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Annie Stevens

Annie Stevens, Assistant Professor of Percussion

Annie Stevens
Annie Stevens, Assistant Professor of Percussion

School of Performing Arts
247 Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5335 | ajs@vt.edu

Annie Stevens is an assistant professor of percussion in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, where she teaches studio percussion and directs the VT Percussion Ensemble.

As a chamber musician and soloist, Stevens has performed internationally at music conservatories in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xi’an, China, The Academy for the Performing Arts in Trinidad, the Paris Conservatory with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and has toured throughout Germany as timpanist with the Detmold Chamber Orchestra. In 2017, she was invited as a fellow to attend Ensemble Evolution, a performance seminar hosted by the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Banff Centre in Banff, Canada. Nationally, she has collaborated with New York’s Ensemble Signal and the Grammy nominated Metropolis Ensemble. Local engagements include those with the Roanoke Symphony as the principal timpanist, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, and the Garth Newell Music Center. She can be heard on the albums, Blue Earth County with the Kelly Rossum Quartet, and Escape Ten’s Colours of a Groove (2015) and Our Favorite Things (2020) on the Parma Recordings Label.        

Stevens has been featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on numerous occasions, the Virginia Music Educator’s Association annual conference, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression international conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, the International Trumpet Guild, the College Music Society National Conference, and the International Trombone Festival.

As a member of the percussion duo Escape Ten, Stevens maintains an active performance calendar around the United States and abroad, having recently performed with the Escape Ten duo at the 2019 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference (WASBE) in Buñol, Spain, and the 3rd Meeting of Contemporary Percussionists in Xabia, Spain. Escape Ten, comprised of Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet, performs new repertoire throughout the U.S. and abroad, collectively contributing to the growing repertoire of percussion music by commissioning composers, and publishing these new works under the Escape X Series through Keyboard Percussion Publications. The duo has also performed a keyboard showcase concert at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Festival, Atlanta's prestigious Spivey Hall, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum, and numerous universities.

Stevens earned a D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied percussion with Michael Burritt. Her research interests are in the area of chamber percussion, percussion pedagogy, and world percussion. She also holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.M.) and Rutgers University (M.M.), and she spent a semester abroad at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. Her teachers include Michael Burritt, She-e Wu, Bill Cahn, Alan Abel, Chip Ross, and Tom McGowan. Annie is a Malletech Performing Artist, a Remo artist, a Dream Cymbals and Gongs artist, and serves on the Board of Advisors and music technology committee for the Percussive Arts Society.

  • Performance and Recording of Chamber Percussion Music
  • Percussion Pedagogy
  • Electroacoustic Percussion Music
  • West African Drumming
  • Performance Practice of Orchestral Percussion
  • DMA in Percussion Performance and Literature, The Eastman School of Music, 2012
  • MM in Percussion Performance, Rutgers University, 2006
  • BM in Percussion Performance, Northwestern University, 2004
  • Board of Advisors, The Percussive Arts Society
  • Music Technology Committee, The Percussive Arts Society
  • Diversity Alliance, The Percussive Arts Society
  • Diversity Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Science, Virginia Tech, 2019

Recordings

  • Our Favorite Things, Escape Ten Duo, Parma Recordings Label, 2020
  • Blue Earth County, Kelly Rossum Quartet, 612 Sides Label, 2016
  • Colours of a Groove, Escape Ten Duo, Escape Ten Records, 2015

Journal Articles

  • Introducing the MechDrum ™, Percussive Notes, Vol. 57, March 2019

Interviews

  • Tech-Centric Percussion Opportunities: Case Studies in Collaboration, Percussive Notes, Vol. 58, June 2020 by Kurt Gartner

Escape Ten Performances:

Virginia Tech Percussion:

What do you most enjoy about your work?
I enjoy the creative process of seeing a performance through to its completion — from diligently working with students in rehearsals and private lessons, to watching the final performance of a piece.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?
There must be a sense of community among percussionists, and this is what I strive to see my students cultivate. Our job is almost impossible to accomplish without the help, positive influence and musicianship of the entire studio.

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