Andrea Venet is a marimba and percussion artist specializing in contemporary and classical solo and chamber percussion literature. A strong supporter and performer of both standard and new percussion repertoire, she is also active in adapting music from pop and mainstream genres for the percussion ensemble. Andrea is an active and sought after clinician, adjudicator, and teacher of all ages.
Andrea has performed as a soloist, chamber, and large ensemble musician across the United States and in Europe. Along with being a founding member of Escape 10, she is also a member of 'Sound-Pressure Co-Op', a collaborative cross-over chamber ensemble specializing in new music. Andrea has been part of four U.S. and world premiers. She made her second European appearance in the prestigious 5th Annual Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Germany in 2008, and competed in the Perkumania Paris International Marimba Competition in 2006. Andrea has performed with notable percussionists She-e Wu, Chris Deviney, and Rolando Morales-Matos. She has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) three times, including two Showcase concerts with internationally renowned She-e Wu (2005) and with the Arizona State University Contemporary Percussion Ensemble (2002). At the 2004 PASIC she performed in a clinic presented by Mr. James Ancona and the Santa Clara Vanguard front ensemble. As a performer she has been part of three tours across the United States with the 6 time World Champions Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Andrea has also performed in concert with the Grammy award winning alternative band TOOL with the Gilbert Drumline in 2001.
Ms. Venet is currently pursuing her Doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. Andrea holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University (2007) and a Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State (2005). She has had the privilege to study with Michael Burritt, She-e Wu, Dr. J.B. Smith, Bob Becker, Jim Ancona, Bill Wanser, Dom Moio, Casey Farina, Stephen Ridley, and Elizabeth Meltzer. Ms Venet is an active part of the Innovative Percussion Educational Team, a Majestic Artist, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
Annie Stevens is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. She recently earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.
As an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and internationally, Annie has been featured in recent performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Computer Music Conference, and Eastman’s China Connection Ensemble. She has performed with the festival orchestras of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland, and the Aspen Music Festival. As an advocate for new music and percussion repertoire, she participates with many chamber groups engaged in commissioning new works such as New York’s Signal ensemble and the Grammy nominated Metropolis Ensemble. She has also participated in the organization, Make Music New York, on several occasions.
Annie Stevens has a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. She has held previous appointments at Christopher Newport University and the University of West Georgia and is an active member of the Innovative Percussion Educational Team.