will Cowser @williamcowser

    Title Song: “Reflection of the Sun” by Anna Landström

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Jackie0280 ,

Katie is such a light

Katie’s passion for life, women’s place in it- from mothers, sisters, friends; to history to music to designers and artists, her passion for thanking, recognizing women and their sometimes (grossly )under-appreciated roles in history is colorfully recounted in her fun engaging energy in this beautiful project. Love you friend

MA Rasmussen ,

Finally!

So excited to finally have a place where woman can connect in meaningful ways to collaborate- not compete- to strengthen and uplift each other. Katie is the voice we need to connect us and help us unlock each other’s stories and passions.

rainbowrosali ,

Inspiring!

Katie Harman shares the true accounts of historical female creators, coupled with current commentary on collaboration and being women creatives. Beautiful storytelling and inspiring content. Bravo!

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