My Story

Vocalist, composer, and arranger, Emma Hedrick, 20, is a Sophomore at the highly acclaimed University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a member of the Downbeat Student Music Award winning (June 2020) JV1 vocal jazz ensemble (under the direction of Dr. Kate Reid). A native to Indianapolis, Emma has performed at The Telluride Jazz Festival (Telluride All-Star), The Jazz Kitchen, Indy Jazzfest (NextGen headliner), The Cabaret, The New World Center (Miami), Open Stage Club (Miami) and Tee Baryshnikov Center (NYC). Additionally, Emma was a docent at The Great American Songbook Foundation for the Songbook Exhibit Gallery at The Palladium in Carmel, IN. Emma is inspired by the jazz greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Betty Carter.

Emma is excited to have been selected as the vocalist for the Aspen Summer JAS Academy (summer 2020). The 2020 JAS Academy will be under the direction of JAS Academy Artist Director Christian McBride, working in tandem with Frost Dean Shelly Berg and Program Director Chuck Bergeron.

Emma is also scheduled to perform at the Riga Jazz Stage 2021 in the International Jazz Artist Contest in RIga, Latvia as a selected semi-finalist. In 2019, Emma was named a top 5 finalist in the International Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition held in Washington, DC.  She placed 3rd in the competition.

Emma is a three time DownBeat Student Music Award Winner.  In 2017 and 2018, DownBeat Magazine named Emma the national winner for their annual Student Music Awards in the high school vocal jazz soloist category.  In 2020, she was a member of the small vocal ensemble (Frost Woman's Vocal Jazz Ensemble) who won Outstanding Performance (Undergraduate College).

In 2018, Emma composed an original score and song, "You've Been On My Mind", for a short film, directed by Justin Park.  She performed the vocals for this movie score as well.  This score won the 'Best Original Score" award at the All American High School Film Festival.

In 2017 and 2018 Emma was a National YoungArts winner in Jazz Voice and a 2017 GRAMMY jazz camp finalist for voice. She attended the New York Regional YoungArts program in April 2018. In the summer of 2018, Emma performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival as part of the elite group of Telluride Jazz All Stars.

Emma has had the privilege to share the stage with many talented musicians including Rob Dixon, Everett Greene, Nick Tucker, Kenny Phelps, Steve Allee.


Emma started performing at the age of 9 with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. With this choir, she had the opportunity to perform at various prestigious venues around Indianapolis and to travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.  At the age of 12, she was also personally invited to perform on Cole Porter’s piano for his family.
 

Emma has experience arranging music for both small jazz combos and big bands.  Her arrangements have been played by The Main Street Jazz Band, The Butler Youth Jazz Ensemble, The Butler Jordan Jazz Choir and the Telluride Jazz All Stars. Emma has taken private lessons with Blair Clark, Erin Benedict (Butler University professor, Jazz Voice, 3 years), Dr. Gary Walters (Butler University professor, Jazz Piano, 3 years), Maggie Arcoleo (Classical Voice, 4 years), Charlie Christenson (Frost School of Music, Jazz Voice), Alison Wedding (Frost School of Music, Jazz Voice), Dr. Kate Reid (Frost School of Music, Jazz Voice).

Emma gives back to the community by performing on a regular basis at community events, local nursing homes and homeless shelters.  She was a member of Perfect Harmony, a part of Michael Feinstein's The Great American Songbook Foundation. With Perfect Harmony, a music program that collaborates with  Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, Emma performed jazz standards weekly for residents of local nursing homes.

Emma also has a passion for teaching and currently teaches at the Miami Arts Center (voice, piano and theory). Emma was a TA for vocal jazz at the Butler Summer Jazz Camp.

Currently, Emma is attending the University of Miami Frost School of Music studying studio music and vocal jazz on a full tuition Presidential Music scholarship.