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 Master’s 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, performed with Grammy winning alternative band TOOL, and has collaborated with composers Michael Burritt, Alejandro Viñao, Ivan Trevino, Emmanuel Séjourné, Joe Locke, Steve Danyew, Steve Ridley, and Drew Worden.
Dr. Venet’s percussion duo Escape Ten actively performs around the country as Malletech artists, and has their own publication series of new percussion duos through Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP). In addition to a showcase concert at the 2016 PASIC Convention, Escape Ten gave the world premiere of their commission 2300 Degrees, by Ivan Trevino, in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. Escape Ten has been featured artists at the Barnes Foundation, the 35th and 36th Annual Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminars, the McCormick Marimba Festival, Minnesota Percussion Association Day of Percussion, University of Central Arkansas, University of North Carolina, Southeast Missouri State, Virginia Tech, the International Trombone Festival, Christopher Newport University, the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, and at the Virginia Humanities Conference at Roanoke College.
Dr. Venet 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).