Department of Music
 

Annie Stevens: percussion

Annie Stevens is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at Virginia Tech where she directs the percussion ensemble and teaches studio percussion. In 2012, she earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Michael Burritt. Annie is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and internationally, displaying a wide range of expertise across the spectrum of percussion instruments. Annie has been featured in recent performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Electronic Music Midwest, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Computer Music Conference, and Eastman's China Connection Ensemble. In 2009, she was featured as a soloist with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble while on tour at the Paris Conservatory.

Annie is a co-founder of the percussion duo, Escape Ten, along with her duo partner and award winning percussionist, Andrea Venet. Escape Ten has traveled to several universities and concert venues across the country and is actively engaged in commissioning new works for this medium. Their first album will be released in November of 2013. The music of Escape Ten can be heard on their website, www.escapeten.com.

Annie has performed under the baton of several internationally recognized conductors including David Robertson, David Zinman, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya while participating in the festival orchestras of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland, and the Aspen Music Festival. As an advocate for new music, she participates with many chamber groups engaged in commissioning new works such as New York's Ensemble Signal and the Grammy nominated Metropolis Ensemble. She has also participated in performances for the organization, Make Music New York, on several occasions.

Annie Stevens holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. Her teachers include Michael Burritt, Bill Cahn, Alan Abel, and She-e Wu. She has held previous appointments at Christopher Newport University and the University of West Georgia and is an active member of the Innovative Percussion Educational Team.

ajs@vt.edu