Dr. Annie Stevens is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia where she teaches studio percussion and directs the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble. 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, International Trombone Festival, 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 has collaborated 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 a Malletech performing artist.
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. Dr. 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. Dr. Venet received her Masters in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University and a Bachelors of Music from Arizona State University. As a passionate educator, Dr. Venet’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 an international soloist, Dr. Venet has performed at the 5th Annual Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Perkumania Paris International Marimba Competition, as well as taking 2nd prize at the 2013 PAS KoSA Solo Marimba Competition at New York University. Additionally, Dr. Venet has been a featured soloist with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, a member of the award winning Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and performed with Grammy winning alternative band TOOL.
Andrea is a performing Malletech artist, and endorses Remo and DREAM Cymbals. 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).