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CHS student named 'Outstanding Vocal Jazz Soloist'

Congratulations CHS junior Emma Hedrick on receiving DownBeat Magazine's award for "Outstanding Vocal Jazz Soloist"!

DownBeat Magazine is the premier magazine for jazz enthusiasts and professionals around the world and each year recognizes young artists with their Student Music Awards. Emma is the first student in the history of CHS' jazz program to win a DownBeat Award.

"Emma is a tremendously talented and hard working musician. Her passion for excellence in performance is an inspiration to her peers and teachers alike" said Michael Pote, Director of Bands.

Emma was surprised with a reception at school announcing her award.

The DownBeat Student Music Awards, founded in 1976, are considered among the most prestigious awards in jazz education. As part of the competition, college, high school, and middle school students record their music and submit it for judging by professional musicians and educators from across the country.

Judging criteria is based on musicianship, creativity, improvisation, and technique, among other qualities.

Congratulations on this fantastic honor, Emma!

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