Percussion Ensemble

Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble (VTP), directed by Dr. Annie Stevens, is a university ensemble open to music majors and non-majors by audition in the fall semester. VTP performs a wide body of repertoire from classical transcriptions and chamber works to traditional West African drumming music and large percussion orchestra pieces. The ensemble features several guest artists throughout the year and students have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with visiting guests artists on several occasions.

Audition information:
All non-majors must show fluency on both snare drum and mallets to be considered for the ensemble. The audition for non-majors consists of the audition etudes (see the link below), as well as sight reading on both snare drum and mallets. 4-mallet technique on mallets is not a requirement for acceptance into the ensemble. There is an expectation that ensemble members will meet at least once a week for rehearsal outside of designated class time. Non-majors interested in auditioning should email Dr. Annie Stevens at to set up an audition date. The audition will occur the week before fall semester classes, or during the first week of classes. There will be no auditions for acceptance into the ensemble for the spring semester. Auditions only occur in the fall.

Audition Etudes:
Mitchell Peters: Intermediate Snare Drum Studies, #28
Morris Goldenberg: Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone, Etude V
View the 2017-2018 Audition Packet here

Fall 2017 Percussion Ensemble Concert:
Saturday, November 4
Lyric Theatre
Blacksburg, VA

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View a recently released dynamic music video of the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble, directed by Annie Stevens, of Shared Space by Ivan Trevino. The video features the ensemble performing in prominent locales around Virginia Tech and Blacksburg including the War Memorial, Horticulture Garden, Henderson Lawn, VT Recording Studio, and Heritage Park.  As a collaborative project between students and faculty, Annie Stevens is the director and producer of the audio recording, Ryan Vazquez (junior, music technology and Applied Economic Management: International Trade and Development) is the recording engineer, and Steven Arnold (sophomore music education and music performance) is the video editor. The performers include: Steven Arnold (sophomore, music education and music performance), JD Grizzle (senior, music education and music performance), Chris Hochella (junior, music performance), Jesse Hughes (sophomore, music education and music performance), Joshua Morrison (sophomore, music education and music technology), Laura Moniuszko (sophomore, music education and music performance), Denver Nuckolls (sophomore, music performance and music technology).

View Past VTP Programs

Non-major students are encouraged to participate in the Symphony Band. Contact Dana Biggs to inquire about the Symphony Band percussion auditions.

Want to know more?
Annie Stevens is happy to answer your questions.

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