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Matt Wilson ajudicates Girls ellington project in reno

Matt Wilson ajudicates Girls ellington project in reno

The Girls Ellington Project Ensemble submits an audition recording to the Essentially Ellington Festival with the goal of being a finalist and participating in the festival in New York City in May 2020.

2019 Festival News:

The Girls Ellington Project is the best thing I have heard at this conference. You welcomed us in! You trust each other. You truly share the song with each other.
— Matt Wilson, Jazz Educators Network Conference, Reno 2019

I would recommend the Girls Ellington Project to any young woman as an opportunity to become both impassioned and empowered in what it truly means to be a female jazz musician. This ensemble gave me female jazz role models that I can look up to. I will forever be grateful for all of the lessons and support that this ensemble has given me.
— Rachel, Girls Ellington Project musician

Kelly Clingan, Seattle JazzED Education Director

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM — Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov 7, 14, 21 ; Dec 5, 12, 19; Jan 9, 16.

There will be four separate recording sessions in January. Be prepared for potential additional rehearsals, on an as-needed basis, to prepare for gigs after January.

Please mark your calendars! You will likely need to leave school early—Kelly can write you a note if needed. All studio sessions at Holy Names Academy, 728 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (map).

  • Wednesday October 30, 1:00-4:00 PM (for Swing Central)

  • Monday January 27, 3:30-5:30 PM (for Essentially Ellington)

  • Tuesday January 28, 3:30-5:30 PM (EE)

  • Wednesday January 29, 3:30-5:30 PM (EE)

PERFORMANCES - This list will be continuously update as new gigs are scheduled.

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020: JazzED Jamboree
    Call & Performance Times: TBD
    Location: TBD

  • Monday, June 29, 2020: Opening for SWOJO
    Call Time 7:00 PM | Performance 7:30 PM
    Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (map)

Ensemble rehearses at the MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican St in the Madison Valley neighborhood, unless otherwise noted. Click here for a map.

Pre-performance power posing

Pre-performance power posing

This ensemble is open to female (and female-identified) high school jazz instrumentalists in grades 9 through 12. Placement is by audition.

*If you play in a high school ensemble that will also be applying to the Essentially Ellington Festival, priority will be given to your high school band ensemble should both ensembles be invited as finalists.


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 class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • $650, do not enter any code

  • $525, enter code FIVETWENTYFIVE

  • $350, enter code THREEFIFTY

  • $175, enter code ONESEVENTYFIVE

  • Full tuition waiver, enter code WAIVER

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer  

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. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

You can also read our cancellation policy (recommended).

Registration is open to students who have been cleared by director Kelly Clingan for participation. If you would like to join this ensemble for the 2019-2020 school year, please email Kelly at to inquire! 

The Girls Ellington Project has empowered me as a woman through all steps of life. I feel more confident to take solos in jazz band. I have also learned that when I feel left out because of my gender, I can always find another woman who’s been through the same problems. I felt alone in my struggles with jazz until the Girls Ellington Project.
— Marianna, Girls Ellington Project musician

Want to learn more about our committment to women in jazz? Check out our ‘sister’ site