Emma Hedrick and Kenneth Fary at Bankok Restaurant
Jazz standards with Emma and Kenneth
Emma Hedrick is an award-winning, vocalist, composer, and arranger. The Indianapolis native is currently studying vocal jazz performance at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami under the direction of Dr. Kate Reid. In 2019, Emma was a finalist in the International Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition where she placed 3rd. Emma had the honor of performing in the Telluride All-Stars Ensemble at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado in 2018 and she attended the Aspen Summer JAS Academy directed by Christian McBride in 2020. In high school, Emma was a YoungArts winner and a winner in the high school jazz vocal category of DownBeat Magazine two years in a row. She received her 3rd Downbeat Student Music Award (Outstanding Performance) as a part of the Frost Jazz Vocal I ensemble in 2020. At just 21 years old, Emma has also headlined at various venues including Indy Jazzfest (NextCon) and The Jazz Kitchen. In 2021, Emma was a selected semi-finalist in the International Jazz Artist Contest at the Riga Jazz Stage. Emma aspires to take her audiences through the story of each song she sings and strives to use the voice in traditional and nontraditional ways.