Annie Stevens

Annie Stevens

Visiting Assistant Professor - Percussion

Annie Stevens 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. She has performed internationally at music conservatories in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xi'an, China, the Paris Conservatory, the University of Huddersfield in England, and the Hochshule für Musik in Detmold, Germany.  She has been featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on numerous occasions, the Virginia Music Educator's Association annual conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, the International Trumpet Guild, and the International Trombone Festival.  As a member of the Escape Ten percussion duo, she performs across the country with her duo partner, Andrea Venet. Among their many performances, Escape X has performed at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, and as invited guest artists to numerous universities. The duo commissions new works and publishes these through their publication series with Keyboard Percussion Publications under the Escape X Series.  Annie can be heard on the albums--The Kelly Rossum Quartet, and Escape Ten's Colours of a Groove.

Contact Me

(540) 231-5604
247 Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Areas of Expertise

  • Solo Percussion Repertoire
  • Chamber Percussion Repertoire
  • West African Drumming
  • Percussion with Fixed Media

Education & Training

  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
  • M.M., Rutgers University
  • B.M., Northwestern University

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.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Co-founder of Escape Ten (percussion duo)
  • National Association for Music Education
  • College Music Society
  • Percussive Arts Society (Music Technology Committee Member)

Honors & Awards

  • Malletech Performing Artist 
  • Remo Performing Artist


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