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 is a co-founder of the percussion duo, Escape Ten, along with her duo partner and award winning percussionist, Andrea Venet.

Contact Me

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


Areas of Expertise

  • Percussion
  • Research/Production: Percussion Ensemble

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 was the first performing arts event (or film) that you remember seeing or participating in and what do you remember most about it?

I performed with the Houston Youth Symphony all during high school, and I can vividly remember my first performance with them, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. This being my first orchestral experience, I didn't mind counting rests because the music was so captivating to me. I learned two things at that time, that I could definitely picture myself as a professional musician and that cymbals are heavy!

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 the percussion duo, Escape Ten
  • Member of the Percussive Arts Society

Honors & Awards

  • Malletech Performing Artist 


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