Emma Hedrick is a 6-time DownBeat award-winning, vocalist, composer, and arranger. She currently lives in The Hague, Netherlands. Emma received the prestigious Holland Award and is attending the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where she is following a Master of Music degree in Vocal Jazz Performance with a focus on Composition. She is studying with Anka Koziel (Voice) and Wolfert Brederode (Composition). The Indianapolis native received her Bachelor of Music ('22) in Vocal Jazz Performance, Magna Cum Laude, and Presser Scholar, from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami under the tutelage of Dr. Kate Reid (Voice) and Dr. Stephen Guerra Jr. (Composition). At the University of Miami, she received 4 Downbeat Student Music Awards, Outstanding Vocal Soloist (2021, 2022), Outstanding Undergraduate Large Ensemble (JV1 -2020), and Winner Graduate Large Ensemble (Extensions -2022). In 2021, Emma was selected as a mentee in Jazz Composition for the Women In Jazz Organization, where she studied with Rosanna Eckert. 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 22 years old, Emma has also headlined at various venues including the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival (with the Helios Jazz Orchestra), 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.
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Emma Hedrick (Voice & Piano) with Shane McCandless (Saxophone)