Emma Hedrick is a 4-time DownBeat 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 2021, Emma was awarded with the title of Presser Scholar, a prestigious academic and music based scholarship funded by the Presser Foundation. She received her 3rd and 4th Downbeat Student Music Awards (Outstanding Performance) at the University of Miami as a part of the Frost Jazz Vocal I ensemble in 2020 and as an Undergraduate Vocal Jazz Soloist in 2021. 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 was the selected vocalist for the Aspen Summer JAS Academy directed by Christian McBride in 2020. At just 21 years old, Emma has also headlined at various venues including Indy Jazzfest (NextCon) and The Jazz Kitchen. 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. 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.
Emma Hedrick with the Helios Jazz Orchestra