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 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. 

Recent Performances


Previous events

Monika Herzig Chick Corea Tribute with guest vocalist Emma Hedrick

Tee Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN

Experience the joy of Chick Corea’s music with
Monika Herzig – piano
Peter Kienle – bass
Chris Parker – drums
Special guests: Emma Hedrick (vocals), Oliver Nelson Jr (flute), and more

Emma Hedrick Trio at Woodland Terrace

Frost Vocal Jazz Ensembles


The nationally-renowned and award-winning jazz vocal ensembles present the music of Claudio Roditi, Paquito D'Rivera, Leslie Bricusse, and well-known jazz standards arranged by leading arrangers Darmon Meader and Dave Barduhn and several Frost School of Music Alumni.

Frost Vocal Jazz Ensembles


The award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal ensembles present music from the American Songbook with compositions by Jerome Kern, Mel Torme, Mack Gordon and Harry Warren and more contemporary literature from Pat Metheny, the Yellow Jackets and Groove For Thought.

Aspen Summer Jas Academy with Christian McBride/Shelly Berg/Chuck Bergeron

Aspen, CO

The nation’s only all-scholarship summer training program for gifted young emerging jazz artists, 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.