Dr. Andrea Venet is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of North Florida where she directs the UNF percussion ensemble, teaches applied lessons, pedagogy, methods and percussion literature. Venet holds a DMA in Performance and Literature with a minor in Pedagogy, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. As a passionate educator, Andrea’s research involves pedagogy, with focus on college percussion education at various levels, classical improvisation and historically informed Baroque performance practice techniques for Bach on marimba.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Andrea has performed internationally in Europe and the US. Dr. Venet was recently featured at Kyoto City University of the Arts Exchange concert with UNF and KCUA faculty. Additionally, she will be a judge and clinician for the Great Plains International Marimba Competition in 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK. Andrea is a performing Malletech artist, endorses Remo and DREAM Cymbals, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. In addition to serving on the PAS Keyboard Committee, she is a member of the MPI Editorial Board, and her arrangements can be found through Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP).
Dr. Annie Stevens is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where she teaches studio percussion and directs the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble. As an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and internationally, Annie has been featured in performances at the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., the Wintergreen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Music Center, the International Trumpet Guild, and music conservatories in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xi’an, China.
She has performed with the festival orchestras of the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, and performs regularly with the Roanoke Symphony. Her teachers include Michael Burritt, She-e Wu, Alan Abel, Chip Ross, Bill Cahn, James Ross, and Tom McGowan. She can be heard on the albums, Blue Earth County with the Kelly Rossum Quartet, and Escape Ten’s, Colours of a Groove.