The Girls Ellington Project Ensemble will submit an audition recording to the Essentially Ellington Competition with the goal of being a finalist and participating in the festival in New York City in May 2018. We will also submit audition tapes to the Monterey Jazz Festival in California and Swing Central in Savannah, GA. We will begin weekly rehearsals in early fall and continue to rehearse and perform in Seattle venues through the spring.

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Music Director
Kelly Clingan, Seattle JazzED Education Director

Rehearsal Schedule and Location*
All rehearsals at Seattle JazzED, 3201 E Republican St.
All rehearsals run 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Tuesdays (all before December school break) 
Sept 19, Sept 26, 
Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, 
Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28
Dec 5, Dec 12

Thursdays (all AFTER December school break) 
Jan 4, Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25

*Be prepared for additional rehearsals, on an as-needed basis, to prepare for gigs after January.

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.

2017-2018 Tuition
$525 - Payment plans and financial aid available.

Financial Aid
If the tuition is too expensive for you, please apply for financial aid online. If you have any questions about financial aid or payment plans, contact us. We are committed to making it work for every family.

Registration is open to students who have been cleared by director Kelly Clingan for participation. Click here to register for the current season. If you would like to join this ensemble, please email Kelly at to set up a time to audition.