Annie Stevens is the Visiting 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.
Andrea Venet is a marimba and percussion artist specializing in contemporary and classical solo and chamber percussion literature. She currently teaches percussion at Oklahoma City University as a sabbatical replacement for the 2015 Spring semester. In addition to an extensive teaching background, she has performed as a soloist, chamber, and large ensemble musician across the United States. She was awarded 2nd Prize at the PAS KoSA Solo marimba competition in New York City in 2013. She has competed in Europe twice, in the prestigious 5th Annual Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Germany and at Perkumania Paris International Marimba Competition in 2006.
In addition to Escape Ten, Andrea has performed as a chamber musician with the Eastman Chamber Players, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) four times, as well as being featured in the International Trombone Festival. Recently, Andrea was part of two world premiers at PASIC; Water by Alejandro Viñao, and Fandango 13 by Michael Burritt. She has also done three tours across the United States with the 6 time World Champions Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Andrea can be heard on the albums Colours of a Groove (Escape Ten), At the Root of Identity (2nd place in the American Prize: Celebrating American Excellence in the Arts Chamber Music division), and Trilogy (Eastman Wind Ensemble). She has also professionally recorded music by Michael Burritt and Alejandro Viñao with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble.
Ms. Venet is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Performance and Literature with a minor in Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music, from where she also holds the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Andrea received her Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University and Arizona State University, respectively. Ms. Venet is a performing Malletech artist and a member of the Percussive Arts Society.