Annie Stevens

Annie Stevens

Assistant Professor - Percussion

Annie Stevens teaches studio percussion and directs the VT percussion ensemble (VTP) (  As a member of the percussion duo, Escape Ten (, she has performed in Atlanta's prestigious Spivey Hall, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Festival in New Jersey, and proudly endorses Malletech instruments, Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and Remo products. 

She has performed internationally at music conservatories in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xi’an; at the Paris Conservatory; and has toured throughout Germany as timpanist with the Detmold Chamber Orchestra. Nationally, she has collaborated with New York’s Ensemble Signal and the Grammy nominated Metropolis Ensemble. She can be heard on albums, Blue Earth County with the Kelly Rossum Quartet, and Escape Ten’s, Colours of a Groove.        

She earned a D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied percussion with Michael Burritt. She also holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.M.) and Rutgers University (M.M.), and spent a semester abroad at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. She has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, and The Music Academy of West. Annie is a member of the College Music Society, and serves on the music technology committee for the Percussive Arts Society. She currently lives in Blacksburg with her husband and violinist John Irrera.

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.

What are the performances you are most excited about in 2016-2017?

  • Escape Ten's Keyboard Showcase Concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on November 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN
  • The Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble concert on October 29, 2016 in Haymarket Theatre, Virginia Tech
  • The Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble Festival on March 25, 2017 in the Moss Arts Center
  • My recital in the Moss Arts Center's CUBE on February 28, 2017 where I will perform new and traditional works for percussion and fixed media!
  • Escape Ten's performance with the Arizona State University Percussion Ensemble at the McCormick Marimba Festival in January of 2017 

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
  • Dream Cymbals and Gongs Artist


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