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. 

Recent Performances

Previous events

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.

The Mask - Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Fundraiser

The Crane Bay Event Center, Indianapolis, IN

Take a trip with us to New Orleans and enjoy Creole food, Kings Cake, and New Orleans inspired jazz all while supporting the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s mission to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis! ATTIRE: Festive Cocktail Mask Optional

A Night of Kathleen Grace

Gusman Hall, Miami, FL

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with guest artist Kathleen Grace as she sings about the ‘ups and downs of love,’ kicking off the 2nd Annual Frost Jazz Vocal Invitational. Featuring Frost vocal jazz ensembles.

Private Holiday Event

Private Event - Corporate Holiday Party

Stephen Guerra’s Big Band Holiday Concert

Gusman Hall, Coral Gable, FL

The 3rd annual holiday concert returns with new arrangements of holiday classics, including a sing-along for the first time! Selections showcase music representing Christmas traditions from around the world.

A Night of Sheila Jordan: JV1, JV2, Extensions

Gusman Hall, Coral Gable, FL

Sheila Jordan, voice

NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan is a one-of-a-kind singer and songwriter. She studied with Lennie Tristano and Charles Mingus; called Charlie Parker her “big brother” and teacher; has performed and recorded as a leader as well as with top artists and groups; and then nearly invented a performing setting featuring just voice and acoustic bass.

Frost School of Music - JV1 and Extensions Concert

Gusman Hall, Coral Gables, FL

Enjoy an evening of traditional vocal jazz arrangements from the American Songbook and instrumental jazz literature featuring the improvisational skills of Frost students. They will perform the music of arranging legends Gene Puerling and Phil Mattson along with arrangements by jazz faculty artists, Steve Guerra and Kate Reid.

Choralcopia: A Choral Celebration

Gusman Hall, Coral Gable, FL

A collaborative collage featuring a variety of choral ensembles in classical, jazz, operatic, and contemporary styles. Enjoy an evening of heavenly, and a few earthy, harmonies.