Riga International Jazz Artist Contest
Participants of the Riga Jazz Stage are young emerging jazz artists from all around the world.
Emma Hedrick is an award-winning, rising star jazz vocalist, composer, and arranger. The Indianapolis native is currently studying vocal jazz performance on a full tuition scholarship at Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Emma was named one of the country's top young jazz vocalists by DownBeat Magazine two years in a row. She received her 3rd Downbeat Student Music Award (Outstanding Performance) for her undergraduate small vocal jazz ensemble. In 2020, Emma was selected as the vocalist for the Aspen Summer JAS Academy (under the direction of Christian McBride and Shelly Berg). In April 2021, Emma will travel to Riga, Latvia, as a jazz vocal semi-finalist, to perform in the International Jazz Artist Contest at the Riga Jazz Stage 2021. In 2019, Emma was a top 5 finalist in the International Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition where she placed 3rd. In 2018, Emma had the pleasure of performing in the Telluride All-Stars Ensemble at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado. At just 20 years old, Emma has also headlined at various venues including Indy Jazzfest (NextCon) and The Jazz Kitchen. Emma has been performing and arranging as a band leader since she was 14 years old.