I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Arranging Ellington, a new online arranging workshop coordinated by Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange. Together, we'll be exploring the techniques of creative arranging by considering the life and work of the incomparable Duke Ellington.


You're invited to create your own new arrangement of one of two Ellington works: "Come Sunday" (originally from Black, Brown, and Beige and later adapted for the first Concert of Sacred Music) or "Almighty God" (from the Second Sacred Concert).


Throughout the process of crafting your arrangement, I encourage you to upload work-in-progress, ask questions, and share your thoughts with the rest of the Musical Exchange community.Once the final arrangements have been submitted (they are due December 15), we'll select two of them (one version of each piece) to perform at a concert at Carnegie's Zankel Hall on Sunday March 30, 2014.


For additional details, please visit the Arranging Ellington project page:



Here's an introductory video where I outline my goals for the project, and offer some suggestions about how to begin:



If you are not yet a member of Musical Exchange, and are within the eligible age range (13-25), I'd like to encourage you to sign up so you can participate in this great project:




Even if you're outside the age range, you can still follow the discussion — I'll be contributing several blog posts tied to Arranging Ellington, which will be viewable by all.


Cheers, looking forward, and see you around,


– Darcy


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Comment by Connor Peavy on October 25, 2013 at 11:11am

ok,I will 

Comment by Zack Sulsky on October 25, 2013 at 11:05am

Hey Connor. It great to hear you're listening to so much Ellington! Be sure to check out Darcy's latest blog post for some suggestions on how to listen deeply. 

Comment by Connor Peavy on October 24, 2013 at 9:15pm

Awesome video ,getting so excited for this, I listened to Duke Ellington music for about 6 hours and then  another 5 hours of that style of  jazz today. 

Comment by Aaron Siegel on October 22, 2013 at 11:50am

Great video, Darcy!  We are all pretty excited to see what the MX community comes up with for this project. 


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