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.

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 Eastman School of Music, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and Days of Percussion in several states.  The duo commissions new works and publishes these through their publication series with Keyboard Percussion Publications under the Escape X Series.

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 Electronics

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 
  • Remo Performing Artist


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