The Girls Ellington Project Ensemble submits 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. This advanced ensemble begins rehearsals in early fall and continue to rehearse and perform in Seattle venues through the spring.

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Kelly Clingan, Seattle JazzED Education Director

All rehearsals run 7:00 - 9:00 PM*

Tuesday rehearsals (all BEFORE December school break) 
Sept 26, 
Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, 
Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28
Dec 5, Dec 12

Thursday rehearsals (all AFTER December school break) 
Jan 4, Jan 11, Jan 18

*Be prepared for 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.


Clinic with Ron and Bryan Carter
7:00-9:00 PM, Wednesday, November 1
MLK FAME Center, 3201 E Republican St

Recording Sessions
3:00-5:00 PM, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26
Holy Names Academy, 728 21st Ave E

7:30-8:15 PM, Friday, November 17
The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S

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.

$525 - Payment plans and scholarships available.

We're committed to this program being affordable for families. If the tuition is too expensive for you at this time, for whatever reason, please fill out the scholarship form BEFORE you register. We will get back to you quickly, typically within 2 business days. If you have any questions about scholarships or payment plans, contact us. We are committed to making it work for everyone, in fact, 40% of JazzED families receive a scholarship of some amount!

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.