THANK YOU for the amazing weekend. My daughter had a blast and my husband and I loved the concert. We both choked up watching all of those great girls making music together! That’s what is right in the world!!
— Melissa, Parent

What’s Girls Jazz Day all about?

You’ll make friends, connect with awesome female role models, and come away inspired to keep improving and developing your musical voice and ideas. 

You'll get more confident when taking a solo. You'll learn the basics and then build on them in a supportive atmosphere. Improv takes courage, but the process doesn't have to be mysterious or scary - and we’ll help you! Our mantra is “Brave, not perfect”.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Kerry Hall/PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College of the Arts
710 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102 (map)

Students will be divided into four groups for ten 35-minute workshops. There is no public performance this year at the end of the event.

9:00 AM — Doors Open / Check-In

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM — Rotation Series 1 (35 minutes each)

  • Kate Olson: Topic TBA

  • Shaina Shepherd: Topic TBA

  • Kelsey Mines: Jazz Harmony

  • Kathy Moore: Ear Training

  • Haley Freedlund: Topic TBA

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM — LUNCH

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM — Rotation Series 2 (35 minutes each)

  • Samantha Boshnack: Coloring Outside the Lines, Exploring Improvisation

  • Marina Christopher: Bass Lines for Every Instrument

  • Tina Dietz: Sing It Loud, Sing It Proud

  • Amelia Albert: Sight Reading Strategies

  • Beth Fleenor: Cartoon Music w/ Looping and Delay Pedal

Instrument, sack lunch, and refillable water bottle. Girls who play drums and piano do not need to bring instruments. If you play bass and can bring your bass, please do. If you play bass and can't bring yours, email Kelly at to make arrangements to borrow a JazzED bass. 

We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting the venue and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • To pay $125, do not enter any code

  • To pay $95, enter code NINETYFIVE

  • To pay $65, enter code SIXTYFIVE

  • To pay $30, enter code THIRTY

  • For a full tuition waiver, enter code WAIVER

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. 

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Open female and female-identified instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 6-12.

Girls in grades 10-12 who would like to serve as Girls Jazz Day mentors and earn 6 community service hours, please email Kelly at the address below. Mentors help with check-in, assist younger students in group rotation and are general helpers during the day. 

Questions? Email Kelly at

2019 Girls Jazz Day Faculty

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Amelia Albert

A Seattle native, Amelia Albert found her love for music in school, playing in the award winning Roosevelt Jazz program and the University of Washington jazz ensembles. Today she performs with a number of local groups, including Filthy Femcorps, Sebastian and the Deep Blue, Vicious Petals, Staxx Brothers and more. Amelia is passionate about helping younger generations also find the joy that music can bring to their lives. She coaches students in the Seattle Public Schools elementary instrumental program with the Michael J. Owens Music Education Fund. She is also the music manager and woodwind teacher for the Academy of Music and Dance Ballard and Shoreline. In her spare time she is a baker of desserts, wearer of glitter, and devoted wife and dog mother.

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Samantha Boshnack

Whether blasting through the alternative sonic explorations of her 14-piece alternative chamber orchestra, B’shnorkestra, leading Seismic Belt or her own quintet, Samantha Boshnack’s sound pulses with vitality. After getting a degree in jazz from Bard College in 2003, Boshnack moved to Seattle. She toured extensively with the modern jazz group Reptet for seven years, releasing four albums comprised mostly of her compositions. Since 2011, she has led three ensembles, released five critically-acclaimed albums, and continued to tour and present concerts, workshops, and festival performances. She is a member of the Alchemy Sound Project who have released two records. Boshnack has received support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, New York Foundation of the Arts, Earshot Jazz, among others. In 2019 she is a composer fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. She was the 2018 Make Jazz Fellow, an annual award is sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to support promising, emerging composers. compositions.


Marina Christopher

Marina Christopher is a jazz bassist and vocalist quickly gaining notoriety. Marina graduated from Central Washington University, where she studied both jazz and classical music. She has over 10 years of performing experience in jazz combos as well as big bands, salsa bands, rock bands, hip-hop groups, classical chamber groups and even a stint in a cruise ship show band. Marina has taught for several years as a private instructor and as a clinician/coach for jazz and classical music camps in the Seattle area. Marina is also an avid composer and arranger and has released two albums of her own compositions.

Kelly Clingan, Director

Kelly is the former Director of Concert Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School, where she taught since 2008. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, she is rooted in Seattle's celebrated tradition of music education. Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis.


Tina Deitz

Christina Dietz learned to sing at church in Chimacum, Washington. She added ukulele to her repertoire in 2013, studying with roots music master Lightnin' Wells at the Pt. Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. When she is not performing as Teeny Deets, she works at Bainbridge Gardens while pursuing a degree in horticulture.


Beth Fleenor

Beth Fleenor aka: Crystal Beth uses wailing vocals, amplified clarinet, beat-boxing and electronics to weave sonic universes all her own. She performs solo using loop pedals and delays, and leads a five-piece rock outfit (the Boom Boom Band) to craft and explore her idiosyncratic and distinctive original music. Described my Earshot Jazz as “one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in the city…”, Crystal Beth redefines the possibilities of the voice and clarinet in tight experimental pop songs and undulating, cathartic noise cries.

Crystal Beth has 20 years of professional international performances under her full name, Beth Fleenor, where she has been featured on recordings with polymaths including Wayne Horvitz, Jherek Bischoff, and Julie Slick, and includes performances with David Byrne, Joshual Kohl/Degenerate Art Ensemble, Tamar Kali, and many more– often doing upward of 170 shows a year in different genres.

Fleenor holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical Clarinet Performance from Cornish College of the Arts. She was born in Bristol TN/VA, and has been based in Seattle since 1998.


Haley Freedlund

Haley Freedlund is a trombonist and vocalist, working primarily in free improvisation, new works, and creative/jazz-rooted music. She has been based in Seattle since 2011, where she earned a BM in Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and has since established herself as a multi-disciplinary powerhouse in the performing arts community. 

Haley is a frequent collaborator with Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Christian Pincock, Karl Blau, and Ruby Dunphy (Thunderpussy). She has enjoyed collaborations with Heatwarmer, Cherdonna Shinatra, iji, Phillip Greenlief, Sam Lachow, BATTERY, and St. Paul de Vence. 

As a producer and manager, Haley has working relationships with Darcy James Argue, Ahamefule J. Oluo, The Westerlies, ings, Racer Sessions, Seattle Improvised Music Festival, and Earshot Jazz among others. 


Kelsey Mines

A Seattle native, Kelsey Mines is a performer, composer, and teacher of the double bass. Kelsey earned her Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Washington with professor Barry Lieberman. She went on to complete a Masters in Double Bass Performance from Arizona State University under the direction of Catalin Rotaru. Kelsey has followed her passion for the double bass to the Netherlands, where she studied at Prince Claus Conservatoire before returning to Seattle where she now teaches and performs a variety of styles, from jazz to classical to pop. Wherever she may be, Kelsey aspires to create, collaborate, and perform music that enriches and enlivens the world around her.


Kathy Moore

Kathy Moore is a seasoned professional performing and teaching in and around Seattle for nearly twenty years.   She is a guitarist- multi instrumentalist, singer songwriter, composer song arranger and studio musician who has performed with Thaddeus Turner (Digable Planets), Crystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band, Mike McCready, Shawn Smith, Brad, Tiny Orchestral Movements, Wayne Horvitz’s Electric Circus, Satchel, Kim Virant,    Barrett Martin, Grace Love, Flight to Mars, Edinburough Fringe Festival, Ballard Jazz Fest Guitar Summit and Theater shows Passing strange, Operation Mindcrime, Soft Rock Kid, Houses of the Unholy, Alien Angel Guessing Game, She hosts an evening at the Substation every month called Synthesis New and Experimental Music which promotes the new and original works of various  Seattle Artists in music, video, and dance.


Kate Olson

Kate Olson can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble and as a collaborator with Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups. 

Kate has a BA in Music from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. Kate’s international resume includes performances in Russia, Latvia, Turkey, Switzerland and Slovakia. She has appeared on stage with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Patricia Barber and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-a-lot and Big Star's Third, among others. In 2011 and 2013, Kate was nominated for the Earshot Golden Ear Award in the Emerging Artist category, and in 2014 she was nominated for the Best NW Instrumentalist Category. 

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Shaina Shepherd

Inspired by the parallels between gospel and garbage metal, Shaina Shepherd is not your average vocalist. Living in the city where both Soundgarden and Quincy Jones cut their teeth, Shaina lends her soulful voice to projects of all genres.