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 2019. We will also submit audition tapes to Swing Central Savannah Jazz Festival  and the Jazz Educators Network Conference

Check out the Press page for stories about the Girls Ellington Project Ensemble.

Kelly Clingan, Seattle JazzED Education Director

Rehearses weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Rehearsals begin Tues, Sept 25 and run through Tues, Dec 11.
There will be three separate recording sessions in January, dates and times coming soon. 

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

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.

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 sliding scale tuition amount that works for you! 

Sliding Scale Tuition Codes:

  • $600, do not enter any code on registration check-out page, payment plans available
  • $475, enter code FOURSEVENTYFIVE on check-out page, payment plans available
  • $250, enter code TWOFIFTY on check-out page, payment plans available
  • $125, enter code ONETWENTYFIVE on check-out page, payment plans available
  • 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, or if you need a full tuition waiver, please contact us and we'll happily create a custom code for you! 

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 2018-2019 school year, please email Kelly at to inquire!